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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 10-, 14- and 19-meals-per-week plans or the Freedom Plan, which offers unlimited access to the dining halls. 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 any dining hall, on either campus, at any time during their operating hours. (Because of its limited capacity, the Risley Hall dining room will be 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 voluntary meal plan options.

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. 

Check out these great locations around campus:

  • Second Cup (Killam Library & Computer Science)
  • Library Bistro (Killam Library)
  • SUBWAY (Killam Library)
  • Tim Hortons (Life Sciences Centre & Student Union Building)
  • Extreme Pita (Life Sciences Centre)
  • Pizza Pizza (Life Sciences Centre)
  • Grille Works (Life Sciences Centre)
  • Green Café (Rowe Management Building)
  • Topios (Mona Campbell Building)
  • My 3 Cousins (food truck, across from Killam Library)
  • Tim Hortons (Tupper Medical Building)
  • Fillings Bistro 32 (Dentistry Building)
  • Brief Break (Weldon Law Building)
  • Tim Hortons Express (“B” Building Lounge, Sexton Campus)