Residence Meal Plan

The Residence Meal Plan is for UBC Vancouver Residents living in Place Vanier, Orchard Commons and Totem Park.

We’re thrilled to be taking you on a culinary journey that will inspire, delight and nourish you. Having a meal plan has many advantages, but most importantly it means you’ll be sharing great meals with friends in a caring environment where diversity, wellbeing, and community matter.

EATING TOGETHER

Improves self-esteem, academic success, nutrition, happiness and more.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT

Healthy eating tips, dietary preference and allergen guidance from our RD.

SAVE TIME & ENERGY

Focus on studying, making friends & getting involved in your new community.

FRESH HEALTHY FOODS

High-quality & wholesome ingredients guided by our Food Values.

LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD

No need to plan, shop, prepare & clean up after meals.

OVER 45 LOCATIONS

Dining rooms, restaurants, cafés, food trucks, eateries and more.

HOW YOUR MEAL PLAN WORKS

When you purchase your meal plan, funds are loaded onto your UBCcard. The Residence Meal Plan is a declining balance plan. Like a debit account, Dining Dollars in your meal plan account are deducted when you make food purchases.

To make a purchase, swipe your UBCcard at a cash register. Every food item has an individual price. In the residence dining rooms, your order total and price reduction will be displayed on a transaction screen at the cash register. Dining is not “all you care to eat” and there are no pre-set numbers of meals allotted to each student.

You must have your UBCcard with you when you make food purchases from your meal plan. If you don’t have it you will be asked to pay cash, credit or debit and will not receive a discount. Meal plans are non-transferable.

FEE SUMMARY

Residence Meal Plans are composed of two types of Dining Dollars: Residence Dollars and Flex Dollars.

Residence Dollars

Used for most meal plan food purchases and accepted only in our three residence dining rooms (Open Kitchen, Gather and Totem). Purchases are tax exempt (5%) and reduced by 25% at the time of transaction.

Flex Dollars

Used at 30+ Food Services locations (5% discount), 16+ Campus Partners, campus vending machines and pay-for-print. Gives students access to convenient locations outside of their residence dining rooms.

Here is a summary of 2017-2018 meal plan fees. For more detailed information about payment amounts and the payment schedule, visit the Fees & Payments page and click on the page for your residence.

 

TERM 1 TERM 2 TOTAL
Residence Dollars $1,483.90 $1,537.86 $3,021.76
Flex Dollars $548.90 $568.86 $1,117.76
Residence Overhead* $493.90 $511.86 $1,005.76
Residence CIF** $175.00 $175.00 $350.00
Total Per Term $2,701.70 $2,793.58 $5,495.28
* Residence Overhead is an upfront payment that covers a portion of fixed costs. Learn more about Residence Overhead below.
** Residence Dining CIF is a non-refundable Capital Improvement Fund used for capital investments that directly enhance residence dining environments, facilities and equipment. It is deducted from your meal plan cost and cannot be used to make food purchases.

HOW RESIDENCE OVERHEAD WORKS

Residence Overhead is a critical upfront payment that covers a portion of fixed costs. Essentially, it is a deposit that is slowly returned every time you make a purchase in our three Residence Dining Rooms through a 25% price reduction.

25% of $4,027.52 = $1,005.76*, your total Residence Overhead Fee.

TERM 1 TERM 2 TOTAL
Residence Dollars $1,483.90 $1,537.86 $3,021.76
Residence Overhead $493.90 $511.86 $1,005.76
Total Per Term $1,977.80 $2,049.72 $4,027.52

The price reduction you receive in Residence Dining is equivalent to the overhead paid. If you spend all of your Residence Dollars your Residence Overhead is returned.  If you spend half your Residence Dollars, only half of your Residence Overhead is returned.

 

* Yes, 25% of $4,027.52 should be equal to $1,006.88! The way our system calculates daily rates creates discrepancy within $1.00 depending on the calendar year.

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO SPEND?

You have $5,145.28 in retail food value to spend during your full meal plan contract – a combination of Residence Dollars ($3,021.76), Residence Overhead ($1,005.76) and Flex Dollars ($1,117.76).

When you spend Residence Dollars you are charged 25% less than the retail food value to offset your Residence Overhead fee. For example, when you buy a burger with a retail price of $10, you are charged $7.50 Residence Dollars for it. You also have $1,117.76 Flex Dollars to spend at 45+ nearby food service locations and campus partners.

WHERE CAN I USE MY RESIDENCE DOLLARS?

Plan to eat about 80% of your meals using Residence Dollars in residence dining to get the most value from your plan and stay on budget. The cost of food purchased in the residence dining halls is tax-exempt (5%) and reduced (25%) to reflect that Residence Overhead has been paid.

