Meal Fees

Students who live on campus will be required to pay a Meal Fee, which will cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Meal Fees are paid through Temple's campus-based debit card system called Diamond Dollars. Diamond Dollars can be spent at many locations on campus, including dining halls, most local restaurants and shops, and even some food trucks.

All residential students will be required to deposit a minimum Meal Fee onto their account, and instructions will be provided when you enroll in campus housing. Additional funds can be deposited by parents and families onto your account at any time. Minimum Meal Fees are

  • $300 for two weeks
  • $600 for four weeks
  • $900 for six weeks

Non-residential students are also welcome to use the Diamond Dollars system to cover their lunches and snacks while on campus, but are not required to pay the minimum meal fee.

Dietary Accommodations

Temple University Culinary Services is adept at accommodating a variety of dietary restrictions and food allergies. There are numerous options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and other specialty diets. If you would like to talk about options for your specific dietary needs, please contact precollege@temple.edu to arrange a meeting with our Culinary Services staff.

Places to Eat on Campus

On-campus dining at Temple means great food when you need it, where you need it. It also means a comfortable atmosphere where you can gather with friends, take a break from studying or just hang out and relax. The typical meal consists of a wide variety of food served cafeteria-style and includes vegetarian and vegan options. The dining hall is set up to accommodate most common food allergies or dietary restrictions. 

Students should also plan bringing spending money in order to experience the flavorful options of local shops, food trucks, and neighborhood restaurants off-campus.

Angled photo of Potbelly restaurant on campus. Orange and red umbrellas line the walkway, and students move between classes and sit down to each lunch.