Dining at BU
Our declining balance food program is designed to provide residents with a nutritious, value-packed meal program allowing for maximum value and flexibility.
The meal plan saves time and money. Time isn’t spent shopping for food, cooking, and cleaning up the mess. This gives res students extra time to study, visit friends or participate in campus activities. Our meal plan saves money since food purchased on the residence meal plan is non-taxable.
Participation in the food program is mandatory for residence students. Residents pay into a “food account” at the beginning of each term. Food purchased in the Main Dining Room (MDR) is deducted from the balance remaining in this account.
Meals are served cafeteria style in a bright spacious co-ed dining room. All res students eating in the dining room present their student ID card at the cash register. The student’s ID card is read by the card readers and the purchase is deducted from their food account.
Meal Plan Card
What does this mean for you?
Cashiers will not be able to process a transaction by typing in the card’s bar code. You must have your card in hand to make a purchase.
Do not punch holes in your ID card, as it may disable the radio frequency reader embedded in the ID card.
Please Note: The loss of an identification card must be reported to the Residence Office, where a new one can be purchased for a charge of $27.50.
Meal Plan Rates*
- BU Students: $1960.10 1st term; $1960.10 2nd term; $3920.20 per academic year
- ACC Students: $1538.50 1st term; $1538.50 2nd term; $3077.00 per academic year
ACC food commitment is lower to allow ACC students the choice of purchasing their lunch while attending classes at the college.
- It is NOT intended that the minimum food commitment will be sufficient to last the entire term. We estimate the minimum commitment may be enough for a person with a light appetite, and who is not using their food card to pay for food on the weekends. Residents who are using their food cards to pay for all of their food in each term will likely need to add additional funds to their food account.
- Our kitchen can meet specific dietary needs such as low sodium diets and vegetarian diets, however residents on such diets will have a more limited menu choice. Residents on such diets are still responsible to contribute the full amount to the food program.
- Food Account balances may NOT be carried over from one term to the next and account balances at the end of each term are non-refundable.
- Food Account balances may NOT be transferred to another student.
- Bulk Orders on meal plan accounts can NOT be accepted. Only items stocked on MDR shelves or available through the MDR food stations are allowable meal plan purchases.
- The Main Dining Room closes for the Christmas break on or around December 15th. In the second term, the Main Dining Room closes on or around April 20th.
*Rates in effect until May 3, 2013.
Convenient Off-Campus Meal Cards
Meal cards are available even if you live off-campus. Faculty and students can take advantage of the convenience the meal card offers in the Main Dining Room. Any amount of money can be put on your Student ID card at the Residence Office in McMaster Hall or at Financial and Registration Services Office in Clark Hall. You don’t need to carry cash – so whether you are getting the lunch special or just grabbing a coffee and muffin, the Off-Campus Meal Card is a practical and economical way to eat.
NOTE:Off-campus meal purchases are taxable.
GST is collected at time of purchase.