Student Life
Meal Plan
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Meal Plan

Food – it’s the fuel that keeps your body and mind running in top form. In the SJU Residence, it’s also a catalyst that boosts the power of community. Meals become connection points where we share not just what’s on our plates, but also what’s in our hearts and minds as we digest the events of our day and make plans for tomorrow. What exactly was the prof getting at in class today? Who’s up for a quick game of ping pong?


Whether you’re already living in the SJU Residence, or you’re considering applying for next term, we hope this summary gives you everything you need to know about our meal plan.

All Inclusive Meal Plan

You may have moved away from the home you grew up in, but we want the SJU Residence to feel like a close substitute -- which includes sitting down to family dinners. That’s why your all-inclusive meal plan is covered by your residence fees. No need to keep track of a declining balance or worry about trips to the grocery store during exams. You just have to show up in the caf and dig in!


And you can go ahead and invite your friends over, too, because everyone is welcome. In fact, St. Jerome’s has a reputation as one of the most popular places to eat on campus. Your guests can just pay cash, credit or debit.


Grade A

Just as you’re always aiming for top marks in your studies, our chefs also strive for high grades when they’re slicing and dicing, mixing and stirring, baking and frying behind the scenes. Here’s the course outline of their daily assignments:

  • Varied rotating three-week menu
  • Choice of hot and cold entrees
  • Vegetarian options at every meal
  • Daily deli sandwich and salad bars
  • Homemade desserts and breads


Balanced Choices – food for thought

Your muscles aren’t the only part of you that requires nourishment. Your brain is also hoping for the high-grade fuel it needs for peak performance. So look for the Balanced Choices symbol that identifies healthier selections, and treat your whole body.


Special extras

If you’re a resident, you might already have experienced memorable theme menus, house and floor dinners, and popular special-event culinary delights like these:

  • Menutainment – a special entertaining menu item cooked to order. When the menu includes one of these varied chef’s choices, such as pasta or stir fry, you can customize it to suit your tastes. 
  • Theme dinner nights – Favourites include “Breakfast for Dinner” (You won’t want to skip this one!), Pasta Night, Food Court (like shopping-mall retail therapy), The Letter “S” (brought to you by memories of Sesame Street), and fajita and taco bars.
  • Your Kitchen to Ours – We ask your family to send in a favourite recipe for our chefs to whip up so that you can enjoy a taste of home.
Hours & Locations
The Servery

Our servery, located in the D.R. Letson Community Centre, is open from 7:30 a.m to 7 p.m. during the week and from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, with drinks, fruit, and snacks always available during those hours.  These are the times for hot meals:


Monday to Friday From To
Breakfast 7:30 a.m 10 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. 7 p.m.
Deli Bar 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Grill 7:30 a.m. 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Start End
Continental Breakfast 9:30 a.m.* 10:30 a.m.
Brunch 10:30 a.m. 2 p.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

 * Please note that during exam periods, the servery opens for continental breakfast on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. This is in order to accommodate students who have early exams on Saturday mornings. 


The Buttery – Late-Night Noshing

Got the munchies? Need a break from the books? MasterChef Canada one of your dreams? The Buttery has a solution for you! And the best news? It’s all part of your meal plan, so no extra charge!


Drop by this special service area on the main floor of Ryan & Siegfried Halls with your floor-mates to enjoy a nutritious evening snack or take advantage of the interactive cooking classes – and add even more talents to your life-skills tool kit!


The Buttery is open from Sunday to Thursday during the fall and winter terms, between 8 and 11 p.m.

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Special Dietary Needs

If you have a serious dietary issue, we hope you’ve already spoken with the Residence Office staff. If not, or if you’ve developed a new sensitivity, you should contact us or visit us in Sweeney Hall- Our staff at the Main Entry Reception can best direct you!


If you’ve discovered that you need to eat gluten-free or lactose-free, your diet can be accommodated through specialized menu planning with Dana Hospitality, our food services provider.  Alternatively, if you have a new or existing food allergy, you’re encouraged to discuss your needs with the Food Services staff at the very beginning of the term if possible.

Feedback – Your Opinion Matters

Because we value continuous improvement, you’re encouraged to let us know how we’re doing. After all, your ideas can inspire action in the dining room, too!

  • Talk to the staff about special orders or any other input you’d like to share.
  • Submit one of the comment cards you’ll find in the caf.
  • Complete one of our twice-yearly surveys.