Mandatory meal plans

For students living in V1, REV or Claudette Millar Hall

Keep your money in your pocket and use your meal plan! Whether you’re hanging out with friends around a platter of wings at our Superbowl party, or digging into a steaming bowl of fortifying veggie chili while cramming at 1 a.m., residence meal plans are simple to use and let you eat when you want to (Mudie’s or Revelations have extended hours during winter and fall exam time.) With so much variety across campus, you won’t go hungry at Waterloo!

As a student living in Village 1, Ron Eydt Village, Claudette Millar Hall, you must choose a Residence Meal Plan Allowance, also known as a RMPA, for each four-month term. You can use your RMPA at all UW Food Service eateries, which makes eating at Waterloo easy to fit in with your busy schedule.

What’s in it for me?

You can head down from your room for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a quick snack – the eateries are open for long hours and the food choices are endless! Since the meal plans can be used at any of our 24 UW Food Services location and receive 50% off the marked price, you are able to eat on campus and on the go!

What's the plan?

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Fees

Residence Meal Plan Allowance per term  
What it's called? What do you pay?  Meal Plan Portion Flex Portion Overhead Deduction Capital Improvement Allocation
Lite $2,452 $1,196 $0 $1,196 $60
Average $2,652 $1,196 $200 $1,196 $60
Hearty $2,852 $1,196 $400 $1,196 $60

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Fees

Residence Meal Plan Allowance per term
What it's called? What do you pay?  Meal Plan Portion

Flex Dollar

Overhead Deduction Capital Improvement Allocation
Lite $2,524 $1,232 $0 $1,232 $60
Average $2,724 $1,232 $200 $1,232 $60
Hearty $2,924 $1,232 $400 $1,232 $60

Meal Plan Portion: This portion is reserved for meal plans. It is tax-exempt and can only be used in UW Food Services locations.  Every time you purchase food using your meal plan, you will get 50% the set price.

Flex Dollar Portion: Flex dollars can be used at non-Food Services locations such as the book store, laundry, photocopying and the W Store.  They can also be used at various off-campus partner restaurants and stores.  If you run out of meal plan dollars, you can convert your flex dollars into meal plan to use on food!  

Overhead Deduction: The Residence overhead deduction is a critical upfront payment that covers a portion of fixed costs. It is a deposit that is gradually reduced every time you make a purchase at ANY of our 24 Food Services locations through the 50% price reduction received at the till.

Capital Improvement: This is a non-refundable amount used for capital expenditures that directly enhance residence dining environments, facilities and equipment. It is deducted from the meal plan cost and cannot be used to make food purchases.

What's the scoop?

Lite - This is a great plan for students who go home on weekends or are light eaters.

Average – This plan offers the convenience of eating most meals on campus, with a couple meals a week eaten off campus.

Hearty – Choose this Flex Dollar selection if you plan on eating at campus seven days a week. (Or just can’t get enough of our amazing food.)

Note: Students are automatically registered for the RMPA Average option. Flex Dollars are not tax exempt.

Want to change your meal plan to Lite or Hearty?

To change your meal plan visit the WatCard office. 

Add some Flex Dollars

Have a big appetite? There’s no need to deny your hunger. Flex dollars are used to top up your empty RMPA account before the end of term and for additional on–campus services such as vending, laundry, buying textbooks and even for buying food at participating off–campus restaurants. Transfer money from your Flex Dollars – which can be loaded onto your WatCard any time – to your empty RMPA account. That way you can keep getting that valuable tax exemption.

Check out our FAQ to find answers to common meal plan questions or contact us for more information! 

The fine print: Federal and Provincial tax legislation prohibits the use of tax-exempt meal plan funds by individuals who are not qualified to receive these benefits. Only the WatCard holder may purchase meals. WatCard holders purchasing more than one meal at a time will be charged appropriate taxes on the meal with the lower value. All applicable discounts will be applied before taxes. Each transaction the cashier will examine the photo on the WatCard to ensure that the person making the purchase is the WatCard holder. In all cases where the cashier suspects that somebody is using a WatCard other than the cardholder, the cashier must keep the card and prevent its use. The WatCard will be forwarded to the WatCard Office within four hours where it can be picked up by the proper cardholder at that time, or the next business day. Fraudulent use of WatCard funds to purchase food for other people may result in loss of all discount and tax exemption privileges. The security of a WatCard remains the cardholder’s responsibility. WatCards should be treated like a credit or debit card. If a WatCard is lost or stolen the cardholder is responsible for all charges made to that card until the card is reported lost or stolen. A WatCard can be reported lost or stolen at any WatCard cash register on campus, at the WatCard Office, or online at the WatCard homepage. All WatCards are the property of the University of Waterloo.