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.

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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.

Meal plans are declining balance meal plans. This means that your residence dollars are loaded onto your TCard at the beginning of the year, and, as with a debit account, residence dollars in your meal plan account are deducted when you make your food purchases. You’ll have the freedom to choose the items you’d like to eat from a variety of locations across campus allowing you to be able to fully utilize your plan by deciding how and when to you use your plan as it suits you. All plans come with TBucks** which can be used to buy taxable pre-packaged food items like bags of chips and candy bars. TBucks can also be used for textbooks or for printing and photocopying on campus.

When you accept your residence offer, you’ll get to choose the meal plan that works best for your appetite. 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.

Please note: All costs and fees associated with the meal plans outlined above are included in your residence fees. All plans come with a set amount of TBucks.

*  The Residence Capital Improvement Fund (CIF) is a non-refundable fund used for capital investments that directly enhances the residence dining experience; facilities, environment and equipment. It is deducted directly from your meal plan fees.

** TBucks are like a general use campus currency. They can be used to buy taxable pre-packaged food items like bags of chips and candy bars, used to purchase textbooks or for printing and photocopying on campus. TBucks can be purchased by anyone holding a T-Card for use on the St. George campus.

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.

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.

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 Dietary Restrictions Due to Medical Conditions Form to provide the particulars of your specific needs. Food Services will work with you to determine how those needs can be best accommodated. 

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

2021-22 Academic Year Dining Hall Hours

Full meal plan service will be available in the Chestnut Dining Hall beginning with dinner service on Saturday, August 28th, 2021.

Monday – Thursday
Entree Hours:
Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Station Hours:
Pizza: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Grill: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Pan: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM & 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Pop-Up: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday – Sunday

Entree Hours: 
Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Station Hours:
Pizza: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Grill: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

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 11, 2021
  •  Family Day: Monday February 21, 2022
  •  Good Friday: Friday, April 15, 2022

Winter Break Closure

The Dining Hall is closed for the December holiday break beginning at 2:00 PM on December 22, 2021 and will re-open at 7:00 AM on January 3, 2022.

Step 0: You should have received your first Eco2Go container in your residence room. If not, please speak to your Residence Life staff member.

Step 1: At your next visit to the dining hall, return your empty container to the cashier, and you will be given an Eco2Go card.

Step 2: When at the various stations in the dining hall, request your meal to be served in a re-usable Eco2Go container.

Step 3: 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.


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