Explore your Dining Options

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Students standing in line at Burger King
Burger King
HUB-Robeson Center
Fast Casual

No discounts available

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Edge Coffee Shop Counter
Edge @ East
Findlay Commons
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Edge Coffee Shop Counter
Edge @ Pollock
Pollock Commons
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Edge Coffee Shop Counter
Edge @ South
Redifer Commons
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Edge Coffee Shop Counter
Edge @ West
Waring Commons
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Hibachi San Logo
Hibachi-San
HUB-Robeson Center
Fast Casual

No discounts available

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Jamba
Jamba
HUB-Robeson Center
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Louies Checkout Counter
Louie's Market
Redifer Commons
Convenience Store

No discounts available

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Market East Entrance
Market East
Findlay Commons
Convenience Store

No discounts available

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Market North Convenience Store Interior aisles
Market North
Warnock Commons
Convenience Store

No discounts available

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Market Pollock Checkout Counter
Market Pollock
Pollock Commons
Convenience Store

No discounts available

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Market West Logo
Market West
Waring Commons
Convenience Store

No discounts available

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McAlisters Deli Food Court Location
McAlister's Deli
HUB-Robeson Center
Fast Casual

No discounts available

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Student dining outside of Panda Express
Panda Express
HUB-Robeson Center
Fast Casual

No discounts available

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Panera Lounge Kern Building
Panera @ Kern Building
Kern Graduate Building
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Panera Logo
Panera @ Lewis Katz Building
Lewis Katz Building
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Panera Logo
Panera @ Westgate Building
Westgate Building
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Panera Zoller location
Panera @ Zoller Gallery
Visual Arts Building
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Saxbys Logo
Saxbys
Business Building
Fast Casual

No discounts available

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Sbarro Food Court
Sbarro
HUB-Robeson Center
Fast Casual

No discounts available

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Acai Bowl from Shake Smart
Shake Smart @ IM Building
IM Building
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Acai Bowl from Shake Smart
Shake Smart @ White Building
White Building
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Slim Chickens
Slim Chickens
HUB-Robeson Center
Food Court

No discounts available

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Student ordering at Starbucks counter
Starbucks @ Paterno Library
Paterno Library
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

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Starbucks in the HUB
Starbucks @ The HUB
HUB-Robeson Center
Coffee, Cafes & Juice Bars

No discounts available

FAQ

Dining

General

What food options are available to me right now?

For a listing of food choices, explore your dining options

You can also get up to date information via Dining on the Penn State Go app.

What is LionCash and how is a deposit made?

LionCash makes your Penn State id+ Card even more convenient! It’s an online, prepaid flexible account that makes on- and off-campus purchases safe and easy. LionCash is used to pay for laundry in the residence halls, and can be used in vending machines and copiers across campus. There are over 200 participating merchants both on and off campus who accept LionCash for payment. Students with a Campus Meal Plan who run low on funds can use LionCash to supplement their meal plan - and still receive the same meal plan discounts.

Deposits are simple to make online, and funds are available immediately! Funds carry over year-to-year, until a student is no longer afflilated with the University. 

To learn more and to make a deposit visit:  https://idcard.psu.edu/overview

What should students and families know about dining during COVID-19?

  • Although in-person dining will be available, it will be limited, with tables physically distanced and chairs removed to promote a safer eating environment for diners and workers in accordance with federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines. Campus Dining has put in place enhanced protocols including — but not limited to — the use of masks by all guests and staff; increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces and restrooms using an EPA-approved disinfectant; additional hand sanitizer stations; installation of Plexiglas in key areas; and self-swipe card payments.
  • New for fall 2020, students can access a mobile ordering and pickup option at select locations.

Food Allergies / Special Diets

Are there vegetarian/vegan options available?

Yes, Meatless and Vegan options are served daily in all five of the dining commons. Each all-you-care-to-eat area offers a vegan entree, soup, and varying side dishes for each meal.  Salad bars also offer vegan protiens such as tofu, beans, and quinoa. For more information, please visit the Vegetarianism page.

