Meal Plan FAQ

What are the benefits of being on a Meal Plan?

  • Dining Commons is conveniently located near Residences on Burnaby campus

  • Students don’t need to worry about running out of food - the Dining Commons is an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility

  • No need to worry about grocery shopping, cooking or doing the dishes 

  • Dining Commons is open 24/7 during the Fall and Spring terms

  • It’s a great place to eat, study and meet new friends


How can I pay for a Meal Plan?

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I live in Residence. Am I on a Meal Plan?

If you are living in the Towers, you are on a required Meal Plan. You will be automatically set up on the 7 day basic plan. Please visit the Residence and Housing office during office hours to upgrade or adjust your plan. Living in McTaggart, Shell, Hamilton Hall or Townhouses? You can also sign up for a Meal Plan via MyPlace@SFU.


If I’m on the Meal Plan, are there meal options for me other than at Dining Commons?

Meal Plan holders will have access to one meal at Discover Cafe in addition to meals at the Dining Commons.


How can I take advantage of my Meal Plan if I have classes at other campuses?

Meal Plan holders who have classes at another campus will have the ability to sign up for a take out meal program. Stay tuned for details on how to register.


If I have questions about dietary concerns, ingredients, or have general feedback who can I speak to?

For dietary & allergy concerns please see our on-shift manager or make an appointment with our managers from Monday to Friday by emailing dining_commons@sfu.ca.


My friend misplaced his/her student card but is very hungry can I lend out my card so that they can gain Dining Commons access?

No, transferring of cards is not permitted; however, you can obtain proof of Meal Plan enrollment which will allow you temporary access to the Dining Commons until you recover or replace your student card. When you replace your student card please inform the Dining Commons, so they can update your new barcode to the Meal Plan data base. 


Can I take food outside of the Dining Commons?
Dining Commons features an all-you-care-to-eat dining program where guests dine-in.



  • Your SFU student ID card is required to access your Meal Plan at all times: you must present and swipe your card each time you enter the Dining Commons.

  • Your Meal Plan is non-transferable: you may not transfer your Meal Plan or Dining Dollars to another students' card.

  • Meal Plans are purchased at the start of the term and valid until 1:00 PM the day following the last day of exams. 

  • Students who purchase a 'platinum' Meal Plan, and have a Dining Dollar balance at the end of the semester can use the balance the following semester if a new Meal Plan is activated. 

  • Meal Plans added after the 3rd week of the term are prorated.

  • Refunds are available on optional plans up until November 1 for Fall term, March 1 for Spring term, July 1 for the Summer term. Eligible refunds will be prorated based on the number of weeks of the term and amounts will be prorated and adjusted to your GOSFU student account.



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