Dining Plans

Penn Dining brings you great food and helps create community across campus. Dining plans are a great value because they give you easy access to conveniently located, great tasting meal options right on campus. Hang out with your friends and enjoy the great tastes, fun events and the convenience that truly makes a dining plan worth having.

  • First-year undergraduate students are required by the University to purchase one of 3 first-year dining plans.
  • Upper-class undergraduate students can choose between 7 dining plans to find one that best fits their lifestyle.
  • Graduate and Professional students can choose between 7 dining plans plus a special Grad Dining Plan.

All dining plans provide a specific quantity of visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls for the semester. These can be used at any time. All plans also include Dining Dollar$ for use at any of our Penn Dining locations. Students have the option to add visits or Dining Dollar$ to their plan at any time throughout the academic year by using Campus Express.

Please note: Visits and Dining Dollar$ are split by semester, so you will receive one-half of the allotted amount of visits and Dining Dollar$ in the Fall, and the other half in the Spring. Any remaining visits at the end of the Fall semester will not be added to the visits you receive for the Spring. Dining Dollar$, will roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester but not from one academic year to another.

First Year Dining Plans

ATTENTION FIRST YEAR STUDENTS: If you did not select a dining plan by June 21, 2011, you were automatically enrolled in the Best Food Fit (BFF) Plan, our most popular plan. If you find you would like to change your dining plan, you may do so during September 7th – September 30th. If you have questions,

Welcome to Penn!

Bon Appetit at Penn Dining welcomes you to campus. We are eager to share our dining facilities with you and demonstrate that we are a culture driven to create food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, prepared from scratch using authentic ingredients.

First year Penn students are required to purchase a dining plan. We do this to ensure a sense of community among the Penn students, faculty and staff. Students can choose between 3 first-year plans with varying combinations of visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining cafes and Dining Dollar$. You can add additional blocks of visits or any amount of Dining Dollar$ to your dining plan at any time by logging into your account on Campus Express.

Need to Know Info

Dining Plans are listed by annual price, annual visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls and annual Dining Dollar$. Dining Plan contracts are binding for the entire year. Billing is done in the Fall as well as in the Spring. Students receive half of their annual visits and half of their annual Dining Dollar$ each semester.

First Year Dining Plans for Academic Year 2011 – 2012

Plan Semester Cost Annual Cost
Eat Any Time (EAT) Plan
-UNLIMITED visits (for dining plan holder only)
and $100 Dining Dollar$ per year
-$50 Dining Dollar$ per semester
$2143.50 $4287
Balanced Eating Naturally (BEN) Plan
-370 visits and $425 Dining Dollar$ per year
(visits are non-trasnferrable)
-185 visits and $212.50 Dining Dollar$ per semester
$2143.50 $4287
Best Food Fit (BFF) Plan
-250 visits and $800 Dining Dollar$ per year
(visits are non-trasnferrable)
-125 visits and $400 Dining Dollar$ per semester
$2143.50 $4287

How Do I Know Which Dining Plan is Best for Me?

The students at Penn are diverse and so are our dining plans. With these varying options, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you!

Eat Any Time (EAT)

This plan is great for the student who wants quick and convenient access to a variety of campus food options and doesn’t want to worry about preparing or finding other meal choices. It works equally well for the student who likes to eat three or four large meals a day or someone who prefers to graze and eat smaller, more frequent meals at any time throughout the day.

With the EAT plan, students can have a full buffet meal or grab a quick snack—a bowl of soup or cereal—just to tide them over. An advantage of this plan is that you have unlimited access to the dining cafes (for your meals only) and don’t have to worry about running out of meals or having extra at the end of the semester.

Balanced Eating Naturally (BEN)

This plan has a good balance of Meals and Dining Dollar$, ideal for student athletes who need larger meals after practice but also want the flexibility offered by having $425 in Dining Dollar$ to grab a sandwich to go at Houston Market or purchase granola at the UnCommon Market for a late night snack. On this plan you have approximately 12 meals a week.

Best Food Fit (BFF)*

This plan allows for a more flexible schedule, with more Dining Dollar$ and fewer Meals—approximately 8 per week—than some of the other options. It works well for students who tend to skip meals—such as breakfast—or have busy schedules that don’t allow them to eat in the dining cafes on a regular basis.

* Note: Freshmen who do not sign up for a meal plan will automatically be enrolled in the BFF plan.