What if I have food allergies and intolerances?

Penn State Campus Dining offers multiple resources to ensure students with food allergies and intolerances dine safely on campus.  We encourage students to contact the Registered Dietitians’ Office at [email protected] or (814) 863-3420 to make a plan for navigating dining on campus.

 

 

Meal Plans

General

Can I cancel my meal plan?

The Campus Meal Plan is required for students living on campus, with the exception of those living in on-campus apartments, where it is optional. For students required to purchase a Campus Meal Plan, it must be purchased for each semester and cannot be canceled.

The Commuter Meal Plan is available for on-campus apartment residents and commuting students; it is not required. Students interested in making changes to a Commuter Meal Plan should contact their campus Housing and Food Services Office or for University Park, the id+ Office.

Students who withdraw or end their relationship with the University after the semester has started may be eligible for a refund of remaining dining dollars and, for the Campus Meal Plan, a prorated refund of the base cost, within the timeframe outlined in the HFS Contract Terms, Conditions, and Regulations. Any refund will be credited to the student's LionPATH account or to the credit card used to purchase the meal plan.

The meal plan cannot be transferred or assigned to another individual.

Can I change my meal plan? What if I need more money for another week living on campus?

When a student accepts the HFS Contract, the Campus Meal Plan will default to level 2. The Campus Meal Plan level can be managed on eLiving, under "My Info" < My Meal Plan, through the last day of finals for the semester. The system will display whether the student's account is eligible to be increased or decreased.

If dining dollar funds are running low, you can also add funds to LionCash. Current Campus Meal Plan account holders have the benefit of utilizing LionCash funds to backfill your Campus Meal Plan and receive the same discounted rate as the meal plan. Students simply tell the cashier that they have a campus meal plan and the appropriate discount will be applied.

How do I check my meal plan balance?

Students can check their meal plan balance online at idcard.psu.edu/manage-accounts. Available balances are also displayed at Campus Dining registers and on receipts, but understand that the registers display a combined meal plan and LionCash account balance.

The Campus Meal Plan level can be managed on eLiving, under "My Info" < My Meal Plan, through the last day of finals for the semester. The system will display whether the student's account is eligible to be increased or decreased.

If funds are running low, friends and family can add dining dollars or LionCash, too.

How does my meal plan work?

The Campus Meal Plan provides easy purchasing and savings for students who regularly eat meals on campus. 

The Campus Meal Plan can be accessed via your Penn State id+ Card. Dining dollars will be added to your account; the amount of dining dollars depends upon which level of the Campus Meal Plan account you have selected. When you visit a dining facility operated by Penn State Housing and Food Services, you will present your id+ card to the cashier, who will swipe the card through a reader. The reader will access your account, deduct the proper purchase amount, and display your new account balance. The amount of your purchase depends upon the location and what is purchased. 

At University Park, dining dollars can be spent at over 30 eateries on campus, including the CreameryHUB Dining, Beaver Stadium, and other sports facilities. The “all-you-care-to-eat” dining option in offered in 5 Residential Dining locations and offers the best value.

If I live off campus, can I purchase a meal plan and what are the options?

Students living off campus are eligible to purchase a Campus Meal Plan, Commuter Meal Plan, or use LionCash. Meal plans can be purchased on eLiving, under the "Contracts" > Purchase Meal Plan link.

Learn more about the meal plan options to determine which one is the best fit for you. 

Is a meal plan required?

All students living in on-campus housing, with the exception of those students assigned to either Nittany Apartments or White Course Apartments, are required to purchase the Campus Meal Plan for the entire HFS Contract period. The Campus Meal Plan is optional for students living in the on-campus apartments.

What are the different meal plan discounts?

