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Chestnut Dining Hall

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Chestnut

Welcome to the Dining Hall at Chestnut, where nutritious, delicious and healthy food is prepared fresh daily by the Food Services’ talented culinary team. The Dining Hall serves everyone living within this residence along with staff, faculty and other non-resident members of student community at large who come by for great meals on campus.

Starting from the academic year 2024-25, the Chestnut Dining Hall will support All-You-Care-To-Eat dining. Students living in the residences are required to participate in the mandatory Chestnut Residence Access Meal Plans. Non-residents may dine at the Chestnut Dining Hall by paying meal period gate fees.

The Dining Hall features a creative, imaginative and frequently rotating menu that incorporates the very best of local and international culinary inspiration. The chefs use seasonal, local foods supporting food growers and suppliers from all Ontario. The Dining Hall also provides a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options along with a commitment to work with students who have a variety of other special dietary needs such as gluten-free, allergies and Halal.

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2024-25 Academic Year

Hours of operation

Full meal plan service will be available in the Dining Hall beginning with breakfast service on Sunday, August 25, 2024.

Meal plans end at dinner service on April 30, 2025.

Please note: Throughout the year there are National and Civic holidays where the Dining Hall will follow restricted hours. The Dining Hall closes after dinner service on December 22, 2024. The Dining Hall is closed for the December holiday break beginning December 23, 2024 and reopens beginning lunch on January 4, 2025.

Dining at Chestnut

Mon – Thu

Operating hours

7 AM – 10 PM

Service Hours

Breakfast
7 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch
11:30 AM – 2 PM

Dinner
5 – 8 PM

Friday

Operating hours

7 AM – 9 PM

service Hours

Breakfast
7 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch
11:30 AM – 2 PM

Dinner
5 – 8 PM

Saturday

Operating hours

8 AM – 10 PM

service Hours

Breakfast
8 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch
11:30 AM – 2 PM

Dinner
5 – 8 PM

Sunday

Operating hours

8 AM – 10 PM

service Hours

Breakfast
8 AM – 10:30 AM

Lunch
11:30 AM – 2 PM

Dinner
5 – 8 PM

GrabNGo

Grab ‘N’ Go and other food items are available throughout the hours of operation 

Olivia Boutilier

meet THE CHEF

Olivia Boutilier

EXECUTIVE CHEF, CHESTNUT

I believe more people should embrace local, fresh ingredients because it’s such a simple thing to do and the change in taste and quality is obvious.

The Access Meal Plans provide students with a convenient, flexible, and tax-free (as per Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulations) way to enjoy meals on campus.  

Starting from the academic year 2024-25, the Chestnut Dining Hall will support All-You-Care-To-Eat dining. With the Access Meal Plans, students have the freedom to choose their meals and portion sizes and customize their daily menu from multiple food stations to suit their individual preferences. 

How do they work? 

The Access Meal Plans are pre-loaded on the meal plan holders TCard. To gain entry to the Chestnut Dining Hall, Access Meal Plan holders need to present their TCard to the entrance attendant and swipe or tap their card.  

The Access Meal Plans have a specified number of entry swipes per week, and you can find more details about them in the next section – Access Meal Plan Options.  

Chestnut Dining Hall provides dining-in options with a limited takeout service.

Please refer to the Chestnut Residence Access Meal Plan Terms and Conditions for complete terms and conditions and usage policy.

Access Meal Plan Options

There are three Access Meal Plans to consider before selecting your preferred option. 

Unlimited Access

Allows students Unlimited entry swipes each week to the Chestnut Dining Hall to eat what they want without worrying about counting weekly meal swipes.

Includes:

Dining Dollars $800

+ $50 TBucks
CIF $150

Access 14

Students can use 14 entry swipes per week at the Chestnut Dining Hall. With each swipe, students can enjoy a variety of dining options. The 14 swipes are reset weekly.

Includes:

Dining Dollars $1,100

+ $50 TBucks
CIF $150

Access 10

Students can use 10 Entry Swipes per week at the Chestnut Dining Hall. With each swipe, students can enjoy a variety of dining options. The 10 swipes are reset weekly.

Includes:

Dining Dollars $1,300

+ $50 TBucks
CIF $150

Please note Access 14 and Access 10 plans do not allow in-and-out privileges – each entry to the dining hall requires an Entry Swipe. The Access Meal Plan week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Please refer to the Chestnut Residence Access Meal Plan Terms and Conditions for complete terms and conditions and usage policy.

Dining Dollars 

The Dining Dollars portion of the meal plan is available for purchasing tax-exempt food and beverages (as per Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulations) at participating Food Services locations, including New College Residence Dining. Visit Where to Eat on Campus for a list of participating locations.  

