Value plus meal plans

Purchase a meal plan:

1. Add the correct amount of money corresponding to the meal plan to your Watcard through the Watcard Office.

2. Email the Watcard office with your full name and Watcard number and indicate which type of meal plan you would like to purchase.  If you do not contact them, your funds will be allocated to flex dollars and will not recieve the corresponding savings. 

Please note: mandatory meal plans are selected when registering for residence on the room assignment page


For students living in Mackenzie King Village, UW Place, Columbia Lake Village, Minota Hagey Residence or off campus

Itching for some a chickpea curry or customized flatbread pizza – but there’s no time to make it yourself? Or maybe you want to start the day off right with a healthy breakfast on the go. At UW, we make it incredibly easy for students living off campus or in a suite-style residence (Mackenzie King Village, UW Place, Columbia Lake Village or Minota Hagey Residence) to eat what they want, when they want.

What’s in it for me?

We aim to make selecting a meal plan as easy as finding a great place to eat on campus, especially for students away from home for the first time. We know this is an exciting, and overwhelming, time, but with UW Food Services whipping up tons of exciting, nourishing lunches, dinners, snacks and even desserts at locations scattered all over our campus, our students are able to study hard and stay healthy without spending hours shopping for groceries or on meal prep.

And did we mention the cost saving? Value Plus Meal Plans (VPMP) are a deal. Depending on the VPMP you buy, you’ll get a savings of 6% to 18% off most food purchases at a UW Food Services location. Remember: You can buy a meal plan at any time during the term, but the earlier you purchase one, the sooner you save!

What plan should I buy?

Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Fees

Value Plus Meal Plan Allowance
What it's called? Meal plan portion Flex dollar portion What do you pay Savings 
Super Saver $1,800 $150 $1,950 18% off most items*
Saver $1,525 $150 $1,675 15% off most items**
Casual $1,200 $200 $1,400 6% off most items
Which plan is right for me?

CASUAL PLAN – Recommended for those who live off-campus and would like a lunch or two on campus and light snacks and beverages. This plan is not HST exempt, therefore applicable taxes are added to meal costs when purchased. 

SAVER PLAN – Recommended for those who live in CLV, UWP or MKV who are looking for a few meals a week on campus and at residence dining halls.  Whether you’re craving a hot lunch at South Side Marketplace or a hearty dinner at V1, this plan will help you spend less time cooking and more time enjoying campus! You will enjoy a 15% food price reduction on most food items, offering you great savings and flexibility on campus. *This meal plan is HST exempt - the savings come from not paying taxes of 13% plus an additional 2% savings from Food Services.  This meal equals about 10 meals a week. 

SUPER SAVER PLAN - Recommended for those in UWP and MKV who would like to eat at residence dining halls and on-campus regularly. This plan will offer you great value with an 18% food price reduction and tons of options.  It will help you save time and build community as you eat with your peers at one of our 27 locations across campus.  You can choose from a multitude of locations including all residence eateries and all Food Services locations across campus! **This meal plan is HST exempt - the savings come from not paying taxes of 13% plus an additional 5% savings from Food Services.  This meal equals about 12 meals a week.  

Note: 
Some junk food, bulk items and non-food items may still require paying HST. Flex Dollars are not tax discountable or HST exempt.


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.