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COVID Specific Information

While we expect that by the beginning of Fall Semester, dining will return to pre-COVID operations, we will continue to follow CDC and Philadelphia Department of Health Guidelines and adjust our service accordingly. Updates will be provided as guidelines/recommendations change.

Dining Plans

Cancellations are not permitted unless you are leaving the University for one of the following reasons: Leave of Absence, Withdrawal, Study Abroad, Graduation, or Fall Exchange Students (cancellation for spring semester only). If you are leaving the University and need to cancel your dining contract.

Dining plan cancellations will only be granted when the student officially withdraws from the University. Please review the Terms & Conditions for more information regarding cancellations, including cancellations for medical reasons.

For Fall Semester, Dining plans begin on Aug. 24, 2022.

For Spring Semester, Dining plans begin on Jan. 11, 2023.

We encourage students to email Daniel Connolly, our Registered Dietitian, at daniel.connolly@cafebonappetit.com to discuss dietary needs and food allergies. He will work with our Executive Chefs to meet your needs in the best way possible. Additionally, our Executive Chefs are knowledgeable resources and welcome questions and concerns from guests regarding ingredients and preparation of our meals. For more information, please visit the Health & Wellness section of the website.

Dining plan changes are allowed once per semester during the official Change Periods. Changes will be accepted during the Fall Change Period, August 30 to September 20, 2022. You may change your dining plan ONE time per Change Period, via Campus Express.  We encourage students to "test-drive" their dining plans for at least a week after classes begin before deciding to change plans. If you would like to add visits or Dining Dollars to your current plan, you may do so at any time.

Please note: Any additional charge or refund due as the result of a dining plan change will be based on the rate during which the initial sign-up took place.  (If you enrolled in your original plan at a promotional rate and change to another plan, you would be charged at the promotional rate of the new plan.)

Then we have just the thing to meet your needs! Penn Dining has the premiere Glatt kosher dining facility in the Philadelphia area, Falk Kosher Dining Commons located in Steinhardt Hall.  Falk’s general hours of operations include lunch and dinner Mon-Fri (including Sabbath dinner on Friday), as well as Sabbath Lunch on Saturday (pick-up option only).   (Reservations for Sabbath meals are encouraged.)  Additionally, Falk’s schedule (and menu) will be adjusted per any Jewish Holiday. The hours of operation and menus are always kept up-to-date on our hours and menus website.  Students can use swipes, Dining Dollars, PennCash, SFS, or cash.

For additional information regarding kosher dining at Penn, please contact the Penn Dining office at dining@upenn.edu.

Dining Dollars are part of a dining plan. They are funds on your PennCard used to purchase items at any dining location. With each purchase made, the amount is deducted electronically from your Dining Dollars account balance. Undergraduate and graduate students with dining plans may add Dining Dollars to their PennCards at any time via Campus Express. You can use Dining Dollars to purchase a-la-carte items at our retail operations, including:

  • Houston Market - Houston Hall
  • Starbucks at 1920 Commons - 38th and Locust Walk
  • The Gourmet Grocer in 1920 Commons Retail - 38th & Locust Walk
  • Micro Market - Van Pelt Library, lower level 
  • Accenture Café - Towne Building 
  • McClelland Express - in the Quadrangle
  • Joe's Café - Steinberg Hall- Dietrich Hall  
  • Pret A Manger - Huntsman Hall 
  • Farmers' Market - University Square, 36th and Walnut St., Wednesdays, September through early November
  • Gutmann College House Cafe West
  • Falk Dining Commons - 39th and Locust Walk

Please note: Dining Dollars can be used in place of swipes at our all-you-care-to-eat locations as well.

If you do not want to purchase a dining plan, but would still like to eat a meal at a dining location, you can pay as you go. Methods of payment accepted include PennCash, SFS, credit, and cash. Dining plans do offer savings, however, and paying with Dining Dollars will also enable you to dine in an all-you-care-to-eat facility at a discounted rate.

All dining plans provide a specific quantity of swipes to the all-you-care-to-eat residential dining cafés for the semester. These can be used at any time. All plans also include Dining Dollars for use at any of our dining locations, but which are primarily used at retail locations. Students have the option to add swipes or Dining Dollars to their plan at any time throughout the academic year by visiting Campus Express.