Add on Visits to the Dining Halls:

Add 15 visits = $195
Add 25 visits = $319
Add 50 visits = $625
Add 75 visits = $919
Add 100 visits = $1200

How Do Dining Plans Work?

Semester Allowance

Use your visits in any of our three all-you-care-to-eat on-campus restaurants (1920 Commons, Hill College House or Kings Court English College House). Additionally, you can use your visits in Falk Dining Commons, our all-you-care-to-eat kosher dining restaurant. Each time you eat in an on-campus restaurant, one visit is subtracted from your semester visit allowance.

Dining Dollar$ (D$)

Dining Dollar$ are funds on your PennCard used to purchase items at any Penn Dining location including our retail offerings: The Burger and Sandwich Stop, Starbucks, Subway, the UnCommon Market, and Yo-Reka! in 1920 Commons, Accenture Café, the Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH and Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library. Each time you make a purchase, that amount is subtracted from your Dining Dollar$ account balance.

Add It As You Need It!

Now Dining Dollar$ not only give quick and convenient access to all 16 dining locations on campus, our new Add It As You Need It option puts cash back in your pocket as well. The more Dining Dollar$ you purchase the more you save – up to 15%!

Dining Dollar Add On Bonus
Amount
Bonus
$100 – $250
5%
$251- $500
10%
$500 +
15%

Upper-Class Dining Plans

Upper-class students can choose from 7 dining plans to find one that best fits their lifestyle. You can add additional blocks of visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining cafés or any amount of Dining Dollar$ to your dining plan at any time by logging into your account on Campus Express.

Dining Plans for Academic Year 2011 – 2012

How Do I Know Which Dining Plan is Best for Me?

The students at Penn are diverse and so are our dining plans. With these varying options, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you!

Eat Any Time (EAT)

This plan is great for the student who wants quick and convenient access to a variety of campus food options and doesn’t want to worry about preparing or finding other meal choices. It works equally well for the student who likes to eat three or four large meals a day or someone who prefers to graze and eat smaller, more frequent meals at any time throughout the day.

With the EAT plan, students can have a full buffet meal or grab a quick snack—a bowl of soup or cereal—just to tide them over. An advantage of this plan is that you have unlimited access to the dining cafes (for your meals only) and don’t have to worry about running out of meals or having extra at the end of the semester.

Balanced Eating Naturally (BEN)

This plan has a good balance of Meals and Dining Dollar$, ideal for student athletes who need larger meals after practice but also want the flexibility offered by having $425 in Dining Dollar$ to grab a sandwich to go at Houston Market or purchase granola at the UnCommon Market for a late night snack. On this plan you have approximately 12 meals a week.

Best Food Fit (BFF)

This plan allows for a more flexible schedule, with more Dining Dollar$ and fewer Meals—approximately 8 per week—than some of the other options. It works well for students who tend to skip meals—such as breakfast—or have busy schedules that don’t allow them to eat in the dining cafes on a regular basis.

One Meal Works (OMW)

This plan fits the student who wants at least one nutritionally balanced, freshly prepared meal a day (approximately 5 per week) in the dining cafes, but prefers more Dining Dollar$ at Houston Hall or other locations on campus.

Club Activity Plan (CAP)

This plan is great for the student involved in various clubs and activities. The Plan offers the flexibility of the BEN Plan but with fewer meals (approximately 3 per week) and more Dining Dollar$.

Food In Time (FIT)

This plan is great for the student who plans to eat in the dining cafes about two times a week and frequently uses Dining Dollar$ to purchase food at Houston Hall and other locations on campus.

Good to Go (GTG)

This plan is ideal for the student who likes the convenience of a dining plan but with a busy schedule plans to purchase most meals with Dining Dollar$. It provides a few meals a semester (approximately one per week) for those times when you want to join friends in the dining cafes.

Add on Visits to the Dining Halls:

Add 15 meals $ 195
Add 25 meals $ 319
Add 50 meals $ 625
Add 75 meals $ 919
Add 100 meals $ 1200

How Do Dining Plans Work?

Semester Allowance

Use your visits in any of our three all-you-care-to-eat on-campus restaurants (1920 Commons, Hill College House or Kings Court English College House). Additionally, you can use your visits in Falk Dining Commons, our all-you-care-to-eat kosher dining restaurant. Each time you eat in an on-campus restaurant, one visit is subtracted from your semester visit allowance.

Dining Dollar$ (D$)

Dining Dollar$ are funds on your PennCard used to purchase items at any Penn Dining location including our retail offerings: The Burger and Sandwich Stop, Starbucks, Subway, the UnCommon Market, and Yo-Reka! in 1920 Commons, Accenture Café, the Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH and Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library. Each time you make a purchase, that amount is subtracted from your Dining Dollar$ account balance.

