• As a member of the residential community, all students living in traditional campus housing purchase a Resident Seven-Day Dining Plan.
  • Every Resident Dining Plan is a Seven-Day Anytime Dining Plan. That’s right—Anytime! All Resident Dining Plans include unlimited access to campus dining halls.
  • Unlimited access means that you can come in to any dining hall, as often as you like, anytime we’re open, and eat anything we’re serving. That’s it.
  • Dining Dollars are part of the three upgraded resident plans. Dining Dollars are accepted in all Dining Services permanent locations for snack food, meals, room supplies – visit one of the campus convenience shops or stop by a cafe on campus in an academic building.
  • Every dining plan includes a specified number of guest passes per semester. These can be used to bring an occasional guest into the dining halls.
  • Carryout is not available from the dining halls. Fresh portable food is available from cafés and shops on campus.


  • Seven-Day Anytime Dining Plans include unlimited access to campus dining halls.
  • Come in anytime we’re open and eat anything we’re serving.
    • 251 North are open Sunday to Friday 11:00 am to 8:30 pm (no limit to 251 North access)
    • 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 until midnight Sunday to Thursday, and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday
  • Dining Dollars are included in upgraded resident plans, replacing and enhancing Terp Bucks. Dining Dollars are accepted in all Dining Services permanent locations including the Dining Services operated brand name locations in the Stamp and Martin Engineering. Chick fil-A, Taco Bell Express, Auntie Anne’s, Sbarro and Subway are part of the Dining Dollars family. For a complete list of dining locations accepting Dining Dollars, click here.
  • Every dining plan includes a specific number of guest passes per semester. 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, Dining Dollars, or Terrapin Express. You must be present when you use one of your Guest Passes or your Dining Dollars to bring a guest into the dining hall.
  • The door price is Breakfast: $7.95, Lunch $12.95, Dinner $15.95.
  • Anytime Dining Members enter the dining halls using touchless biometric technology; enroll during Orientation. Come in any day, any number or times — and enjoy anything we are serving. To enroll your unique access code, wave your hand over the reader, scanning four finger measurements at one time. The reader automatically converts the image into a hexadecimal numeral that connects to your dining plan. Prints are not stored, and the data cannot be used to reverse engineer your print.
  • All dining locations, including dining halls, are open to visitors. We accept cash and credit cards at all locations.
  • Dining plan membership includes certain rights and responsibilities. Please familiarize yourself with these basic obligations.



Upgrade your Fall 2016 Seven-Day Anytime Dining Plan to a Plus, Preferred or Premium plan!

Each of these three upgraded plans included discounted Dining Dollars to use in Dining Services  cafés and shops.

The upgrade plans also include additional dining hall guest passes for you to bring guests into your campus dining hall.


Anytime Dining Dining Dollars Guest Passes Semester Price Price above
Base Plan
Premium Seven-Day
Unlimited Access
400 8 $2,567 +$340 15% DD savings
+6 add’l Guest Passes
Preferred Seven-Day
Unlimited Access
300 6 $2,491 +$264 12% DD savings
+4 add’l Guest Passes
Base Plus Seven-Day
Unlimited Access
200 4 $2,407 +$180 10% DD savings
+2 add’l Guest Passes
Base Seven-Day
Unlimited Access
2 $2,227

Reflects Fall 2016 returning student pricing.

View Locations & Hours here and Menus here.


Our team is well-trained in helping you to manage your allergy, intolerance or dietary preferences.

We will work with you to identify and select appropriate food from our menus.

Contact us at for menu guidance and feel free to reach out to us before you arrive on campus.


Students who maintain a kosher diet should contact the Maryland Hillel Center for information about the Platinum Kosher Dining Plan.

The Platinum Kosher Dining Plan may be substituted for the Fall 2016 Seven-Day Anytime Dining Plan.


The Dining Services Office is located in the South Campus Dining Hall Building – use the entrance on the west side of the building, half-way down the outside stairwell. Come in through the glass doors to room 1109.

