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Mandatory Meal Plans: Village 1, REV, New Residence

For students living in V1, REV or the New REZ

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, the New Residence, 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 REZ room for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a quick snack – the caf is open long hours and we have lots of food choices. The extra bonus is that you can use your meal plan dollars at any UW Food Services eatery across campus, which means you can grab a cup of coffee from your favourite Timmie’s before class! And talk about brownie points, most menu items are tax exempt too, which will save you a cool 13%.

What's the plan?

Fall 2017- Spring 2018 Fees

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

Food Price Reduction

Flex Portion Overhead Deduction*
Lite $2,305 $1125 50% $0 $1180
Average $2,505 $1125 50% $200 $1180
Hearty $2,705 $1125 50% $400 $1180
Overhead Deduction Information*

The overhead deduction is withheld at the beginning of the term to cover costs of labour, repairs, programming extended hours and other fixed costs. It also contributes to capital improvement and resident program enhancement.

When using your meal plan dollars, you receive 50% off all food purchases in our UW Food Services locations. So, if a sandwich costs $7.00, you only pay $3.50 at the register. Because of this reduction, you still get value for your meal plan dollars.  The 50% food price reduction is only applicable during the term you purchased the meal plan.

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.

Ask us

  • What happens if I have a leftover balance?

Any money remaining on your WatCard will automatically carry forward each term for as long as you are a student at UW. A few things to keep in mind: Meal plan money carries forward as Transfer Meal Plan (MP) money and does not convert to Flex Dollars. Any meal plan money that carries forward (RMPA or VPMP) is not HST exempt.

  • Do I still get a reduction on transferred meal plan money?

Your meal plan discount only applies during the term in which you purchased the plan. But here’s the good news: If you buy a meal plan during a subsequent term, the discount for that plan will apply to your Transfer MP money. This means if you buy an optional meal plan in your next term - you will receive the applicable discount to your new meal AND remaining meal plan money.

  • What if I forget my WatCard? Can I lend my WatCard or borrow someone else’s?

Due to special pricing and tax status for most students, your WatCard must be presented for every purchase. In fact, meal plans are non transferable and by law can’t be shared. That means you can’t use someone else’s WatCard to purchase items – even if they say it’s okay.

  • I stay on campus seven days a week, what meal plan should I get?

If you are planning on staying on campus for the full term, we recommend the Hearty Meal Plan. Our Average and Lite meal plans are geared towards students who will miss a few meals here and there, either from going home on weekends or eating off campus once in a while. 

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.