Add It As You Need It!

Now Dining Dollar$ not only give quick and convenient access to all 16 dining locations on campus, our new Add It As You Need It option puts cash back in your pocket as well. The more Dining Dollar$ you purchase the more you save – up to 15%!

Dining Dollar Add On Bonus
Amount
Bonus
$100 – $250
5%
$251- $500
10%
$500 +
15%

Grad Plans

As a Penn Graduate or Professional student, you have many choices available to you to make dining on campus easy and convenient for you.

Dining Plans

Visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls and convenient take-out service are available at all of these locations. Dining Dollar$ can be used at any of our retail locations including Starbucks, Houston Market, Subway, The Burger Stop, the UnCommon Market, Yo-reka, Einstein Bagels, Marks Café and Accenture Café.

Grad Plan

A Grad Plan is an all Dining Dollar$ account available only to Grad Students that is great not only for convenience, but all purchases made are tax free! You can open one with a minimum deposit of $50. You can add as much as you want, as often as you want to add it. To purchase a dining plan or Grad Plan, log onto Campus Express using your Penn Card and follow the instructions on the site. Please visit our Dining Plan FAQ section for more information or contact us with any questions – we’re here to help make campus life easier for you.

Grad students can choose from 7 dining plans to find one that best fits their lifestyle. You can add additional blocks of visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining cafés or any amount of Dining Dollar$ to your dining plan at any time by logging into your account on Campus Express.

How Do I Know Which Dining Plan is Best for Me?

The students at Penn are diverse and so are our dining plans. With these varying options, you’re bound to find one that’s right for you!

Eat Any Time (EAT)

This plan is great for the student who wants quick and convenient access to a variety of campus food options and doesn’t want to worry about preparing or finding other meal choices. It works equally well for the student who likes to eat three or four large meals a day or someone who prefers to graze and eat smaller, more frequent meals at any time throughout the day.

With the EAT plan, students can have a full buffet meal or grab a quick snack—a bowl of soup or cereal—just to tide them over. An advantage of this plan is that you have unlimited access to the dining cafes and don’t have to worry about running out of meals or having extra at the end of the semester.

Balanced Eating Naturally (BEN)

This plan has a good balance of Meals and Dining Dollar$, ideal for student athletes who need larger meals after practice but also want the flexibility offered by having $425 in Dining Dollar$ to grab a sandwich to go at Houston Market or purchase granola at the UnCommon Market for a late night snack. On this plan you have approximately 12 meals a week.

Best Food Fit (BFF)

This plan allows for a more flexible schedule, with more Dining Dollar$ and fewer Meals—approximately 8 per week—than some of the other options. It works well for students who tend to skip meals—such as breakfast—or have busy schedules that don’t allow them to eat in the dining cafes on a regular basis.

One Meal Works (OMW)

This plan fits the student who wants at least one nutritionally balanced, freshly prepared meal a day (approximately 5 per week) in the dining cafes, but prefers more Dining Dollar$ at Houston Hall or other locations on campus.

Club Activity Plan (CAP)

This plan is great for the student involved in various clubs and activities. The Plan offers the flexibility of the BEN Plan but with fewer meals (approximately 3 per week) and more Dining Dollar$.

Food In Time (FIT)

This plan is great for the student who plans to eat in the dining cafes about two times a week and frequently uses Dining Dollar$ to purchase food at Houston Hall and other locations on campus.

Good to Go (GTG)

This plan is ideal for the student who likes the convenience of a dining plan but with a busy schedule plans to purchase most meals with Dining Dollar$. It provides a few meals a semester (approximately one per week) for those times when you want to join friends in the dining cafes.

Add on Visits to the Dining Halls:

Add 15 meals $ 195
Add 25 meals $ 319
Add 50 meals $ 625
Add 75 meals $ 919
Add 100 meals $ 1200

How Do Dining Plans Work?

Semester Allowance

Use your visits in any of our three all-you-care-to-eat on-campus restaurants (1920 Commons, Hill College House or Kings Court English College House). Additionally, you can use your visits in Falk Dining Commons, our all-you-care-to-eat kosher dining restaurant. Each time you eat in an on-campus restaurant, one visit is subtracted from your semester visit allowance.

