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An important reminder about Dining options
during New Student Orientation
As you plan your arrival to Penn, we would like to remind you that during New Student Orientation (Sept. 3 – 7), all meals will be provided for students beginning with breakfast on Friday, Sept. 3. On Thursday, Sept. 2, the official move-in day for freshmen, campus dining halls will not be open. (The first mandatory event — a College House floor meeting — begins at 9pm that evening.) We encourage families to take advantage of the many retail dining options located on or near campus during that time. Regular student dining plans begin on the first day of classes, Wednesday Sept. 8.
Penn Dining has partnered with Bon Appétit Management Company to bring you great-tasting, sustainable food and friendly customer service on campus. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of healthful meals cooked from scratch using ingredients purchased in a socially responsible manner.
All first year undergraduates are required to purchase a dining plan, and we have many flexible options to fit your needs. You can use your meals and Dining Dollar$ at more than 10 dining cafés on campus. Whether you’re craving a quick cup of coffee or a full meal, Bon Appétit at Penn Dining has options for every palate!
The $205 Orientation Fee, which will be charged to your Student Financial Services (SFS) account, covers meals provided during NSO. Meals will be served each day at times specified in the NSO Calendar; since these are not part of the regular meal plan, the cost is listed as an Orientation Fee.
Stouffer Commons, Basement Level
3702 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Bon Appétit at Penn Dining strives to meet your daily dining needs and is dedicated to providing high-quality food, conveniently and cost effectively. Choose from popular all-you-care-to-eat meals served in several dining halls or freshly prepared grab-and-go items at multiple retail locations around campus. Our cafés accept Dining Plans, Dining Dollar$ and cash. You can purchase Dining Dollar$ on Campus Express at any time.
*All first year undergraduates are required to purchase a dining plan. To view specific dining plan options or apply for dining plans online, log on to www.campusexpress.upenn.edu and click on "My Dining."
1920 Commons Dining is located at the western base of the 38th and Locust footbridge. Entrance is from the bridge. 1920 Commons is the closest dining hall to Harnwell, Harrison, Rodin, Gregory and Du Bois College Houses.
Hill Dining is located within Hill College House at 34th and Walnut Streets. To enter, use the main entrance doors to Hill College House and go down the stairs (before entering the residence hall) or use the entrance doors beneath the Hill moat bridge.
Kings Court-English Dining is located within Kings Court/English College House (KCECH) at 36th and Sansom streets. To enter, use the main entrance doors to KCECH and go down the hall. The Dining hall entrance is on the right, beside the stairs.
Express Dining at Hill Dining and McClelland in the Quad allows you to use your meal swipes to get meals to go. Whether it’s a classic sandwich, tasty wrap or seasonal salad, you’ll be able to enjoy freshly prepared meals while on the run.
Kosher Dining at Penn Hillel
Falk Dining Commons is located in Steinhardt Hall at 39th Street between Walnut Street and Locust Walk. Known for its home-style cooking, delicious pizza, vegetarian items, and its fun and friendly staff, Falk Dining Commons combines great food with a strong sense of community within the larger University setting. The menu rotates with Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as meat days and Tuesday and Thursday as dairy days. With a meal swipe plus a $2.00 surcharge, any student on a Dining plan can eat at the kosher facility at Steinhardt. This $2.00 can be paid for using the Dining Dollar$ included in the Dining plan, PennCash, SFS Credit, or cash. Kosher items are also available at Houston Market and the Uncommon Market at 1920 Commons for purchase with Dining Dollar$.
Houston Market, located on the ground floor of Houston Hall at 3417 Spruce Street, is very popular with Penn students, staff, and visitors alike. At Houston Market, you’ll find an array of food choices, from classic panini sandwiches and tossed-to-order salads to authentic Southeast Asian cuisine and flavorful Mexican dishes. All meals are cooked from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients. If you’re on the go, you can pick up bagels, breakfast sandwiches, prepared salads, and coffee at Einstein Bros. Bagels next door.
On the main level of 1920 Commons, you will find many places to use your Dining Dollars$ including Starbucks, Subway, Yo-reka, The Burger Stop, and a full convenience store for all your take-home needs.
Mark's Café in Van Pelt Library and the Accenture Cyber Café in the Towne Building are great places to grab a cup of Starbucks coffee and sandwiches, salads or a quick snack.
Click here for a detailed map of all dining and shopping locations on and around campus.
Visit Campus Express for more information on the various meal plan options. Remember, all first-year undergraduate students must have a meal plan. You can choose among the four first year undergraduate plans offered, or, we’ll automatically assign you to the Liberty Plan over the summer. Then, when you come to campus, you’ll have a few weeks to make changes to your plan choice.