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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Dining Services

1109 South Campus Dining Hall
Dining Plans:301-314-8069
Terrapin Express: 301-314-8068
Student Employment: 301-314-8058

The University of Maryland offers one of the largest self-operated and self-supported dining services programs in the country. Dining halls are open from 7:00 a.m. until midnight on weekdays, and during the day and evening on weekends.  Convenience shops in resident communities are open long hours (the 24 Shop, in the Denton Community, is open around the clock!).  Cafés tucked in academic buildings have hours of operation that work well with the schedules of people using those facilities.

Three dining halls feature a total of 42 culinary stations serving build-your-own pasta, stuffed-to-order burritos, custom-made hot and cold deli sandwiches and wraps, self-serve and specially-assembled salads, rotisserie chicken with healthy homemade side dishes, and classic lunches and dinners.  Students will find internationally themed shops, smoothie stations, bakeries, vegan stations, and Mongolian grills.

We operate two restaurants, fourteen cafés, seven brand-name quick-service locations, and five convenience shops scattered across campus.  For a complete list of dining locations, hours, and general information visit  dining.umd.edu .  We welcome students, faculty, staff, and visitors into all of our locations across campus.

Resident Anytime Dining Plans

All Resident Dining Plans start with unlimited access to campus dining halls. Come in anytime we’re open and eat whatever you like. To enter a dining hall you wave your hand over the scanner, the gate opens, and you come in to enjoy what you choose. You can come in every day, as many times as you like — and we do not track what food you take each time you dine. Students who live in traditional, on-campus resident halls are required to have one of four Seven-Day Resident Dining Plans.

  • The Diner and South Campus Dining Hall open at: 7:00 am Monday to Friday, 10:00 am Saturday and Sunday
  • The Diner and South Campus Dining Hall offer dinner and late night dining until midnight Sunday to Thursday, and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday
  • 251 North will be open Sunday to Friday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm 

Dining Dollars are part of upgraded resident plans, and are accepted in all Dining Services permanent locations including the Dining Services operated brand name locations in the Stamp. Chick fil-A, Taco Bell Express, Auntie Anne’s, Sbarro and Subway are new members of the Dining Dollars family.

Guest Passes are included in every dining plan. These can be used to bring an occasional guest into the dining halls. Alternately, guests are welcome to pay at the door using cash, credit or Terrapin Express.

Optional Dining Plans

We are always pleased to see students, faculty, staff and guests in dining halls, restaurants, shops and cafés on campus! Members of the campus community can become members of the dining plan program in several ways:

  • Any student is welcome to purchase a Seven-Day Anytime Dining Plan. This plan gives you unlimited access to the three dining halls any time they are open – come in as many times a day as you like, eat whatever you choose.
  • To non-resident students we offer a Five-Day Anytime Dining Plan. This plan provides unlimited access to the three dining halls Monday through Friday.
  • We offer Dining Dollars - accepted at all permanent Dining Services locations. When you purchase a block of Dining Dollars, you get a discount! And there is no tax when you use Dining Dollars in any dining services location on campus.
  • And remember, we always accept cash, credit and Terrapin Express everywhere we serve food.

Terrapin Express

Terrapin Express is a prepaid debit account: money you set aside to use at over 50 locations across campus including the University Book Center and University Health Center. Cashiers, copiers, printers and washing machines use the UMD ID card to access account information. Every active UMD ID card is connected to a Terrapin Express account. To activate the account, call the office or visit the website listed above. In addition to being an easy way to access products and services on campus, Terrapin Express is a wonderful way to supplement the dining plans and a great dining plan alternative for non-resident and apartment students. Funds roll over from semester to semester and additional funds can be added at the Terrapin Express Office by mail and online through Testudo Web services. A complete listing of participating locations is available online at www.dining.umd.edu/terrapin .

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