Dining Dollar$ (D$)

Dining Dollar$ are funds on your PennCard used to purchase items at any Penn Dining location including our retail offerings: The Burger and Sandwich Stop, Starbucks, Subway, the UnCommon Market, and Yo-Reka! in 1920 Commons, Accenture Café, the Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH and Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library. Each time you make a purchase, that amount is subtracted from your Dining Dollar$ account balance. You can add Dining Dollar$ to your PennCard at any time on Campus Express (www.campusexpress.upenn.edu).

Add It As You Need It!

Now Dining Dollar$ not only give quick and convenient access to all 16 dining locations on campus, our new Add It As You Need It option puts cash back in your pocket as well. The more Dining Dollar$ you purchase the more you save – up to 15%!

Dining Dollar Add On Bonus
Amount
Bonus
$100 – $250
5%
$251- $500
10%
$500 +
15%

Summer Dining Plans

Staying at Penn over the summer? We’ve got summer dining plans designed to make your life more convenient. Who wants to spend time worrying about what to eat when it’s summer out? You can add additional blocks of visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls or any amount of Dining Dollar$ to your dining plan at any time by logging into your account on Campus Express.

If you are not a Penn student, faculty, or staff member and you would like to sign up for a Summer Dining Plan, please contact our Meal Plan Coordinator at.

Dining Plans

FLEX 25 – $300
25 meals and $100 Dining Dollar$

FLEX 45 – $450
45 meals and $100 Dining Dollar$

Add on Visits to the Dining Halls:
Add 15 visits = $211
Add 25 visits = $323
Add 50 visits = $648
Add 75 visits = $970
Add 100 visits = $1293

How Do Dining Plans Work?

Semester Meal Allowance

Use your vists at our all-you-care-to-eat on-campus restaurant, 1920 Commons. Each time you eat in our on-campus restaurant, one visit is subtracted from your summer allowance.

Dining Dollar$

Dining Dollar$ can be used in any Penn Dining location including Yo Reka, the UnCommon Market, Starbucks in 1920 Commons and Houston Market. Each time you make a purchase, that amount is subtracted from your Dining Dollar$ account balance.

Dining Plans – Frequently Asked Questions

How can I confirm my online dining plan selection?
You will receive a confirmation email after you sign up online. You can also view your dining plan under the My Dining tab on Campus Express Online. If you do not receive the email or do not see your purchase in Campus Express, As a first year student, you also can confirm your dining plan at The Campus Express Center in Houston Hall during New Student Orientation.

How does my dining plan work?
All dining plans provide a specific quantity of visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls for the semester. These can be used at any time. All plans also include Dining Dollar$ for use at any of our Bon Appetit at Penn Dining locations. Students have the option to add visits or Dining Dollar$ to their plan at any time throughout the academic year .

Please note: Visits and Dining Dollar$ are split by semester, so you will receive one-half of the allotted amount of visits and Dining Dollar$ in the Fall, and the other half in the Spring. Any remaining visits at the end of the Fall semester will not be added to the visits you receive for the Spring. Dining Dollar$, will roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring.

How do I use my visits and Dining Dollar$?

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

EXCEPTIONS include:

Thanksgiving Break
Winter Break
Spring Break

What are Dining Dollar$ and Where can I use them?

Dining Dollar$ are part of a meal plan. They are funds on your PennCard used to purchase items at any Bon Appetit at Penn Dining location. With each purchase made, the amount is deducted electronically from your Dining Dollar$ account balance. Undergraduates with dining plans and graduate students may add Dining Dollar$ to their PennCard at any time on Campus Express.

You can use them to purchase a-la-carte items at our retail operations, including:
o The Shops at 1920 Commons located at 38th and Locust Walk: Starbucks, The Burger Stop, Subway, Yo Reka, The UnCommon Market
o Mark’s Café – Van Pelt Library, Lower level
o Accenture Cyber Café – Towne Building
o McClelland Hall
o The Market at Houston Hall
o Einstein Brothers Bagel at Houston Hall

Can I have a dining plan that is only Dining Dollar$?

Undergraduates do not have access to an all Dining Dollar$ account. Bon Appetit at Penn Dining offers 4 dining plan choices to first year undergraduate students and 10 choices to other undergraduate students.

Can I get a refund for visits I don’t use?

No, visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls are non-refundable and we do not offer reimbursement. If you find that you are not using your enough visits and you are eligible, you have the option of changing your dining plan during our plan change periods (see details and related policy information below)

What if I want to make an adjustment to my dining plan?

