If you’re living in residence this year, you’re only getting away without a mandatory meal plan if you’re one of the lucky few living within LeMarchant Place.
Having a meal plan is not all disadvantages – you never have to worry about Tuesday night line-ups at the Atlantic Superstore or doing your dishes.
Yet, while year-round ice cream is definitely a bonus, sometimes it’s nice to get a break from the meal halls.
This is where Food Bucks come in.
All meal plans have a certain amount of money you can spend on restaurants both on and off-campus.
The options on campus are somewhat limited – Tim Hortons, Second Cup, and Subway being some of the most frequented.
Off-campus partners offer a bit more variety, with restaurants ranging from sushi to Boston Pizza to frozen yogurt.
Sobey’s (Queen Street location only), Atlantic Superstore, the Jubilee Junction convenience store and Nova Pharmacy/convenience store also take Food Bucks, and also offer 5 per cent cash back when you pay with your Dalcard.
Remember that meal halls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on weekdays (with the exception of Shirreff, which is open until 8 p.m.), and from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends, so it’s probably a good idea to know what places to call for takeout if you’re planning on some late night studying (or, more likely, Netflix-binging before midterms start).