At the end of the academic year (April 30, 2025) eligible unused Dining Dollars are transferred to Food Services Campus Flex Dollars. For more details, refer to the section – Dining Dollar Carryover. 

Dining Dollars top-ups are subject to the Chestnut Residence Meal Plan Terms and Conditions

Dining Dollar Carryover 

Eligible unused Dining Dollars, including additional funds added throughout the year, are transferred to Food Services Campus Flex Dollars at the completion of Term 2, April 30, 2025, and can be used to purchase food, beverage, and other items at participating Food Services locations.  

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Campus Flex Dollars 

Campus Flex Dollars (Dining Dollars Carryover) are loaded onto the meal plan holders TCard for purchases beginning May 2025. Campus Flex Dollars are refundable with confirmation of withdrawal from the University of Toronto, St. George campus, or academic completion.

Refunds incur a $50.00 administration fee and will be deducted from the refund amount. Balances of $50.00 or less do not qualify for a refund. Campus Flex Dollar purchases are subject to applicable taxes. 

TBucks

Each meal plan includes a preloaded amount of TBucks. TBucks is a common form of currency accepted across campus. They can be used to purchase products at participating locations, or for textbooks and payment for printing and photocopying on campus. Additional TBucks can be purchased by anyone in possession of a TCard for use on the U of T St. George and Scarborough Campuses. TBucks purchases are subject to applicable taxes. TBucks Policy 

The Residence Capital Improvement Fund (CIF) is a non-refundable fee used for capital investments that directly enhance the residence dining experience, facilities, environment, and equipment.

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Key Dates

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Term 1 Start Date:

Breakfast, August 25, 2024 

Deadline to Request Change Access Meal Plan:

September 12, 2024 before 12 pm 

University Winter Holiday Closure:

December 23, 2024 to January 3, 2025 (inclusive)

Term 2 Start Date:

January 4, 2025

Meal Plan End Date:

April 30, 2025.

Transfer Date for Meal Plan Carryover Funds:

May 8, 2025

*Dates subject to change.

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FAQ

No. Your residence dining dollars can be used as follows:
• Purchase food & beverage items at the New College Dining Hall (tax exempt*).
• Purchase food + beverage items at selected retail outlets across campus that are operated by Food Services (tax exempt*).

*Only items prepared by Food Services will be tax exempt. For example, a pre-packaged product such as a bag of chips would not be tax exempt, but a sandwich and beverage prepared on campus using raw ingredients would be tax exempt.

Residents who determine they may need additional residence dollars during the academic year can add funds to their account – referred to as a “top-up”. Balances can be topped up using e-Accounts. Meal plan change requests e.g. from Access 14 to Unlimited must be submitted to your residence office no later then September 12, 2024 before 12 pm.

Meal Plan Access Entry Swipes and Dining Dollars vary by meal plan. For more details please refer to the Access Meal Plan Options on the website or refer to the Food Services Meal Plan Terms and Conditions

The Dining Dollars portion of the meal plan is available for purchasing tax-exempt food and beverages (as per Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulations) at participating Food Services locations, including New College Residence Dining. Visit Where to Eat on Campus for a list of participating locations.

Meal plans are mandatory.
Chestnut Residence does not have cooking facilities for residents so all food is served out of the residence dining hall.

The menus (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) can be viewed on the University of Toronto Food Services website here.

Over the years we have accommodated many students with specific dietary needs who live in residence and dine with us multiple times a day. If you wish to meet to discuss allergens/intolerances and/or dietary restrictions due to medical conditions, we ask that you fill out and submit the Allergen/Dietary Form.
Students are also encouraged to contact our team with any requests for dietary accommodations or allergies. They can help navigate the dining hall, and also help to establish accommodations for complex allergies or dietary restrictions.
Students who indicate that they require dietary accommodations when applying to Chestnut will have their circumstances reviewed and be contacted by our team if necessary. Students with anaphylactic allergies are always asked to have their auto-injector on them in case of emergency.

Each Access Meal Plan comes with Dining Dollars which may be topped up during the academic year through Transact eAccounts or by downloading Transact eAccounts mobile app.

Dining Dollars top-ups are subject to the Chestnut Residence Meal Plan Terms and Conditions.

For more information on how to top-up using eAccounts, please visit our eAccounts section on the website.

For full details on refunds, please see the Food Services Meal Plan Terms and Conditions.

Your Dining Dollar account balance is printed on the receipt you receive when making a purchase at a Food Services location.

You can check and manage your Dining Dollar balance through Transact e-Accounts.

Access 14 and Access 10 plans are reset to 10 or 14 Entry Swipes each week. Unused Entry Swipes expire at the end of each week and do not carryover.

At the end of the academic year (April 30, 2025) unused Dining Dollars are transferred to Food Services Campus Flex Dollars. For full details on Dining Dollars Carryover, please see the Food Services Meal Plan Terms and Conditions.