Please consider your plan choice carefully, making certain that you are eligible for the plan you select. Plan changes for the Fall will be accepted during the Fall switch period (September 9th – September 30th). Plan changes for the Spring will be accepted in the Spring switch period (January 13th – February 3rd). You may change your dining plan once during the switch period, either in person at the Bon Appetit at Penn Dining office or via Campus Express Online. If you are looking for additions to your dining plan, you may add visits to the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls or Dining Dollar$ to your dining plan at any time.

What happens to my visits and Dining Dollar$ if I change during the mid-year switch period?

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

What if I want to cancel my dining plan?

Dining plan contracts are binding for the entire academic year. Cancellations are not permitted unless you are leaving the University. If you are leaving the University and need to cancel your dining plan, you MUST complete a cancellation form. The form can be obtained by contacting the Bon Appetit at Penn Dining office. The form must be signed and returned to Bon Appetit at Penn Dining prior to issuance of any credit. The cancellation needs to be approved by the University of Pennsylvania.

The University reserves the right to terminate this agreement for failure to pay University fee, for violation of University or Bon Appetit at Penn Dining policy, or when you are no longer enrolled as a Penn student.

How can I find out how many visits or Dining Dollar$ I have left and what can I do if I run out?
Every time your card is swiped to use a visit or Dining Dollar$, the remaining balance will come up on the card reader screen. You can also check your current balance of Dining Dollar$ and visits when you log-in to Campus Express Online and click on ‘My Dining’. Please note that the balance shown is updated approximately every 24 hours and may not be the most current amount. Students may purchase Dining Dollar$ online in any amount at Campus Express or by visiting the Bon Appetit at Penn Dining office. Students may also purchase additional visit blocks of 25 online or in the office at any time. Online requests will be processed the following business day.

What if I want to eat in the dining halls and I don’t have a dining plan?

If you do not want to purchase a dining plan but would still like to eat a meal at a Penn Dining location, you can pay as you go. Methods of payment accepted include PennCash, Dining Dollar$, SFS credit, cash. Additionally, Visa and MasterCard are accepted at select locations. Dining plans do offer savings, however, and paying with Dining Dollar$ will also enable you to benefit from a discounted price.

Door Price
1920 Commons
Kings Court
Hill
Falk (Kosher)*
Breakfast
$7.95
$7.95
$7.95
none
Lunch
$11.50
$11.50
$11.50
$12.95
Brunch
$11.50
$11.50
$11.50
none
Dinner
$15.75
$15.75
$15.75
$17.40
Discount
(PennCash,D$)
Breakfast
$6.95
$6.95
$6.95
none
Lunch
$10.75
$10.75
$10.75
$11.30
Brunch
$10.75
$10.75
$10.75
none
Dinner
$14.75
$14.75
$14.75
$16.25

*Kosher: Friday dinner = $17.75 and Saturday Lunch = $14.40

Can I use my dining plan visits for other people?

Yes you can! Every dining plan participant can use up to 10 of their visits, their Moocher Meals, per semester to bring guests into 1920 Commons, Hill House, Kings Court English College House or Falk Dining Commons. Moocher Meals are NOT in addition to the visits that come with your plan.

Can I take food out of the Dining Hall?

Yes you can! Bon Appetit at Penn Dining On the Run allows you to ask for a take out container when you swipe your PennCard. You can fill your container and enjoy a fantastic meal on the go.

What if I lose my PennCard?

You must visit the PennCard office at the Franklin Building (36th & Walnut) to obtain a new ID card immediately (replacement fee applies). 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 may enter the dining halls by first completing a Lost Card Voucher obtained from the cashier. 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.

What if I have special dietary or nutritional needs?

Bon Appétit at Penn Dining offers vegetarian, vegan, low fat selections and provisions for those who are lactose intolerant at every dining location. Halal items are also offered for lunch and dinner at Kings Court English College House and there is a selection of Halal items at the UnCommon Market at 1920 Commons. Nutritional information is available in each dining hall.

Students with other special dietary needs or concerns should contact our Bon Appetit at Penn Dining office to discuss how we can best accomodate their needs.

What if I keep kosher?

Then we have just the thing to meet your needs! Bon Appétit at Penn Dining has the premiere Glatt Kosher Dining facility in the Philadelphia area, Falk Dining Commons. All dining plans are accepted at Falk Dining Commons located in Steinhardt Hall. There is a daily rate for non-dining plan participants which can be paid using Dining Dollar$ (Grads only), PennCash, SFS or cash. Also, an additional 2 Dining Dollar$ will be subtracted from your account if you are on a meal plan.

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