Voluntary Meal Plan

Want to enjoy meals on campus and save time cooking, cleaning and grocery shopping? Purchase a voluntary meal plan!

The voluntary meal plan is designed for anyone who wants the convenience and accessibility of dining on campus. It's ideal for students living in East Campus residences as it provides convenient access to meals in the nearby Peter Lougheed Hall or Lister Residence.

The all-access plan provides unlimited entries to the Lister and Peter Lougheed dining halls throughout the school year. Make sure to review the expiry dates as these plans do not carry over to the following semester.

The plan offers significant savings, especially on lunch and dinner rates.

Block of Meals
Meals Price (including GST)
250 $2,822
120 $1,472
50 $675
20 $283
10 $150

* Block plans are non-refundable. Unused meal swipes do not expire and will carry over until they are used.

All-Access Plan
Meal plan* Description Price
7-day all-access Unlimited access to Lister and PLH dining halls
September 1, 2022–April 30, 2023
5-day all-access Unlimited access to Lister and PLH dining halls
September 1, 2022–April 30, 2023
Winter Unlimited access to Lister and PLH dining halls
January 1–April 30, 2023
  • Meal plans are non-refundable. Sales are final and can’t be exchanged. Unlimited meal plan does not include any bagged lunches. GST exempt.

Note: Winter all-access meal plans will be available for purchase starting December 1, 2022.

Don't miss out! There are a limited number of voluntary meal plans available, so purchase yours today! You must have a valid ONEcard to purchase. New UAlberta students may contact Dining Services to make arrangements prior to obtaining a ONEcard.


Simply purchase a block of meals on your ONEcard account and you'll have everything you need to enjoy meals at the dining hall! Tap your ONEcard at the entrance to gain access and help yourself. You can eat as much or as little as you choose during the designated meal period.

Note: Your access is limited to ONE meal period per ONEcard entry tap. For example, if you enter the dining room during lunch and wish to stay for dinner, you will be required to exit and re-enter when the dinner period begins—just tap your ONEcard a second time and spend another meal credit.

Take-out is not available. All meals must be consumed in the dining room.


  1. Click the BUY NOW button below
  2. Log in with your University of Alberta CCID & Password
  3. Click PURCHASE at the top of the page and select MEAL PLANS
  4. Complete your purchase on the secure site
  5. You will receive an email receipt for your purchase and your meal plan will be automatically added to your ONEcard account

You will receive an email receipt for your purchase and your block plan meal taps will be automatically added to your ONEcard account.



UAlberta student grabbing salad in dining hall


The dining halls are open during the academic year (September 2022–April 2023)

Lister Residence

Weekdays: 7 am–10:30 pm
Weekends: 8 am–10:30 pm

Meal Period Hours Walk-in Price
Breakfast 7–10:30 am $13.49
Lunch 11 am–2 pm $16.99
Dinner 4–10:30 pm $18.49

Peter Lougheed Hall

Weekdays: 7 am–10 pm
Weekends: 8 am–10 pm

Meal Period Hours Walk-in Price
Breakfast 7–10:30 am $12.49
Lunch 11 am–2 pm $15
Dinner 4–10 pm $17

Voluntary meal plans are non-refundable and do not expire—they carry over until they are used.



Note: All rates are subject to change, including meal plan values. All published rates reflect current values and any approved changes are posted immediately. In the event of a discrepancy between the official rates and the rates published, the official rates shall prevail. Contact dining@ualberta.ca with any questions about the Voluntary Meal Plan.


How can I check my meal plan balance and transactions?
Please login to your ONEcard account to review all your transactions and see your remaining swipes balance.
Can I get a refund on my meal plan balance (remaining swipes) at the end of the year?
No, meal plans are non-refundable and do not expire. If you still have some swipes at the end of the school year, they will carry over on your account and can be used the next academic year.
Can I get a refund if I no longer live in residence and still have some meals remaining on my account?
No, meal plans are non-refundable and do not expire. Even if you don’t live in residence, you can still access the residence dining hall with your ONEcard.
What type of food can I find in the dining hall?
From healthy options to comfort food, our dining halls have a dedicated station to satisfy all your cravings. Our stations always feature a meat and vegetarian daily special. In addition, you can always customize your plate by selecting options from our various stations. To check out our daily menus CampusDish.
Can I take food out of the dining hall?
No, take-out food is not available. All meals must be consumed in the dining room.
Can I invite friends to the dining hall?

Yes, your friends can join you in the dining hall by paying the walk-in rates. Unlimited all-access meal plans can’t be shared and can only be used by the card holder.

If you have a block of meals plan, you can share your swipes with your friends and tap additional entries into the dining hall.

What if I have allergies or dietary restrictions?

We've got you covered. Digital screens in Lister Residence and Peter Lougheed Hall (PLH) display interactive menus complete with information about nutrition and allergens. Our menu labeling program makes it easy to find options with these attributes.




Menu items that fit a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet

  • Excludes: all meat, fish, and poultry
  • Includes: eggs, milk, dairy, honey

Foods made from plant-based food items only

  • Excludes: Eggs, Honey, Milk & Dairy, and any other animal-derived ingredients

Sustainable Seafood
Seafood ingredients third-party certified as sustainably sourced Wild Seafood: Marine Stewardship Council, Ocean Wise Farmed Seafood: Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP 1,2,3, or 4 stars)

Locally Grown
Major ingredients that are grown, raised or produced in Alberta

No Gluten
Menu items that are made without gluten ingredients

Single ingredients or recipes

  • Halal certified proteins
  • Halal permitted foods
  • Excludes all Haram products
  • Third party certification are available

Plant Forward
Menu items that incorporate more plant-based ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Plant forward is not necessarily vegan or vegetarian and can include small amounts (<2oz) of animal protein.

In addition, we have a registered dietitian on our team that can help you with your special dietary needs. Email dining@ualberta.ca with the subject "Ask a Dietitian" with your questions or book a one on one consultation.

I have feedback about the meal plan!

Dining Services has a commitment to developing real-time feedback mechanisms in the dining halls through various communication channels

Email us at dining@ualberta.ca with any questions or concerns. If you know who you are sending it to, include that in the subject line.

Social Media
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Can't find an answer? Please contact dining@ualberta.ca