Campus Dining

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
24,382
Tuition (in-state)
$23,422 ($13,596)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is pretty good. I haven't tried everything yet, but I know there are plenty of options and places to eat everywhere. There are a few dining halls on campus where students can eat using there meal plans. There is a lot of variety on campus. We have a pizza place, Mexican food, Asian food, coffee shops, and more that I can't think of. I know I'll never be hungry at Temple.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: i like our dining! i usually went there have my lunch , it very close to campus, and it have lots of choice, i basically went there every day. it's like a buffet , you can choose whatever you want, they have burger,pizza, soup ,salad,cake, icecream, fruit, vegan food, and so on . it really alot choice.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining menus are great but a bit pricey and small portions.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The main dining hall started off with a good selection, but then as time went on I found it was the same old same old. Therefore, I did not eat meals there very often. I would eat my meals from various places around the campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The campus dining halls are okay. You won't go hungry, but sometimes it's better to eat out instead of on campus. I go to the lounge to get food on the go because it was convenient for my schedule. And once in awhile I use my flex to get snacks (especially towards the end of the semester).

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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?
Yes
If living on campus
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Louis J. Esposito Dining Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Maxi's
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Hoagies
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Insomnia Cookies
24-Hour Dining
None
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.
Starbucks
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 186 responses

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

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 22 responses

  • 30% The time restrictions
  • 30% You do not get a refund for the ones you don't use
  • 18% Theyre expensive
  • 9% I do not have a meal plan
  • 6% Not suitable for those w/ many dietary restriction
  • 3% The staff
  • 3% Not a lot of places use the meal plan, only DDs

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 35% All of the Food trucks everywhere of all kinds
  • 18% The Student Center
  • 16% Johnson and Hardwick dining
  • 14% Morgan
  • 8% Sushi of many different varieties
  • 4% Unlimited ice cream
  • 4% The wall

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% Mystery meat
  • 21% J&H
  • 18% The mock chinease food
  • 18% The Chinese food at the sack
  • 12% J&H potatoes
  • 6% Fried foods
  • 3% I have had no problem with the food.

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 20 responses

  • 32% Variety of food options
  • 32% Different places the plan can apply to
  • 18% The food is unlimited at certain places
  • 18% You never go hungry

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