All You Care to Eat Meal Plans
The University of Calgary has unlimited All You Care to Eat (AYCTE) Meal Plans that provide the best value, convenience, nutrition and flexibility.
With multiple options of fresh food available - from gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and meat choices - students can choose to eat whatever they like, whenever they like and as much as they need to nourish themselves throughout the academic year. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and continuous dining in between meal times - The Landing at the Dining Centre will satisfy every appetite.
The All You Care to Eat (AYCTE) Meal Plan is a program in The Landing that is available in four different options:
- Unlimited entry 5-day plan
- Unlimited entry 7-day plan
- 120 swipe plan
- 250 swipe plan
Unlimited entry 5 day or 7 day plans are mandatory for first-year residence students and available to all other students. 250 and 120 swipe plans are available to all students, faculty, and staff.
2020-21 Meal Plan update - first-year residents have three mandatory plans to choose from:
- Unlimited 5-day plan
- Unlimited 7-day plan
- 250 swipe plan
All plans for residence students will be loaded prior to Move-in Day. If you would like to purchase a meal plan and do not live in residence, contact our office at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlimited vs. Swipes
These plans permit unlimited entries to The Landing either 7 days a week or Monday to Friday on the 5 day plan. The price of this plan is divided between Fall and Winter terms and is charged to the student’s residence account. Food Funds are divided evenly between terms. Unused Food Funds will roll over at the end of each term and carry forward at the end of the academic year.
These plans provide Unicard holders with 120 or 250 entries to The Landing and are intended to be used for students with limited or full cooking facilities. These plans are great if you need extra food support or just don't have time to cook. This plan type can be paid for using Food Funds rolled over from previous years.
Meal plan dining only available at The Landing. Food has to been consumed in The Landing. Backpack storage will be available.
Swipe Meal Plans
2020-21: 250 Swipes – $2,705 +GST | 120 Swipes – $1,420 +GST
These plans are available to all University of Calgary students, faculty and staff who are not first-year residence students. Plans may be paid for by residence account, debit or credit card, or rolled over Food Funds from previous meal plans.
- One swipe is valid for one entry into The Landing for All You Care to Eat dining.
- Plan holders are permitted to use their swipes to bring guests into The Landing.
- If you use your entire swipe plan, you can purchase another.
- Swipes expire at the end of the academic year.
Unlimited Meal Plans
2020-21: 7-day – $4,987 | 5-day – $4,111
The 7-day plan allows for unlimited entry to The Landing, 7 days a week.
The 5-day plan allows for unlimited entry to The Landing, Monday through Friday.
Unlimited Meal Plans are GST exempt and include $600 in Food Funds ($300 per term).
In 2020-21, Food Funds in a 7-day plan is $250 ($125 per term) and $300 in a 5 day plan ($150 per term). Food Funds can be used to purchase food and beverage outside The Landing at food vendors on campus that accept the Unicard. You can add additional Food Funds to your account at any time throughout the year.
This plan is mandatory for all first-year residence students and is available for purchase to all other full-time students. The plan expires at the end of the academic year.
Paying for Meal Plans
Residence students pay for residence and meal plan fees as one combined fee. Payments can be made in person at Residence Services or online with a credit card on the Resident Portal. Meal plan fees are due on the tuition and Residence fee payment deadline in September and January.
Returning students can pay for swipe plans with Food Funds rolled over from previous years.
If you would like to purchase a meal plan and do not live in residence, visit the Unicard Office on the lower level of the Dining Centre.
Meal plans may be changed or cancelled prior to the fee deadline for each term. Please visit the Unicard Office or email email@example.com with any inquiries about change or cancellation.
The Landing Door Rates
If you would like to come experience All You Care to Eat at The Landing without a current meal plan, you can visit at any meal time and pay the door rate. Door rates for the academic year are as follows:
Breakfast $9.50 | Lunch $12 | Dinner $16.50
(prices do not include GST)
Meal to Go
Can't make it to The Landing due to your class schedule or work? You can pre-order your lunch in advance and pick it up at The Landing earlier in the day! Visit The Landing for information on how to order a meal to go.
If you are unable to make it to The Landing due to illness, contact Residence Services to arrange for meal support.
