Campus Life

Special Dietary Considerations

Food Services at Saint Mary's offers the promise of food quality, variety, and convenience that makes for a pleasurable dining experience. We aim to keep up with trends in food service - offering you well-balanced, nutritional Canadian cuisine, multi-cultural dishes, and popular national brands. Our recipes are freshly prepared made as close to meal time as possible. We always have healthy choices available, and make nutrition information available for the food we serve. We have made the commitment to reducing the amount of sodium and unhealthy fats in our recipes, and we continue to work with our suppliers to do the same.

Learn about our menu commitments.

Allergies and Intolerances

We recognize and accommodate your dietary needs in a way that's personalized, sensitive and supportive. We pride ourselves on working with you to make sure you can find the food that best fits your life. Our onsite Registered Dietitian can work with you to help you better navigate the dining hall, and eat with comfort and confidence each day.

Culturally Diverse

We offer great tasting, authentic, and culturally diverse food - celebrating traditional favourites, ethnic dishes, and enticing international flavours. We celebrate the diverse culture on campus and in the community through regular theme nights at the Dockside, such as Caribbean, Mediterranean, Chinese and much more! Check out our online menus to learn more.

Beyond the offerings of Food Services at Saint Mary’s, the city of Halifax offers a wide variety of international food take out, restaurants, and specialty grocery stores. Learn more about Halifax’s best food options in The Coast, a weekly newspaper in Halifax.

Vegan & Vegetarian

At Saint Mary’s, we provide a vegetarian and vegan friendly environment. We have a variety of vegan and vegetarian options that reach far beyond the salad bar. We have a dedicated vegan station at the Dockside called “SPICE” that has freshly made entrée available every day.

The seasons help to shape our menu! We emphasize the use of sustainably produced local ingredients wherever we are able. We recognize that animal welfare is an important component to a sustainable supply chain, and are expanding partnerships with producers who share the commitment.



For more information or to request a meeting about your special dietary needs, please contact our on-campus dietitian:

Kelly Whalen, RD
Registered Dietitian
Nutrition Manager
dietitian@smu.ca
902-496-8121