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chestnut Residence

Dining Hall, Meal Plans & Food

The Chestnut Tree Dining Hall is open to all residents of Chestnut Residence. Access is available on the main floor next to the Front Desk. Food Services provides all dining hall and retail food services at the U of T downtown campus. Campus food information and updates can be found on the Food Services website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2022-23 Academic Year
Dining Hall Hours

Chestnut Tree

Full meal plan service will be available in the Chestnut Dining Hall beginning with dinner service on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022.

Meal plans end at dinner service on April 29, 2023.

Monday –
Thursday

Entree Hours:
Coming soon!

Station Hours:

Coming soon!

Friday –
Sunday

Entree Hours: 
Coming soon!

Station Hours:
Coming soon!

National &
Civic Holidays

Throughout the year there are National and Civic holidays where the Chestnut Dining Hall will follow restricted hours.

Winter Break Closure

The Dining Hall is closed for the December holiday break beginning end of day December 20th, 2022 and reopens beginning lunch on January 8th, 2023.

The dining hall at Chestnut Residence

Today’s Menu

What type of food is available?

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a snack, we aim to provide a variety of food options for a well-balanced diet, including vegetarian, vegan and halal.

dining hall

Meal Plans

All students living in Chestnut Residence are required to participate in the mandatory meal plan. Accepting your residence offer is an automatic acceptance of the Meal Plan and an acceptance of all its terms and conditions. All costs and fees associated with the meal plan are included in your residence fees.

Visit the Food Services website for detailed information.

FAQs

Chestnut Dining Hall

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

No. Your residence dining dollars can be used as follows:

*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 with Plan B, C or D who determine that a smaller plan would better suit their needs will have up to October 31, 2022, to change their original selection. Residents with Plan A who determine a larger plan would better suit their needs will have up to October 31, 2022, to change their original selection. No changes are permitted after November 1, 2022.

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 during the academic year by contacting the Chestnut Residence Life Office (chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca); funds will take up to 24 hours to appear in your account. If you require a more immediate top up on your account, please contact the Food Services Meal Plan Office (mealplan@utoronto.ca) to make arrangement to load funds immediate by using either a debit or credit card.

The only difference between the plans are the amount of residence dining dollars included.

All plans allow you to purchase food and beverage items from the Chestnut Dining Hall, New College Dining Hall and select U of T Food Services retail outlets across campus.

You can purchase food and beverage items at the New College Dining Hall and Chestnut Dining Hall. Here, items prepared by Food Services are 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.)

You can also use your meal plan to purchase food and beverage items at selected retail outlets across campus that are operated by Food Services.

Meal plans are mandatory.  

Chestnut Residence does not have cooking facilities for residents so all food is served out of the residence dining hall, referred to as the Chestnut Tree. Don’t worry, the food is delicious!

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

Meal plan and dining hall information is outlined in our Dining Hall, Meal Plans & Food section.

You are also encouraged to visit the University of Toronto Food Services website.

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 on the Food Services website.

Students are also encouraged to contact our Registered Dietitian and Food Safety Officer (dietitian@utoronto.ca) 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 these residences will have their circumstances reviewed by the Residence Life Offices and be contacted by our Registered Dietitian and Food Safety Officer if necessary. When the student arrives to Chestnut they will also be introduced to the culinary teams who will support their needs throughout the school year. Students with anaphylactic allergies are always asked to have their auto-injector on them in case of emergency.

Your account balance is printed on the receipt you receive when making a purchase in the Dining Hall.

Your balance is also available online 24/7 on the Food Services Manage My Account section.
You are also able to view your meal plan balance and transaction history on the U of T Transact Mobile Ordering app.

Alternatively, you may also contact the Food Services Office at any time and they can provide you your account balance.

Yes.

Balances may be topped up during the the academic year by emailing the Residence Life Office at: chestnut.residence@utoronto.ca; funds will take up to 24 hours to appear in your account.

If you require a more immediate balance top up on your account, please visit the Food Services Office. Funds can be added with immediate effect by using either a debit or credit card.

For full details on refunds, please see the Food Services Meal Plan Terms and Conditions posted to our Dining Hall, Meal Plans & Food section.

chestnut Residence

Eco2Go Program

Step 1

You should have received your first Eco2Go container in your residence room. If not, please speak to your Residence Life staff member.

Step 2

At your next visit to the dining hall, return your empty container to the cashier, and you will be given an Eco2Go card.

Step 3

When at the various stations in the dining hall, request your meal to be served in a re-usable Eco2Go container.

Step 4

When you get to the cash register, present an Eco2Go card in exchange for an Eco2Go container. Please note: if you do not have the card, you will be charged $5. One card gives you one container.

Repeat!

At your next visit, return your used, empty container to the cashier, and you will be given an Eco2Go card. Please try to empty the container- but no need to wash. We will wash and sanitize it for you!

You can return your used Eco2Go container at any time, even if you are not purchasing another meal. Simply return the container to the cashier, and you will receive this card in exchange to present next time you purchase a meal in an Eco2Go container.


Note: All cards will be sanitized after every use.