Please note: Swipes and Dining Dollars are split by semester, you will receive one-half of the allotted amount of swipes and Dining Dollars in the Fall, and the other half in the Spring. Any remaining swipes at the end of the Fall semester will not be added to the swipes you receive for the Spring. Dining Dollars will roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester, but expire on Commencement day.

You must visit the PennCard Center, located on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore (36th & Walnut), to obtain a new ID card immediately (replacement fees apply). Without a PennCard, you are not guaranteed entrance to any secure campus building without some form of ID.  Students who have lost or misplaced their PennCard should contact the PennCard Office to obtain a new PennCard. The visits will be deducted from your dining plan and a processing charge of $2.00 will be billed to your SFS account for each voucher used. The voucher is valid only for visits covered under your dining plan. Additional visits will be billed to your SFS account.

Your dining plan is encoded on your University ID (PennCard). When you present this card to the cashier at a dining location, your swipes or Dining Dollars will be deducted from your account.

We welcome customer feedback! Please feel free to email us at dining@upenn.edu or call us at (215) 898-3547.

Meal Exchange allows students to use a swipe to purchase a bundle of items (entrée, side, beverage, dessert) from select retail locations. Meal Exchange is available at Gourmet Grocer, Houston Market, Joe's Cafe, Accenture Cafe, McClelland Sushi & Market, and Cafe West.

An all Dining Dollars plan is available to upperclass and graduate students. Visit our Dining Plan page for more information!

Visits to the all-you-care-to-eat residential dining cafés are non-refundable and we do not offer reimbursement. If you find that you are not using enough of your visits and you are eligible to do so, you have the option of changing your dining plan during our plan change periods (see details and related policy information below).

If you switch to a different dining plan during the dining-switch period, the number of swipes and Dining Dollars you have used will be subtracted from your new plan.

Regardless of what dining plan you have or whether or not you change your dining plan, all Dining Dollars carry over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester and expire on Commencement. All swipes expire at the end of the Fall semester and on the last day of finals in the Spring semester.

You will receive a confirmation email after you sign up online at Campus Express. You can also view your dining plan under the Dining tab on Campus Express Online. If you do not receive the email or do not see your purchase in Campus Express, please contact the Penn Dining office at dining@upenn.edu for confirmation. 

Every time your card is swiped to use a meal swipe or Dining Dollars, the remaining balance will appear on the card reader screen. You can also check your current balance of Dining Dollars and swipes when you log-in to Campus Express and click on ‘Dining'. Students may purchase add-on Dining Dollars online in any amount at Campus Express.  Students may also purchase add-on meal swipes.

Note: add-on meal swipes purchased in the Fall semester will rollover to the Spring semester.

First-year undergraduates – First-year students are required to sign-up for one of the two First-Year Dining Plans. Students have until June 15 to select a plan, if you have not signed-up by that date we will automatically assign freshmen to the First Year 296 dining plan, our most popular plan. Students wishing to change their dining plans may do so once during the Fall Change Period, August 30 to September 20, 2022.
 

Transfer - First-Year transfer students are required to sign-up for a dining plan.  Second-Year Transfers can choose between the Second-Year 156 plan or one of the First-Year plans.  Third-Year transfers can choose between any of the undergraduate dining plans.  If students do not select a plan by mid-August, they will automatically be enrolled in the Second-Year 156 plan.

Exchange – Exchange students are required to sign-up for a dining plan choosing from any of the first-year or upperclass plans. If students do not select a plan by mid-August, they will automatically be enrolled in the Second-Year 156 plan prior to move-in.

First-Year Need to Know

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Freshman are required to sign-up for one of the two First-Year Dining Plans. Students have until June 15 to select a plan, if you have not signed-up by that date we will automatically assign freshmen to the First-Year 296 dining plan. Students wishing to change their dining plan after June 15 may do so during the Fall Change Period, August 30 through September 20. 