The "All You Care to Eat" meal plan program is valid in The Landing, the primary dining facility within residence. Four options are available including a 5-day plan, a 7-day plan, a 120 entries plan, and a 250 entries plan, to provide flexibility based on individual student needs. All four plans provide an “All You Care to Eat” dining experience.
- A 5-day or 7-day plan is mandatory for all first year students living in residence.
- 5-day or 7-day plans include $600 in Food Funds that can be used at most retail locations on campus, including all retail food locations in the MacEwan Student Center (Mac Hall).
- The 7-day plan provides the greatest flexibility with unlimited entries, seven days a week, along with $600 in Food Funds that can be used at many campus food locations.
- Students that are travelling home on weekends may find the 5 day option preferable with unlimited entries Monday through Friday, along with $600 in Food Funds that can be used at many campus food locations, or on occasional weekends when students stay in residence.
Prices for 2019/2020 are as follows:
- 7-day plan - $4,999 (includes $600 in Food Funds)
- 5-day (Monday through Friday) plan - $4,200 (includes $600 in Food Funds)
- 250 entries/swipes - $2,625 +GST
- 120 entries/swipes - $1,380 +GST
Students can add additional food funds to their account at any time throughout the year. Food Funds can be used at most retail locations on campus, including all retail food locations in the MacEwan Student Center (Mac Hall).
A current list of vendors is available.
The 5-day plan is tailored to students who are often off-campus on weekends, and can only be used Monday through Friday. Food Funds are available for occasional weekends when students are in residence, and can be used as entry at the applicable door rate (breakfast = $9.50 +GST, lunch = $12.00 +GST, dinner = $16.50 +GST).
Any Food Funds, as well as remaining swipes on the 120 and 250 swipes plan carry over from the fall to the winter semester. With the "All You Care to Eat" portion of the 5-day and 7-day plans, and the 120 and 250 swipes plan, there is no roll-over at the end of academic year. Unused Food Funds remain on your Unicard as long as you have an active relationship with the university.
Swipes can be for any breakfast, lunch, or dinner at The Landing. Students have the flexibility to use their swipes throughout the academic year for entries that best meet their needs.
With an "All You Care to Eat" plan there is no removal of food from The Landing. Similar to a buffet or all you can eat restaurant, all food is consumed on site. Portions tend to be smaller but you can have as much as you want when you are in The Landing, making for fewer ‘leftovers’ and less waste.
Students that are not able to make it back to The Landing for a meal may pre-order a meal to go and pick it up at a designated location. Students also have the option of using their food funds at most retail food locations on campus.
Yes. A cooler at the front entrance will be stocked with items available for purchase using Food Funds without having to use a swipe for entry. Items available include beverages and snacks.
Yes, students will have options to choose from including a dedicated vegan and vegetarian station. Food labelling are available and include dairy, gluten-free, vegan, halal, etc. Students with specific concerns are also invited to meet with the culinary team to discuss their dietary requirements and available options while eating at The Landing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meal plans are used at The Landing. Food Funds can be used at most retail food locations on campus, including all retail food locations in the MacEwan Student Centre (Mac Hall). Students can add additional Food Funds to their account at any time throughout the year.
Yes, anyone with a Unicard can purchase a 120 or 250 swipe meal plan including students living in apartments, commuter students as well as faculty and staff. 5- and 7-day meal plans are available to full time students only.
Health Science students can be accommodated with pre-ordered meals to go. Alternatively, Food Funds can also be used at purEATery located at the Foothills Campus.
Yes, returning students may use Food Funds that have rolled over from previous years towards a portion or full price of any of the meal plans available. Once purchased, the meal plan cannot be transferred back to Food Funds. Unused portions of the “All You Care to Eat” plans do not roll over at the end of the academic year.
Absolutely, everyone is welcome at The Landing. Students on a 120 or 250 swipe plan: multiple entries can be used for friends or visitors for entry. Door rates for guests will vary based on the time of day (i.e. breakfast = $9.50 +GST, lunch = $12.00 +GST, dinner = $16.50 +GST).
5- and 7-Day meal plans come with a limited number of guest passes that can be used to bring a guest into The Landing.