Residence Dining Plan
The Residence All Access Dining Plan is required for UBC Vancouver Residents living in Place Vanier, Orchard Commons and Totem Park. Having a dining plan has many advantages, but most importantly it means you’ll be sharing nutritious and delicious meals with friends in a caring environment where diversity, wellbeing, and community matter.
Improves self-esteem, academic success, nutrition, happiness and more.
Save Time & Energy
Focus on studying, making friends & getting involved in your new community.
Lighten your Load
No need to plan, shop, prep & clean up meals.
Healthy eating tips, dietary preference and allergen guidance from our RD.
Over 30 Locations
Dining rooms, restaurants, cafés, eateries and more. View a complete list of locations here.
How THE ALL ACCESS DINING Plan Works
The All Access Dining Plan allows students unlimited entries per day to eat what they want, without worrying about cost.
Who is for?
This plan is mandatory for residents of Place Vanier, Totem and Orchard Commons.
How does it work?
Students swipe their card upon entering one of the three food halls at Orchard Commons, Place Vanier or Totem, and have unlimited access to the dining hall, with no restrictions on how often they enter, or what they eat. Students can also use the Flex Dollars portion of their meal plan to make purchases at other food locations on campus.
How do I sign up?
• If you live in Place Vanier, Totem or Orchard Commons, you are already signed up as part of your Housing Contract.
DINING PLAN Fee Summary
Our All Access Dining Plan is made up of two types of Dining Dollars: All Access Residence Dining – worth $6,398.06 and Flex Dollars – worth $551.44. Total cost for the Dining Plan is $6,949.50.
All Access Residence Dollars - $6,398.06
All Access Dining has one set cost of $5998.44, allowing students to dine as often as they like at the three Dining Halls, without restrictions of any kind.
Flex Dollars - $551.44
Save 5% at Select Campus Partners!
As part of the All Access Dining Plan, diners can use $551.44 from their plan as Flex dollars, which they can use at other on-campus dining locations, or our off-campus dining partners. A 5% discount applies at select locations.
All Access dining swipe plan
As rooms in Ritsumeikan-UBC House and Gage Residence include full kitchens, first year students placed in those residences are not required to purchase the full All Access Dining meal plan. These students will instead have the option to purchase a bundle of swipes to access our dining halls at a discounted rate. Each swipe provides a single access to any one of the three dining halls. Students eligible for this option will receive information about it as part of their housing offer.
DOOR RATES FOR DINING HALLS
This door rate allows students, staff, faculty, and visitors who are not part of the dining plan to enjoy All Access Dining at Feast, Gather and Open Kitchen. The rates are as follows (not including GST):
Where Can I Use my ALL ACCESS DINING PLAN?
Your All Access Dining Plan is your meal ticket to eating on campus. In addition to unlimited food at our three dining halls – Feast, Gather, and Open Kitchen – you also have $499.50 in Flex Dollars to use at one of 30+ food locations on campus! You can enjoy everything from a full-service dinner at The Point, to a quick-serve meal at Mercante (serving up authentic wood-oven pizza), or a latté and baked good from one our many cafés.
Keep scrolling for a full-list of where you can eat with your All Access Dining Plan.
Residence Dining Rooms
Feast, Gather and Open Kitchen serve diverse, globally-inspired menus made from scratch and with local ingredients whenever possible.
Try The Point’s famous chicken & waffles with spicy maple syrup, or indulge in fusion cuisine at Brown’s.
Quick Serve Locations
Find great food at convenient locations around campus, like Triple Os, Mercante, Bento Sushi, Perugia, Pacific Poké, Ike’s and Subway.
Cafes & Markets
Enjoy hot drinks, baked goods, sandwiches, grab and go entrées, groceries and more at conveniently located cafés and markets across campus. Outlets include three Starbucks locations as well as Harvest, Stir It Up Café, and Hero Coffee + Market.
14+ locations on and near the UBC campus, including The Nest (UBC Student Union building), Browns Socialhouse, Domino’s Pizza, Great Dane Coffee and more. No discounts apply. More →
Hero Coffee + Market (Orchard Commons), Hubbard’s Global Market (Place Vanier) and Magda’s Nite Market (Totem Park) 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.
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Book an Appointment
Students in residence can meet with our Registered Dietitians to discuss food allergies, intolerance, nutrition-related medical conditions, general healthy eating and more.
Ask a Question
No time to meet up? Students in residence can email our Registered Dietitians with food or nutrition questions.
MOST POPULAR FAQS
All Access Dining offers students, staff and visitors of Feast, Gather, and Open Kitchen the opportunity to pay once, and enjoy as much as they care to eat while at the location! Choose between a variety of hot and self-serve stations, which feature a daily and weekly rotation of delicious chef-prepared food, including made-without-gluten and plant-based dishes.
In addition, the All Access Meal Plan includes $551.44 in Flex Dollars, which can be used at over 30 campus food locations. Want more Flex Dollars on your plan? Top up anytime through the online service center or at the SHCS Main Office.
Yes! For people who want to take their food to go, they will be required to place an order online the day before through Nutrislice.
- Service available for lunch only
- Must place order by 4:00 pm for the following day
- Lunches can be picked up at any of our three locations (identify which when order placed)
- Lunches can be picked up any time after 7:30am
For those looking for a quick snack on the way to class, there will be fruit, some baked goods, and coffee available to take outside of the dining hall. Students can take one piece of fresh fruit or one baked good, in addition to a beverage in their own mug.
We pay close attention to the top allergens, and also have a wide range of options that take into account the needs and preferences of a wide variety of diners.
- Made-without-gluten options are available at every station. That includes made-without-gluten breads, pizza crusts and dessert options. Please let staff know if you have celiac disease, or aren't sure what the made-without-gluten options are at a particular station.
- Plant-based options are available at every station for diners looking for vegetarian or vegan choices.
- All unprocessed chicken is halal.
- Nutritional information will be available on Nutrislice soon!
We also have a Manager of Nutrition & Wellbeing that can help with finding the right items for you. Learn more here.
Because diners have the opportunity to enjoy as much as they like during their meal, stations serve portions accordingly. These portion sizes:
- help reduce food waste, and
- allow diners to sample a wider variety of options during each meal.
Diners are invited to take more than one plate of a particular dish if they would like a larger serving size, or return for seconds (or thirds!).
Check your remaining balance online or at a cash register.
Residence Dollars are automatically transferred to a Carryover Plan in early May, enabling you to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages at UBC Discount Locations at a 5% discount. Residence Dollars can also be transferred to a UBC Food Services Gift Card by submitting the Request Form after April 1 but before the deadline provided. For details please refer to the Residence Contract section 4.11.
There is no charge for the transfer to a Carryover Plan or 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 a form by the deadline provided.
For more details please refer to your Residence Contract.