Aug 24 Dining Plans Begin
Aug. 30- Sept. 20 Dining Plan Change Period
Dec. 22 Dining Cafes close for the Semester. Reminder: Unused meal swipes (visits) will expire at the end of each semester.  Unused Dining Dollars at the end of the Fall will be carried over into the Spring.  All unused dining funds will expire at the end of the Spring semester. If you need assistance with how to make the most of your dining options, contact dining@upenn.edu for assistance.
   
   

Yes.  Your NSO plan will cover you for various meals during NSO (Thursday, August 25-Monday, August 29). Please review our NSO hours of operation here.

Guest Swipes allow you to share a meal with friends and family. All first-year dining plans include 10 guest swipes per semester. (The guest swipes are counted in the total semester allocation.)

Dining plans represent contracts for the entire Academic Year, but are allocated/billed per semester.  Fall 2022 billing will begin in July 2022.  Dining plans purchased prior to July 1, 2022 will be posted to students’ bursar bills by July 7, 2022.  After that date, charges will be posted to students’ bursar bills on a rolling weekly basis.  Spring 2022 billing will first appear on students’ bursar bills by December 1, 2022.  Spring 2023 plans purchased after that date will be billed on a rolling weekly basis.

Second-Year Need to Know

Second-year students are required to sign-up for one of three dining plans - either of the two First-Year Dining Plans or a specially designed second-year plan. Students sign up for their plans when they apply for their housing assignment. Students wishing to change their dining plans may do so during the Fall Change Period, August 30 through September 20. 

Aug. 24 Dining Plans begin 
Aug. 30  Dining Plan Change Period opens
Sept. 20 Dining Plan Change Period closes.
Dec. 22 Dining Cafes close for the Semester. Reminder: Unused meal swipes (visits) will expire at the end of each semester.  Unused Dining Dollars at the end of the Fall will be carried over into the Spring.  All unused dining funds will expire at the end of the Spring semester. If you need assistance with how to make the most of your dining options, contact dining@upenn.edu for assistance.
   

Guest Swipes allow you to share a meal with friends and family. All first and second-year dining plans include 10 guest swipes per semester.  (The guest swipes are counted in the total semester allocation.)

Dining plans represent contracts for the entire Academic Year, but are allocated/billed per semester.  Fall 2022 billing will begin in July 2022.  Dining plans purchased prior to July 1, 2022 will be posted to students’ bursar bills by July 7, 2022.  After that date, charges will be posted to students’ bursar bills on a rolling weekly basis.  Spring 2023 billing will first appear on students’ bursar bills by December 1, 2022.  Spring 2023 plans purchased after that date will be billed on a rolling weekly basis.

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Green2Go Program Info

Yes!

  • No. All containers need to be rinsed after use, but in order to assure “healthy conditions”, freshly sanitized Green2Go containers will be provided for each visit.
  • Penn Dining will run all used containers through our industrial strength dishwasher at a temperature of 180 degrees. That’s 60 degrees hotter than your standard home dishwasher.
  • We take responsibility for cleaning all containers to ensure proper sanitization.

Anybody who chooses to eat at the participating locations may utilize the Green2Go Program.

All Green2Go containers must be turned in at the end of each semester so Penn Dining can evaluate the inventory.

Green2Go is Penn Dining's signature program to reduce disposable materials in our residential dining cafes. In practice since 2013, the program has prevented 171,000 clamshells from entering the waste stream annually. 

  • All students on a Dining Plan are automatically eligible.
  • Green2Go Containers are provided to all campus residents when they move in. 
  • Diners can use the containers at Hill College House, Lauder College House, Kings Court English, 1920 Commons, Gutmann College House.
  • After you enter the cafe, select your meal, fill your container and head on your way.
  • Once you have finished your meal, please RINSE the container, and return it to one of the drop-off at any of the participating locations.
  • Diners can use the containers at Hill College House, Lauder College House, Kings Court English, 1920 Commons, New College House West.
  • At this time, only Residential Dining is participating in the program.

For students living on campus, Penn Dining provided each student with a reusable utensil kit at the beginning of the academic year. We encourage the community to utilize these when grabbing a meal to-go.

As needed disposable utensils will be provided, but highly encourage students/faculty/staff to use the set of reusable cutlery for their room/office due to the sustainable nature of the program.

Yes, all Green2Go containers need to be returned/exchanged in rinsed condition.