Updated February 18, 2022
All students living in the Trinity College residences are required to purchase a meal plan. If you live in residence, you must choose one of the available meal plan options to use during the academic year. Trinity residence meal plans operate on a declining balance system, wherein your student card acts like a debit card and your starting balance is determined by the meal plan you choose. At every transaction, the total cost of your purchases is deducted from your account balance. Trinity College residence meal plans will be composed of two amounts – BASE Dollars and FLEX Dollars. The BASE Dollars are used for the majority of your on-campus food purchases, which are tax exempt (HST). The FLEX Dollars are used for taxable snack and convenience grocery items (e.g. soda, chips, chocolate bars, gums, mints, candy). Please note that the Trinity meal plan funds on your TCard can only be used at Trinity food services locations and not at other locations on the U of T campus.
Meal plans for the 2022/2023 academic year:
|Total Meal Plan Cost:||$6,315||$6,870||$6,870||$7,275|
|Food Service Overhead:||$885||$885||$885||$885|
|BASE Dollars (Tax-Exempt):||$5,260||$5,650||$5,485||$4,845|
As in past years, Trinity College meal plans will include a Food Services Overhead charge. This is an up-front charge that supports a number of the fixed costs associated with delivering the residence meal program to all students, such as facility-related expenses and the administrative infrastructure supporting dining on campus. This fee is non-refundable, and is charged at across all Trinity College Residence Meal Plans. The advantage of charging the Food Services Overhead fee up-front is that the price you will pay when you visit the dining hall will be considerably lower than the “retail price” that non-meal plan diners will pay, since it will reflect only the food inputs and preparation costs associated with the item you are purchasing.
Please see our Dining at Trinity web page for more information on food services and meal plans.
Residence fees cannot be claimed as rent for income tax purposes. Under the Income Tax Act, universities are exempt from paying municipal property taxes.
The Ontario Income Tax Act stipulates that all students living in designated university (tax-exempted) student residences are limited to an Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit claim based on an occupancy cost of $25 for the time they resided in the student residence. Therefore, the amount that can be claimed for income tax purposes is $25 and not the full amount of residence fees paid. On Line 6114 (Student Residences) of your income tax return, tick the box to claim $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in residence.
We do not issue a tax receipt for residence fees or meal plan payments.
Can I change my meal plan?
Students living in residence may upgrade their Trinity College Residence Meal Plan until September 30th, 2022. Meal Plans cannot be decreased once selected.
Will my meal plan last all year?
A number of factors influence how long your meal plan will last. It all comes down to how much you spend per day and per week. The Trinity College residence meal plans are designed for a student with an “average” appetite in mind. They also assume you will not eat every meal on campus (for example, you may opt to go out to dinner a few times a month or eat breakfast in your room sometimes).
Daily spending suggestions for each meal plan will be outlined here as soon as the upcoming year’s meal plans are finalized.
What if I use all of my BASE Dollars?
You can supplement your BASE Dollars by adding FLEX Dollars to your balance at any time during the year. FLEX Dollars can be purchased at the Welcome Desk located on the first floor of the Trinity building, at 6 Hoskin Avenue.
What if I don’t use all of my BASE Dollars?
There are no refunds and no transfers of any unused portion of the Trinity College residence meal plan to any other persons, meal plans, or academic sessions. Any unused BASE Dollars at the end of the academic year will be lost.
Is any part of my meal plan refundable?
The BASE and FLEX Dollars balances are not refundable or transferable. The unused portion of your FLEX DOLLAR account will remain in your account for future purchases until the April 30th following your graduation. For example, if you graduate in June or November of 2022, your FLEX Dollars will remain active until April 30, 2023, after which time they expire and cannot be used or refunded.
What if I move out of residence but I’m still at Trinity as a student?
Your Trinity College residence meal plan will continue to work, and your tax-exempt status remains the same for the remainder of the term(s) you originally purchased the plan for. Any funds remaining in your BASE Dollar account at the end of the academic year will be lost. Your FLEX Dollars will remain in your account for future purchases. However, the tax exemption of the meal plan applies only to the term(s) for which it was purchased.
What if I move out of residence prior to the end of the contracted term(s) and simultaneously leave the University?
A student who elects to withdraw from residence and elects to withdraw from Trinity College prior to the start of exams will receive a pro-rated refund of their remaining residence meal plan balance.
End of September, 2022 (September 30): Balance of Semester #1 residence fees (excluding previous deposits paid) due for all students.
End of November, 2022 (November 30): Semester #2 residence fees due for students who have not officially deferred their fees on ACORN.
End of January, 2023 (January 31): Semester #2 residence fees due for all students who have officially deferred their fees on ACORN.
Usually students who are offered a space on the waiting list are newly admitted students who do not have the University of Toronto Residence Guarantee for First-Year Applicants or are upper-year students who have not been offered a space in the first round of residence admissions, due to space restrictions in our residences, or are applicants who are applying after the application deadline. If you are offered a place on the waiting list, no deposit will be required until the time at which you are offered a residence space. If you are offered a residence space from the waiting list, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to $2,000 ($600 if before the 2nd Deposit deadline, $2,000 if after the 2nd Deposit deadline) by the deadline set by the Office of the Dean of Students in order to confirm your space in residence. If you are offered a space and decline the offer, you will be removed from the waiting list. If you would like to remove yourself from the waiting list for any reason prior to receiving an offer of a space in residence, please email the Office of the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify them of your intention.
Please use your University of Toronto fees invoice to pay your Trinity residence fees at any major Canadian financial institution. See the U of T Student Accounts website for detailed instructions on making a payment. Allow 10 days for processing. Note special instructions for payments from outside Canada.
Note: U of T does NOT send paper invoices. You MUST monitor your ACORN account balance ONLINE (www.acorn.utoronto.ca). Regular reminders are sent to your UTOR e-mail.
INTEREST IS CHARGED ON ALL OUTSTANDING ACCOUNTS, EVEN IF A PAYMENT PLAN HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED. Interest is calculated at 1.5% per month compounded monthly (19.56% per year) and first charged on October 15, 2022. To avoid interest charges, payments must be made by the end of the previous month.
Residence contracts are for the full academic year, i.e. both fall and winter terms.
Please see the Residence Agreement for more information about early withdrawals from residence.
Your full set of keys must be handed in when you leave residence. Failure to do so will result in a $250 charge to your U of T fees (ACORN) account.
For additional information about Trinity College Residence, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.