Campus Dining

Philadelphia, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$23,422 ($13,596)
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food and dining options on campus is okay. Most of the dining halls have the same meal options every day and I get tired of eating the same thing. I am happy that the dining halls have vegetarian and vegan options because I am a vegan. I usually eat at Johnson and Hardwick Dining Hall. However, I heard the best place to eat is Morgan Hall because the quality of the food is amazing. Morgan Hall also has vegetarian and vegan options in which I will eat there some day. There are also a decent amount of food trucks on campus that people love. I wish the food trucks, and dining halls have more vegan options because I need variety. In regards to meal plans, I wish they were more flexible to food trucks and off-campus foods. Additionally, I wish the meal plans were more inexpensive.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Some of the places have good food and some are not so great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lots of places to eat given that you could just travel around the city if you wanted.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's not much variety, so after a few weeks, one gets tired of the food.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining can always be better. Besides the rich diverse foods there are, there is not one solid food place that stands out. All of the campus dining close at 8:00 P.M. which is a bummer for those who are late-snack eaters.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 69th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 85th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 277th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 413rd
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Though there are a lot of places to eat at on campus, about half of them don’t accept a meal plan. They either accept cash or Diamond Dollars, accessible with your ID card. Fair warning: don’t get a big meal plan—it’s a waste. The smallest meal plan available is a "block five," which is five meals per week and is only to be used at the SAC or the cafeteria. The largest plan is the Super Value Carte Blanche plan for unlimited feasting. The cafeteria specializes in different cultural foods, as well as the usual pizza, sandwich, pasta, and salad entrées. The student rec center carries fast food restaurants and snacks. Near Anderson and Gladfelter halls, there are pizza stands, Chinese stands, and deli restaurants where students can eat in between classes. The prices are affordable, even for a college student. If you are a fan of water ice, be sure to check out Saadiq’s Water Ice truck, which is parked near the student center.

Temple is always interested in what you have to say about the food places. There are comment cards for the food or service, and most of them are quite amusing. Comments usually sound something like, “What’s that smell?” The best part is that the administration always replies.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3320 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
If living on campus
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Louis J. Esposito Dining Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Insomnia Cookies
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • 7-Eleven
  • The Bagel Hut
  • City View Pizza
  • Crown Chicken & Biscuit
  • Draught Horse
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Koja Grille
  • Maxi's Pizza Subs & Bar
  • McDonald's
  • The Noshery
  • Owl's Nest
  • Plaza Pizza
  • Qdoba
  • Rita's
  • Rite Aid
  • Subway
  • Wendy's
  • Wing Stop
Did You Know?
Temple has more lunch trucks than actual places to eat on campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Artist's Palate
Location: Tyler School of Art, Pressler Hall
Food: Grab-'n-go
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Bean Counter
Location: Temple Towers
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Café 613
Location: Rosen Hillel
Food: New York deli-style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fresh Bytes Café
Location: Tuttleman Learning Center
Food: Salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jazzman's Café
Location: Fox School of Business, Alter Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Louis J. Esposito Dining Center
Location: Johnson/Hardwick Complex
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Lucky Cup Café
Location: Annenberg Hall, Anderson Hall, Beasley Law School, Ritter Annex, TUCC, Wachman Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Night Owl
Location: 1300 Residence Hall, lower level
Food: Grill, pizza, snacks
Hours: Daily 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Paley Perk
Location: Paley Library
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Simply To Go
Location: Gladfelter Hall
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Tech Center
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 24 hours, Friday 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Valaida S. Walker Food Court
Location: Howard Gittis Student Center
Food: Asian, burgers, Italian, Mexican, pizza, pretzels, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 177 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 34% All of the Food trucks everywhere of all kinds
  • 21% The Student Center
  • 18% Morgan
  • 13% Johnson and Hardwick dining
  • 8% Sushi of many different varieties
  • 5% Unlimited ice cream

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 25% J&H
  • 25% Mystery meat
  • 15% The Chinese food at the sack
  • 15% The mock chinease food
  • 10% J&H potatoes
  • 10% Fried foods

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% You do not get a refund for the ones you don't use
  • 32% The time restrictions
  • 14% Theyre expensive
  • 9% Not suitable for those w/ many dietary restriction
  • 5% The staff
  • 5% I do not have a meal plan

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 39% Different places the plan can apply to
  • 29% Variety of food options
  • 18% The food is unlimited at certain places
  • 14% You never go hungry


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