OPEN KITCHEN | ORCHARD COMMONS

From international comfort foods to custom stir-fries, vegetarian entrees and more, Open Kitchen represents the best of Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene. Keep an eye out for housemade seafood paella, custom burritos and our beloved vegetarian southwest bowl. More → 

GATHER | PLACE VANIER

Globally inspired, locally sourced. Our newly renovated space in Place Vanier serves up fresh & healthy West Coast contemporary cuisine including Indian food from renowned restaurateur Vikram Vij, sushi burritos, Latin American street food, and a deluxe salad bar. More → 

TOTEM DINING ROOM | TOTEM PARK

Totem Park offers fresh, delicious and wholesome foods from around the world. Dig into west coast crab cakes, Vietnamese spicy prawn hot pot, Buddha bowls and custom quesadillas. More → 

WHERE CAN I USE MY FLEX DOLLARS?

Enjoy 20% of your meals using Flex Dollars at food trucks, restaurants, pizza places, cafés, most locations owned by the AMS, national franchises and more. Food and non-alcoholic beverages purchased at UBC Food Services location are discounted by 5%.

UBC FOOD SERVICES

Enjoy authentic Neapolitan-style pizza at Mercante, comfort food classics at The Hungry Nomad, fresh pasta, flatbreads and panini at Perugia, full-service restaurant meals at The Point Grill, extra fancy lunches at Sage, and your favourite franchises like Starbucks, Tim Hortons and Triple O’s. More → 

CAMPUS PARTNERS

14+ locations on and near the UBC campus, including The Nest (UBC Student Union building), Booster Juice, Domino’s Pizza, Mahony & Sons, Vera’s Burgers, The Pita Pit and more. No discounts apply. More → 

OTHER LOCATIONS

Hero Coffee + Market (Orchard Commons), Hubbard’s Global Market (Place Vanier), Magda’s Late Night Market (Totem Park) and Gage Market (Walter Gage) offer extended hours and grocery staples. Flex dollars can also be used at many campus vending machines and Pay for Print in UBC libraries and study areas.

STAY ON TRACK

Your meal plan is designed to feed you for the full duration of your contract, but everyone has different eating habits and appetites. Keep track of your spending through the SHHS Online Service Centre and use these tools to stay on budget.

BUDGET CALCULATOR

Estimate your daily spend based on your eating habits and personal schedule.

SAMPLE MENU PLANS

Sample menu plans for healthy eating and vegetarian diets.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY EATING TIPS

Eating made easy! 8 tips to help you stay healthy and on-budget all year long.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT

Melissa Baker, Registered Dietitian, is available to discuss food and health concerns with students in residence. Topics can range from vegan and vegetarian diets, to healthy eating on a budget, to managing food allergies or health conditions.

Melissa is a champion of healthy choices and helps students learn more about the importance of nutrition through events, nutritional campaigns, group chats, and one-on-one meetings. Visit the nutrition page to learn more.

ASK A QUESTION

No time to meet up? Contact Melissa with your food or nutrition questions.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Meet with Melissa to discuss a food allergy, intolerance, nutrition-related medical condition or general healthy eating.

READ THE NUTRITION BLOG

Learn tips and tricks to perform your best while attending UBC.

FAQs

HOW DO I ADD MORE RESIDENCE DOLLARS AND FLEX DOLLARS?

Only Flex Dollars can be topped up. If you run out of Residence Dollars, your Flex Dollars will automatically transfer to Residence Dollars when you make purchases in the residence dining rooms, and you will continue to receive a 25% price reduction and 5% tax savings.

Top up anytime through the online service center or at the SHHS Main Office.

WHAT HAPPENS TO UNUSED RESIDENCE DOLLARS AND FLEX DOLLARS AT THE END OF MY CONTRACT?

Residence Dollars are automatically transferred to a Carryover Plan in early May, enabling you to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages at UBC Food Services locations at a 5% discount. Residence Dollars can be transferred to a UBC Food Services Gift Card by submitting this form by the deadline provided. There is no charge for the transfer to a Carryover Plan or UBC Food Services Gift Card.

Flex Dollars are automatically transferred to a UBCcard Plan at no charge at the end of your contract. Flex Dollars can be refunded for a $25 admin fee by submitting this form by the deadline provided.

For more details please refer to your Residence Contract.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY UBCCARD IS LOST OR STOLEN?

Lost or stolen UBCcards must be deactivated and reported immediately.

  1. Freeze your Residence Meal Plan by deactivating it through the SHHS Online Service Centre.
  2. Report your lost/stolen UBCcard through the UBC Carding Office.
  3. Get a replacement card from the UBC Carding Office.
  4. Visit a UBC Food Services location on campus and ask the cashier to swipe your new card—this puts your new UBC Card information on the system.
  5. Reactivate your Residence Meal Plan through the SHHS Online Service Centre.

UBC Food Services assumes no responsibility for fraudulent use of your UBCcard before your account is deactivated and your lost/stolen card is reported to the UBC Carding Office.

WHAT DOES UBC FOOD SERVICES DO WITH MY MONEY?

UBC Food Services Financial Breakdown: 2016/2017

* General operating expenses include kitchen, serving supplies and small equipment, cleaning and office supplies, licenses, insurance, IT, POS systems, bank charges, customs/freight, and more.