FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Dining Near Me

General Questions

There‘s always a campus dining location open between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. You can also take out at any of our retail operations, which offer "grab and go" items such as sandwiches, salads, and bakery items. All of the dining commons offer carryout options as well.

For a listing of food choices and hours, please visit our Residential Dining hours page.

You can also get up to date information via our app for iPhone and Android.

Food Allergies/ Special Diets

General Questions

We encourage you to contact our Registered Dietitians office to review your dietary needs and learn more on how to best manage your dietary needs on campus. A dietitian will review the menu options that are right for you, and coordinate a meeting to connect you with the appropriate Campus Dining team(s). To contact a Registered Dietitian, please call 814-863-3420 or email foodallergies@psu.edu.

For more information on special dietary accommodations through Campus Dining, please see the Allergies and Nutrition page.

Yes. Meatless and Vegan options can be found daily in all of our Residential Dining operations. For more information, please visit our Vegetarianism page.

Meal Plans

General Questions

Base cost: This is paid up front for the entire semester and covers non-food expenses to operate the dining commons, such as labor, utilities, equipment, and supplies.
Dining dollars: This is the amount that can be spent for purchases. Each time you make a purchase, funds will be deducted from your account and your balance is displayed on the register.

For more detailed information please reference the following article on Campus Meal Plans.

For a comparison of all three plans, click here.

If you plan to eat at least 14 meals every week in the dining commons, we recommend the Campus Meal Plan.

If you're going to eat fewer than 14 meals every week in the dining commons, or you plan to eat most of your meals elsewhere on campus, such as the HUB, we recommend LionCash+ or the Commuter Meal Plan.

LionCash+ provides the most flexibility. You can use it anywhere on campus, off campus at participating vendor locations, and funds carry over each year.

Funds for Campus Meal Plan or Commuter Meal Plan should be active when your student arrives to campus. Online transactions are made in real time, so as soon as you add dining dollars to your meal plan they are available. Any issues with id+ cards, please reach out to the id+ Office.

You can quickly and easily check your balance online. Anytime you make a purchase, the dollar value of your account balance appears on the register.

You can lower your Campus Meal Plan anytime during the semester - up to one week before the last day of finals. It is important you check your fall meal plan balance in November and reduce your meal plan if you have a lot of leftover dining dollars. This will prevent having a lot of leftover dining dollars at the end of spring semester, which would be forfeited.

To purchase a Campus Meal Plan or Commuter Meal Plan, go to www.eliving.psu.edu.

To add funds to your LionCash+ account, go to www.idonline.psu.edu.

Add funds to your Campus Meal Plan and LionCash+ by visiting the id+ card website. If you have a Commuter Meal Plan, you cannot add additional funds. We suggest using LionCash+ in this case.

Yes. If you purchase a campus meal plan for the following semester, your account balance will carry over from summer session to the fall semester, and from fall semester to spring semester. Any dining dollars remaining at the end of spring semester are forfeited. For that reason, we recommend that you check your account balance on the id+ website in November and April to make any necessary adjustments to your meal plan.

You can adjust your meal plan online up to one week prior to the last day of finals. Also, during summer session or fall semester, any extra dining dollars will carry over into the following semester providing you've purchased a meal plan for that semester. Check your account balance before the end of each semester to make any necessary adjustments to your meal plan.

Menus

General Questions

Visit our menu website and click on the location you are interested in. This site lists the menu choices for the all-you-care-to-eat locations and the a la carte operations.

Sustainability

General Questions

It is an ecofriendly, reusable container to be used for to-go meals.

To enroll:

1. Pay a $5 deposit through your Campus Meal Plan or LionCash+ and get a Green2Go Box from the cashier.

2. Fill it up with food and go.

3. Keep the container until you want carryout again, or exchange the rinsed Green2Go Box for an easy to carry carabineer. The carabineer is your token for a new Green2Go Box when you want carryout in the future.

4. At the end of the semester, return your carabineer for a refund of $5.