Upper-Class Dining Plans

Penn Dining is eager to share our dining cafés 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.

Upper-class students can choose from 16 dining plans to find one that best fits their lifestyle. Sign-up now via Campus Express.

Dining Plans

ay17-18 upper class pricing table

Dining Dollar$ Discount

Dining Plan holders will enjoy a 5% discount at Houston Market, Gourmet Grocer, Mark's Café, New College House, McClelland Express, Joe's Café, and Accenture Café when using your Dining Dollar$.

Dining Plan Dates

Fall 2017 Dining Plans will begin on Tuesday, August 29, 2017- the first day of class.

Plans will open on Tuesday, August 29 and can be used through Wednesday, November 22.

All cafés will be closed from November 23-25, 2017.

Cafés will begin to re-open on November 26 evening, and will remain open through December 21, 2017.

Fall 2017 dining plans will end with dinner on December 21, 2017, which will have modified hours to accommodate the last exam schedule.


Spring 2018 Dining Plans will begin on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  (Note: beginning on January 2, 2018, limited retail cafés will be open with modified hours, though January 9.)

Spring 2018 dining plans are valid from January 9-March 2, 2018.

From March 3-10, 2018, all AYCTE cafés will be closed for Spring Break.  Some retail cafés will be open during this time, at which you can use your Dining Dollar$.

Cafés will begin to re-open on March 11 evening, and will remain open through May 8, 2017.

All ACYTE cafés will be closed after May 8, 2018.

All Dining Dollar$ will expire on Commencement Day, Monday, May 14, 2018.


Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break Meals

Our operations are closed over Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break, as outlined above.  If you are a student with high financial need and will need meals over the Thanksgiving, Winter, and/or Spring Breaks, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Please see the Hours of Operation for the most up-to-date hours of operation.

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!

Away From Kitchen (AFK)

This plan is great for the student who enjoys the all-you-care-to-eat option. The Away From Kitchen plan comes with 250 visits and $100 Dining Dollar$ in the Fall semester and 295 visits and $50 Dining Dollar$ in the Spring semester.

Balanced Eating Naturally (BEN)

This plan has a good balance of Meals and Dining Dollar$, ideal for students who want larger meals but also want the flexibility offered by having $225 in Dining Dollar$ per semester to grab a snack on-the-go. On this plan you have approximately 11 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 or have busy schedules that don't allow time to eat in the dining cafes on a regular basis.

Best Food Fit (BFF)--Upperclass*

This plan is only available to Upperclass students.  This plan is structured similarly to the BFF plan, but with a slightly adjusted balance of swipes and Dining Dollar$.  This plan includes 125 swipes per semester, and $500 in Dining Dollar$, for Upperclass students who enjoy a balance of community dining and grabbing meals on-the-go.

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 BFF Plan but with fewer meals (approximately 3 per week) and more Dining Dollar$.

Any Time Meals (ATM)

This plan is perfect for the student who enjoys the flexibility of Dining Dollar$. The ATM Plan is comprised entirely of Dining Dollar$ and can be used at any Penn Dining Retail location on campus, including 1920 Retail and Houston Market. Bonus: Dining Dollar$ can be used to purchase a discounted door rate to the all-you-care-to-eat cafe's as well!

Take Your Pick (TYP)

With nine different possibilities, this plan is designed for maximum flexibility allowing you to find the dining option that best suits your preferences and schedule.

*First-year, Freshmen students, regardless of academic standing, cannot enroll in this plan

How Do Dining Plans Work?

Semester Allowance

Use your visits in any of our five all-you-care-to-eat on-campus cafés (1920 Commons, Hill College House, English College House, and Falk Kosher Dining). Each time you eat in an on-campus café, one visit is subtracted from your semester visit allowance.

Dining Dollar$

Dining Dollar$ are funds on your PennCard used to purchase items at any Penn Dining location including our retail offerings: Gourmet Grocer and Starbucks (located in 1920 Commons), Rick Bayless' Tortas Frontera and the ARCH, Accenture Café, Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in SHDH, José Andrés' Beefsteak in Houston Hall, Mark’s Café in Van Pelt Library, and Pret A Manger in Huntsman Hall. 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 via Campus Express.

Add-On Visits

FY 18 add-on swipes pricing table

Add-on values are valid for the full academic year. Once added to a dining plan add-on meals cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable.

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