Residence Meal Plans

Meal plans allow you to purchase meals, without tax, at all eateries and coffee shops on campus. Your Ryerson OneCard doubles as your meal plan card, which is used like a debit card. No need to carry cash!

Your Residence Meal Plan is your ticket to the most delicious, wholesome and affordable food that Ryerson has to offer. With it, you’ll enjoy fresh, made-from scratch meals from talented chefs, as well as the delicious diversity of our community.

Plus, it’s fast, convenient and easy. You can grab a healthy bite at any of our handy locations on campus, and you don’t have to carry cash — just carry your OneCard.

Best of all, your Residence Meal Plan helps you get the most from your money. You’ll save the tax (13%) on all of your meal purchases using the card, which means your dollars go ever further.

Half of the value is loaded onto your card in September; the remaining half is loaded onto your card in January. Money remaining on your card in December will be transferred to second term. Students with remaining balances at the end of the academic year have four options. You can find out more about the dollar amount for each meal plan size below.

How it works

Ryerson Eats Residence Meal Plans use declining balance technology similar to a debit card, but without the fees. Funds are loaded onto your OneCard at the beginning of each semester and deducted each time you swipe it to purchase meals at any of Ryerson Eats’ eateries and kiosks on campus, including Starbucks and Tim Hortons. Remember, meal purchases are tax-free.

Any money remaining on your card in December automatically transfers over to the second term. If at the end of the academic year you have a remaining balance, there are a few options for you. Please refer to the One Card website at for more details. Meal plans are mandatory for students living in Pitman Hall, ILLC and O’Keefe. Students living in Pitman Hall Apartments can choose the Light Plan to supplement their own cooking.

Your food, your way

Dietary requirements are never one-food-fits-all. That’s why we provide:

• Choices that reflect our community’s diverse cultural and nutritional requirements
• Clear, easy-to-identify labeling on all café and kiosk menus and signage
• Flexible options, like our Greens & Grains and Build Your Own Bowl stations, which let you tailor your meals to your own tastes

Right where you need us

Ryerson Eats has three dining locations and seven kiosks located conveniently throughout campus. Plus, your Meal Plan dollars can also be used at other campus food outlets, like Balzac’s, Oakham Café and the Ram in the Rye.

Is the meal plan mandatory?

The Residence Meal Plan is mandatory for all students living in residence at the International Living/Learning Centre (ILLC) or Pitman Hall. The Commuter meal plan is optional for students living in HOEM residence and off campus.

How much will the meal plans cost for 2017/18?

Meal plan prices for the 2017/18 academic year are:

Blue (previously small):   $3,575

Gold (previously medium):  $3,895

Light (previously flex):  $2,740

Please note that a $30 administrative fee will be applied to each residence meal plan.

How many meals can I expect to have with each plan?

The meal plans and their corresponding average meals are:

Gold plan – $3,895 (14 meals per week)*

Blue plan – $3,575 (13 meals per week)*

Light plan – $2,740 (10 meals per week)*

*Please note that average meal prices and quantities per week are approximate and dependent on the types and amounts of food you regularly consume. Meals can range from $5 – $12 (excluding premium meals offered in Pitman Dining Hall once per week).

How do the meal plan funds work?

Your meal plan funds are deposited into your OneCard account at the beginning of each semester and operates on a declining balance, similar to a debit card.

You will have access to 50% of the funds in the fall term and the remaining 50% in the winter term. Any funds remaining at the end of a term will carry forward to future terms for you to use as long as you have an active enrolment at Ryerson University.

Can I choose a Light plan if I am not staying in an apartment style room?

The Light plan is only offered to students living in apartments in Pitman Hall.

Can I opt out of the meal plan if I have dietary restrictions/allergies?

Dietary requirements are never one-food-fits-all, so connect with us regarding your unique dietary needs.

Can I switch the size (increase/decrease) of my meal plan after I’ve purchased it?

You can upgrade plans or add additional funds to your OneCard any time after you purchase your initial plan.

You may increase/decrease your residence meal plan in the first two weeks of the fall or winter semesters by sending a written request to  the OneCard office at

Please note that the Light plan is only offered to students living in apartments in Pitman Hall.

If my balance runs low in the fall term, can I get an advance from my winter term?

If you’ve used up your fall term meal plan prior to the end of the term, you can contact the OneCard office at to request an advance from your winter term meal plan.  

Please note this will reduce the amount of funds you have access to in the winter term, so you will most likely need to add funds to your meal plan.

What happens to my balance if I withdraw or graduate?

If you withdraw or graduate from Ryerson and have a balance on your residence meal plan account you can request via email to for a refund credit to your RAMSS account less a $100 administrative fee. You have until October 31st of that year to request your refund.

What happens to my balance at the end of the year?

If you have a balance remaining in your residence meal plan at the end of the year, you have the following four options:

1) Carry forward to the next academic year,

2) Transfer to Campus Fund

3) Make a donation to the campus food fund,

4) Refund to RAMSS Account

Any remaining balance, if not carried forward to the next academic year,  is subject to a 20% CAP based on your initial meal plan selection.

Students not exercising an option during the annual April 1 to May 15 window will have their balance carried forward to the next academic year.

For more information about refunds, visit the OneCard website or contact them at or 416-979-5000 x 7565.


Chantal D’Aoust, Marketing and Student Engagement Manager
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