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. 

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The meal plan for Chestnut residents is a declining balance meal plan. Your residence dollars are loaded onto your TCard at the beginning of the year, and, like a debit account, residence dollars in your meal plan account are deducted when you make food purchases. You’ll have the freedom to choose the meals you’d like to eat from a variety of locations across campus. Hello flexibility! 

When you accept your residence offer, you’ll get to choose the meal plan that works best for your appetite, either STANDARD or LITE. The only difference between the plans are the amount of residence dollars included.  

Although many of our past residents would argue that Chestnut serves up the best food on campus, you are not limited to purchasing your meals in the Chestnut Dining Hall. Both plans allow you to purchase food and beverage items from the Chestnut Dining HallNew College Dining Hall and select U of T Food Services retail outlets across campus. 

Your residence 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. 

Balances can be topped up during the academic year by contacting the Residence Life Office; 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 Administrative Office at: 229 College St, Suite 200. Funds can be added with immediate effect by using either a debit or credit card. 

Balances will be automatically carried over for use in the summer and/or following academic term. Carryover is up to a maximum of 50% of the total Residence Dining Dollars or the remaining balance at end of academic year less a 10% administrative fee 


Standard Plan: $5495 Residence Dining Dollars 

Maximum Carryover allowed before 10% administration fee $2747.50.  

$2472.75 Applied as Residence Carryover 

Meal plans are mandatory for all Chestnut as there are no cooking facilities in the residence rooms. Accepting your residence offer is an automatic acceptance of the Meal Plan and an acceptance of all its terms and conditionsAll costs and fees associated with the meal plan are included in your residence fees. 

COMING SOON: 2020-21 Dining Hall Book

If you have special dietary needs, including but not limited to those due to health or cultural practices, you are encouraged to review the Food Services Dietary Accommodations information in advance of your arrival (where possible).

Additionally, any student with a severe dietary allergen, intolerance, or restriction who is already living in residence is encouraged to fill out the form, Dietary Restrictions Due to Medical Conditions to provide the particulars of your specific needs by filling out their. Food Services will work with you to determine how those needs can be best accommodated. 

For more information please contact us at


Please click on ‘Chestnut Dining Hall’ to view weekly Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner menus.

2020-21 Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Meal Periods:

Monday to Friday:

  • Breakfast 7:00 AM -10:30 AM
  • Lunch 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Dinner 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday

  • Brunch 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Dinner 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Reading Week:

Reading Week dates: November 9 – 13, 2020 and February 15-19, 2021.

During Reading Week, the dining hall will be operating on Holiday Hours and closing at 8:00 PM each night .

National and Civic Holidays:

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

  • Canadian Thanksgiving: Monday, October 12
  •  Family Day: Monday February 15, 2021
  •  Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 2021

Winter Break Closure

The Dining Hall is closed for the December holiday break beginning at 8:00 PM on Dec 22nd, 2020 until 7:00 AM on Monday, January 4th, 2021.  

Step 0: You should have received your first Eco2Go card with your room key. If not, retrieve your first Eco2Go card from your Chestnut staff member.
Step 1: Request your meal to be served in a re-usable Eco2Go container
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.

Have more questions about the Chestnut Dining Hall? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions

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 our the Food Services website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.