Meal Plans

Residence Meal Plans

Residence Halls Meal Plan 

A comprehensive, mandatory meal plan is part of the accommodation package for Residence Halls students.

  • All Access Dining** in the Residence Dining Hall + $800.00 declining balance
  • Students are allowed unlimited entry into the Residence Dining Hall during regular hours of operation
  • Declining balance dollars can be used anywhere on campus where food service is operated by Aramark.

**Note:  With the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the specific food service model and service outlets will depend on current health unit guidelines and the number of students, faculty and staff on campus.  The Food Services mandate is to continue to ensure that fresh food will be provided on campus with a variety of options that can meet many dietary needs.  Provincial Guidelines will dictate the style of service available: Dine In, Take Out, or Delivery.

What is declining balance?

Declining balance works similar to money on a debit card, and is stored with a student's meal plan information on their Lakehead University Student ID Card.  Every time a purchase is made using Declining Balance, the total cost is subtracted from the dollar balance on the person's student card.

Please note: there are no refunds on unused meals and/or declining balance amounts nor do they carry over to the next academic year.

Apartment and Townhouse Meal Plan Options  

As each unit in these accommodations has a full kitchen, meal plans are not mandatory. However, the Food Services Office offers several attractive meal plan options to those students not wishing to prepare all of their own meals.

See for voluntary meal plans.

Please note: there are no refunds on unused meals and/or declining balance amounts nor do they carry over to the next academic year.

For more information please contact the Aramark Office. (807) 343-8142


 Dining On Campus

Residence Dining Hall Hours of Operation 

Open 7 days a week  - Click here for hours of operation

Note: Cafeteria closures will only be put in effect during a residence-wide quarantine. A delivery model will be used to continue food services to meal plan students.  

What is Being Served in the Residence Dining Hall? 
Click here to see what is on the menu in the Residence Dining Hall 
Manage Your Meal Plan and Declining Balance 

Students can manage their meal plans and declining balance.

Go to Campus Dish website:

  1. Go to Sign In in the top right-hand corner
  2. Sign up for an Account
  3. Click on drop down beside your name once account is created
  4. Check balance
  5. Link card
Dining Options Around Campus 

Click here for dining locations on campus

Meals 2 Go

Grocery Program

Residence Dining Hall Rules and Regulations 

Rules and Regulations are enforced by Management and Resident Assistants. Violations may result in appropriate Disciplinary Actions.

Note:  Provincial Guidelines will dictate the style of service (Dine In, Take Out, or Delivery) based on the current Public Health Zone on campus.  See below for further amendments to service.

  1. Entry requires a valid Meal Plan Card, Conference Card or Cash payment.
  2. Entry is only permitted at the designated door.
  3. Regular Operation requires all students to dine-in only. (Food cannot be taken 'to-go')
  4. Dining Hall Patrons are required to clear their soiled dishes to the Scraping Station.
  5. Dishes, Cutlery and other items are not to be removed from the Dining Hall.
  6. Your Meal Plan Card is for Your Use Only. It is not transferable.
  7. Due to Ontario Healthy Mean Choices Act, 2015, S.O. 2015 c. 5, Sched. 1, we are required to post nutritional values for all food served, and out staff must serve the assigned portion Seconds are available on a limited basis after consumption of the prior servings. 
  8. Dining Hall Patrons are required to use the provided utensils for self service items in order to prevent contamination. 
  9. Be respectful of your surroundings, your fellow patrons and the service providers. 
  10. Dining Hall Patrons are required to wear appropriate footwear and clothing at all times.
  11. Dining Hall Patrons may fill their own, reasonably sized, water bottle from our beverage selections, excluding juice, milk and chocolate milk.

Covid-19 Protocols - Green to Grey Zone:
1. The Cafeteria is run as a take-out service only, students may take out food at any time during the Hours of Operation.
2. Mask-wearing, physical distancing and hand hygiene protocols must be followed within the Cafeteria space.  These rules will be sign-posted for reference within the facility.
3. At any time the service style may need to change with escalating governmental or health unit restrictions:  students will be given as much notice as possible when these changes are mandated.
4. The use of personal, reusable food or beverage containers is not allowed at this time (ie. tupperware or travel mugs)


During a quarantine or self-isolation, a meal-delivery model will be implemented. This has been arranged with assistance from our Residence Services staff including meal selection and delivery times.  A delivery model with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be arranged to student(s)' rooms.

Message from Aramark 
To ensure workplace safety and maintain a safe environment to serve our customers, we are following safety protocols at our locations.

We ask that you follow these criteria:

  • Facial coverings are required at the Residence Cafeteria and Starbucks.  
  • Ensure 2 meters distance at all times.
  • Wash hands frequently.  Hand sanitizer at all locations.
We are working closely with Lakehead University to ensure that you and our staff are safe.  We have decided to temporarily close the following locations:  Dan’s Diner, Library Cafe, Persian Man ATAC Cafe, Main Cafeteria and Subway until further notice.  We will update you as soon as we can open.