Dining Hall Hacks

New to campus and navigating the dining halls? Welcome! We’re excited to welcome our new and returning students back to campus. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the best dining hall experience at Queen’s. 

Meal Plans are for Upper Year Students Too!

That’s right, our meal plans are not only for our incoming first years, they are offered to all Queen’s student. There are many different meal plan options available –choose a plan that fits you best! 

Ask Before You Eat!

Do you have an allergy or dietary need? We can help! If you haven’t already done so, be sure to book an appointment with our Registered Dietitian and/or Campus Executive Chef to discuss how to safely dine on campus. Other resources to check out include: dining with allergies and dietary accommodations (which provide a list of gluten free and vegan offerings on campus).

Plan Ahead! 

Check the dining hall menus on our website or those posted outside the dining hall doors to become more familiar with the options. This is a great way to find your favourite items and plan on which dining hall you would like to eat at each day. PS the dining halls are on a 5-week rotation, so you will find something different each day!

Just Ask! 

Looking to try a sample from a few stations? You can ask for a half portion. Were you looking for more vegetables or other sides? Ask for extra!  Our team is happy to accommodate. If you have any doubts or questions, ask a team member. With plexiglass and masks, be sure to raise your voice when speaking to staff so they can hear you.

Mix and Match!

The benefit of all you care to eat is the ability to try things at different stations. Grab a salad from the salad bar, brown rice from Simple Servings, the grilled veggies from the grill and the protein from the main entrée to make a balanced plate.

Not a fan of the entrees one day? We have a wide variety of bread and wraps available for you to whip up a quick and delicious sandwich or wrap. 

Take Two Trips!

Our dining halls have a lot to offer from daily salad and deli offerings to entrees, plant based offerings, pizza at Leonard, pasta, and international cuisine. To help decide, first look at all the options with a quick walk around. Once decided, take a second trip and choose your meals (mix and match if you’d like!)

Don’t Forget Your ECO Products!

Remember to bring your ECO Container/carabiner and Huskee Cup to reduce your carbon footprint on campus. Here’s how they work:

Choose to Reuse: opt in for a one-time refundable $5 deposit at participating locations to receive your green carabiner
Pick Up: take your carabiner to the station you would like your to-go meal from and swap it for your order in a new container
Contactless Drop Off: when you’re finished, bring your used container to a participating location and tell the cashier that you are putting it into the drop bin. They will then give you a new carabiner for your next visit.

Huskee Cup: Opt in at the cash for $25 with a student card ($27 without)
Pick Up/Contactless Drop Off: take your Huskee Cup to the beverage tation and let the staff member know that you will be trading your used cup for a new one. Place your used Huskee Cup in the drop bin and take your new beverage to go.

Skip the Busy Times! 

We know you have a busy schedule, so we want to make things easier for you. You can skip the busy dining hall periods listed below if able. Go here for complete hours of operation. 

Ban Righ Dining Hall

Breakfast: 8 A.M. – 9:15 A.M.
Lunch: 11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Dinner: 5:15 P.M. – 6:45 P.M.

Leonard Dining Hall

Breakfast: CLOSED
Lunch: 11:45 A.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Dinner: 5:15 P.M. – 6:45 P.M.

Jean Royce Dining Hall

Breakfast: 7:30 A.M. – 8:45 A.M.
Lunch: 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Dinner: 5:15 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.

Feel Good About What You Eat! 

Aside from preparing healthy nutritious, and delicious meals, Queen’s Hospitality Services works towards making sure that our culinary practices and dishes are ethical and sustainable. Some of our practices include only using cage free eggs, sustainable seafood and donating non-perishable food daily to the local Kingston community through Soul Foods and Loving Spoonful. Learn more about Hospitality Services’ sustainability practices here

Help a Peer in Need!

Did you know you can also donate up to 5 meal swipes to a peer in need each semester through our Swipe it Forward program? If you plan to go home for the weekend or plan on eating off campus, donate a meal swipe to a peer in need. 

Follow us on social media!

Want to keep up with whats happening in the dining halls and retail units? We have different food specials and events happening throughout the year. Be sure to follow us @queensfood on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the know! 

Jaspreet Multani is a 4th-year undergraduate student at Queen’s University completing her Honours degree in Global Developmental Studies. Jaspreet is currently the Student Health and Wellness Marketing Intern at Queen’s Hospitality Services. Her main interests are sustainability, food waste, food security, and nutritional and sustainability-oriented marketing.

Article reviewed and edited by Jessica Bertrand, MAN, RD
Registered Dietitian and Wellness Manager for Queen’s Hospitality Service


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