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Food & Dining

Where will I be eating?

Living on campus means you can experience the ultimate in convenience—great food options just steps away from where you live. Choose from a variety of locations where you can eat a meal or just grab a snack. 

Do I have to have a meal plan?

If you're a resident of Gerard Hall, Howe Hall, Mini Res, Residence Houses, Risley Hall, Shirreff Hall, or LeMarchant Place, you must have a meal plan. You have several options including a 10-, 14-, and 19-meals-per-week plan, or the Freedom Plan, which offers unlimited access to the dining halls. LeMarchant Place also offers two block meal plan options. See Costs & Fees for a complete list of meal plan options and prices.

If you're a resident of Glengary Apartments or Grad House, you are not required to purchase a meal plan. You are welcome to purchase a meal plan if you choose to. See the Dalhousie Food Services website for voluntary meal plan options.

Tell me more about the dining halls

Our four residence dining halls are located on Studley Campus in Howe Hall, Shirreff Hall, Risley Hall and on Sexton Campus in O'Brien Hall.

As a residence student, you can eat at most dining halls, on either campus, at any time during their operating hours. (Because of its limited capacity, the Risley Hall dining room is restricted to residents of Risley and LeMarchant Place across the street.) Also, each dining hall features different menu items each day, so you can check the daily menus at the Dalhousie Food Services website and decide which dining hall is offering the menu that best suits your taste. 

If you're curious about the nutritional content of your meals, you'll find nutritional information provided at the kiosks in all the dining halls. If necessary, you can talk to the dietitian at Food Services about designing a plan to accommodate your needs.

Residence dining halls are a great place to connect with friends from residence and from off campus, as anyone can eat in the dining hall by paying cash at the door or purchasing a meal plan. See the Dalhousie Food Services website for meal plan options.

*Please note, meal plans are selected at the time you accept your room offer and will be charged to your student account with your residence fee. Residence students do not need to purchase a meal plan separately. Please contact the Residence Office if you'd like to change your meal plan during the year.

Are there other on-campus options?

Dalhousie Food Services includes several other retail food options, conveniently located across campus for a last-minute snack or meal. If you have deposited funds on your DalCard or have Food Bucks as part of your meal plan, you can use this money at these locations. And, of course, you can pay with cash.