Meal Plans

Your Meal Plan    It’s fast, convenient and saves you money.

When you purchase a Student Value Meal Plan funds are added to your Student Card which operates on a declining balance system. Every time a purchase is made, the amount is subtracted from your balance. You can use your activated Student Card in either cafeteria located in Buildings 185 and 300. 

Term (15 weeks)                               What are your needs? 

Light                      $1275                   For lighter appetites, mostly eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria

Regular                 $1675                    Standard Plan for average appetites, with occasional meals elsewhere

Full                        $2475                    For hearty appetites, eating most weekday meals in the cafeteria

Academic (30 weeks)

Light                      $2525                    For lighter appetites, mostly eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria

Regular                 $3325                    Standard Plan for average appetites, with occasional meals elsewhere

Full                        $4925                    For hearty appetites, eating most weekday meals in the cafeteria

When you purchase a plan you receive 10% savings on meals purchased. This savings is made up of 5% tax savings on meals and 5% in bonus bucks added to your account when you purchase your plan.  

You must be a student enrolled at VIU living on or off campus.

You do not pay tax on meals however, candy, chips, ice cream and soft drinks purchased separately from a meal do not qualify for the tax savings.

Included in the cost of each meal plan is a $25 sustainability that supports sustainability initiatives such as compostable cutlery and straws. You receive a reusable To Go Container with your initial purchase that will save you money throughout the year. 

When your plan expires, any remaining balance will be automatically transferred into a Dining Dollars account that you can continue to use, however, there is no tax savings in the Dining Dollar account.

To purchase please visit our website at  https://viucard.viu.ca/

The Upper Cafeteria is open Monday – Friday from 7:30-7:00 pm, Saturdays 10am – 2pm throughout the academic year.  Closed on Statutory holidays.

The Lower Cafeteria is open Monday – Friday from 7:30-2:00 pm, September to mid-June.  Closed on weekends and Statutory holidays.

Still not sure about a meal plan?

Dining Dollars is an alternative option. For more information please visit our website at https://services.viu.ca/food-services/campus 

Terms and Conditions

Student Value Meal Plans and Dining Dollars are governed by the following terms and conditions and by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) policies and procedures.

VIU is not liable for any loss, inconvenience to you or to others, or any damages (including special, indirect or consequential) or expenses of any kind that may result from the use or misuse of the student ID card.

You agree to indemnify, hold harmless and release the VIU from any and all claims for losses, damages, injury, fees, expenses, charges or debts made by any party against the University arising out of the use or misuse of the student ID card, including any meal plan claims related to tax benefits and tax savings.

By depositing funds into your meal plan or dining dollars card accounts, you agree to and accept all of these terms and conditions.

  • You are the only person entitled to use your card
  • The activated Student ID Card is the only method of payment accepted for meal plan purchases
  • All meal purchases are final once a transaction is approved
  • Cash-back transactions are not permitted and your Student ID card does not provide credit
  • Student Value Meal and Dining Dollar plans are non-transferable
  • Meal Plans are non-refundable
  • Dining Dollars accounts that are inactive for five years will no longer be available for use.

Student Value Meal Plans

Purchases made with a Student Value Meal Plan are GST exempt with the exception of prepackaged Food Items. 

Student Value Meal Plans have expiry dates, set as per the academic schedule, that are identified when you select your plan at the time of purchase and below.

TypeStart DateExpiry Date
Fall SemesterSeptember 3, 2019December 27, 2019
Spring SemesterJanuary 2, 2020April 30, 2020
AnnualSeptember 3, 2019April 30, 2020

You must use the funds prior to the expiration date or any remaining balance will be automatically transferred into a Dining Dollars account you can continue to use.  A $50 admin fee will be applied at time of transfer.

Student Value Meal Plans are non-refundable.  Some exceptions may apply. For further information please contact Food Services at viufoodservices@viu.ca  

If you are eligible for a refund of the unused balance, a $50 administration fee will be applied along with any applicable taxes on used amount to date pursuant to taxation legislation or as required by Canada Revenue Agency.

Hours and Locations

Food Services Hours of Operation

Effective September 3, 2019
Upper Cafeteria, Building 300

Monday thru Friday

  • 7:30am to 7:30pm

Saturday

  • 11:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday

  • 11:00am to 3:00pm     
Lower Cafeteria and Bakery, Bldg. 185

Monday thru Friday

  • 7:30am to 2:00pm

Saturday and Sunday

  • Closed

 

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All Food Service operations are closed on Statutory Holidays

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