As freshmen, you are required to be on a meal plan. The meal plan consists of a certain number of meals as well as Dining Dollars. The meals can be used at five dining halls: 1920 Commons, New College House Dining Hall, Hill Dining Hall, the Cafe at McClelland (in the Quad), and Kings Court Dining Hall. Retail dining options which accept Dining Dollars include Houston Market in Houston Hall, Joe’s Café in Steinhardt-Dietrich Hall, and the Starbucks and other dining options in the basement of 1920 Commons. Other cafés and snacking options around campus may not take Dining Dollars but often accept Penn Cash.
Penn also has a wide variety of cuisines from Vietnamese to Lebanese and classic American food available in the restaurants on and around campus. Philadelphia is renowned for its amazing culinary scene and there are restaurant weeks in the Spring and Fall which give you the chance to sample some of Philly’s finest restaurants at discounted rates. Don’t miss it!