Campus Meal Plan account holders have access to the greatest discounts in on-campus dining:

  • 65 percent off cash price at Buffet-to-Go and All-You-Care-to-Eat locations
  • 65 percent off cash price on prepared items* at food courts
  • 10 percent off campus price on prepared items* at specialty fast casual operations, such as Soup & Garden, Grate Chee, and Blue Burrito in the HUB, Bruno's at Behrend, the Outpost at Harrisburg, and coffee shops at campus locations

The Commuter Meal Plan and LionCash offer a 10 percent discount off cash price on the items and  locations listed above. Additional LionCash discounts may be available at off-campus participating locations.

*prepared items are meals, snacks, and beverages that are made by Campus Dining staff. This excludes menu items at nationally branded restaurants and cafes.

What happens to my leftover meal plan funds?

Campus Meal Plan

Dining Dollars remaining at the end of  summer session are carried over to fall semester, and Dining Dollars remaining at the end of fall semester are carried over to spring semester, provided the student has an active Campus Meal Plan for the fall and spring semester, respectfully. Dining Dollars remaining at the end of the spring semester are forfeited. Students have the ability to manage their Campus Meal Plan through eLiving until the last day of the semester.

Students living on campus are required to purchase a Campus Meal Plan each semester. 

When a student accepts the HFS Contract, the Campus Meal Plan will default to level 2. The Campus Meal Plan level can be managed on eLiving, under "My Info" < My Meal Plan, through the last day of finals for the semester. The system will display whether the student's account is eligible to be increased or decreased.

If dining dollar funds are running low, you can also add funds to LionCash. Current Campus Meal Plan account holders have the benefit of utilizing LionCash funds to backfill your Campus Meal Plan and receive the same discounted rate as the meal plan. Students simply tell the cashier that they have a campus meal plan and the appropriate discount will be applied.

Commuter Meal Plan

Commuter Meal Plan funds carry over from fall to spring regardless of whether a spring commuter meal plan has been purchased.

LionCash

LionCash never expires and is available until you are no longer registered as a Penn State student.
 

What is LionCash and how is a deposit made?

LionCash makes your Penn State id+ Card even more convenient! It’s an online, prepaid flexible account that makes on- and off-campus purchases safe and easy. LionCash is used to pay for laundry in the residence halls, and can be used in vending machines and copiers across campus. There are over 200 participating merchants both on and off campus who accept LionCash for payment. Students with a Campus Meal Plan who run low on funds can use LionCash to supplement their meal plan - and still receive the same meal plan discounts.

Deposits are simple to make online, and funds are available immediately! Funds carry over year-to-year, until a student is no longer afflilated with the University. 

To learn more and to make a deposit visit:  https://idcard.psu.edu/overview

What is the cost of room and board?

Room and board rates are approved by the Board of Trustees every year, normally in the early spring for the upcoming academic year. Room and board rates are per student, per semester, and are charged to the student's LionPATH account for payment. Students are charged the corresponding room rate based on their actual room assignment. The Campus Meal Plan (board rate) is comprised of a base fee and dining dollars. 

What type of meal plans are available?

There are three different meal plan options:

  • Campus Meal Plan: required for all students living in University Housing, except for Nittany and White Course Apartments
  • Commuter Meal Plan: optional plan for students living in Nittany and White Course Apartments and students living in off-campus housing
  • LionCash: available for all students to use (those with a meal plan should use that instead though)

Where can I use my meal plan?

Campus Meal Plan dining dollars can be used at all Campus Dining locations any Penn State Campus*, as well as at popular destinations at University Park such as Beaver Stadium, Bryce Jordan Center, Pegula Ice Arena, and Berkey Creamery.

Commuter Meal Plans can be used at all Campus Dining locations any Penn State Campus*.

LionCash can be used at hundreds of merchants, both on and off campus. Visit https://idcard.psu.edu/merchants for a full list.

 

*Campuses offering Campus Dining locations:  Abington, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Behrend, Brandywine, Dubois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, Shenango, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, and York

Food Allergies / Special Diets

What if I have food allergies and intolerances?

Penn State Campus Dining offers multiple resources to ensure students with food allergies and intolerances dine safely on campus.  We encourage students to contact the Registered Dietitians’ Office at [email protected] or (814) 863-3420 to make a plan for navigating dining on campus.