We’re open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and our team is ready to assist you by answering balance inquiries and other financial questions about your Fall 2016 Seven-Day Anytime Dining Plan or adding a Terrapin Express spending account to your UMD ID card.

DINING PLAN CALENDAR (subject to change)

Anytime dining plans start Saturday, August 27 @ 11am
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Last day to change a dining plan Friday, September 16
South Campus and The Diner close for Thanksgiving Tuesday, November 22, 3:00 pm
South Campus and The Diner open after Thanksgiving   Sunday, November 27, 4:00 pm
Last day of classes Friday, December 12
Resident Dining Plans end Monday, December 19



Why would I want to buy an upgraded (larger) dining plan?

While we will do everything we can to make the dining hall experience truly exceptional and hope that the dining halls become your home-away-from-home, we suspect that you’ll want to eat lunch in one of the Cafes on Campus, to get supplies for you room from the Shops at Maryland and have a little Chick fil-A once in a while. When you purchase an upgraded plan, you get Dining Dollars at a discount – and when you use Dining Dollars, the sale is tax free. All in all, Dining Dollars are a pretty good deal for campus residents. You can use Dining Dollars in 13 cafes, 5 convenience shops, 2 restaurants and 7 brand name locations in the Stamp and in Martin Engineering.

How and when can I change my dining plan?

Dining plans may be changed through the third week of classes each semester. changes are made using Online Services or in person at the Dining Plan Office in the South Campus Dining Hall. We will need your name, UMD ID number, and name of dining plan you want.

Why not a plans with a certain number of meal swipes per week (like 10, 15, or 19 swipes per week)? This would provide flexibility for light eaters and apartment dwellers.

Our consultants told us that counting swipes has two negative results. First, when you count swipes, you tend to want to get full value from each swipe. This can encourage binge eating, and unhealthy eating. Second, we are creating the feeling of community; we don’t want to be transactional. We are inviting students into the dining halls whenever they are hungry to eat whatever they would like.

When will my Dining Dollars balance be available online?

View your current semester dining dollars balance online. If you’ve purchased a plan for an upcoming academic semester, about two weeks before classes start you can verify that you have purchased a plan. As soon as your dining plan is live, your dining dollars will appear.

Who is required to have a dining plan?

Students living in traditional housing (in an on-campus room without a private kitchen) are required to have a dining plan. The determining factor is on-campus residence type: not academic program, class standing, proximity to permanent residence, dietary preferences, or any other circumstance.

I don’t live in traditional housing, is there a dining plan for me?

Students who do not live in traditional on campus housing are not required to purchase a dining plan. These students can purchase a seven-day anytime dining plan, a five-day anytime dining plan, or blocks of Dining Dollars at an 11% discount (5% discount upon purchase and no sales tax when used (6%).

Why is a dining plan required?

Traditional halls and suites do not have the equipment required for students to cook their own meals, remove the food waste, or maintain sanitary conditions. There is equipment for occasional cooking but not enough for routine use. Students who reside in traditional halls or suites as defined by the Department of Resident Life are required to have a resident dining plan.

What are the exceptions to this policy?

The primary exception is release from the traditional residence hall contract (either moving to a resident apartment or complete cancellation of the contract). Your key must be returned before Resident Life will cancel your housing contract. You then bring your receipt of housing contract cancellation to the Dining Plan Office in the South Campus Dining Hall in order to cancel your dining plan.

On rare occasions, an exemption is made for medical or religious reasons. In either case, you meet with a Dining Services representative to discuss your request. Any adjustment will be made based on the recommendation of the Dining Services representative.

What if I want to be exempted for a different reason?

You meet with the Dining Services representative. Bring documentation to this meeting. Most times, we discover that the dining plans can satisfy the student’s dietary needs. A Dining Services representative will take the time to understand your situation, research, and evaluate your request. We ask that requests be reasonable and have a sound basis.

How do I pay for my dining plan?

You will receive an invoice from the Bursar’s Office indicating the amount of room and board due. You can send your payment directly to the Bursar’s Office.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

Contact our nutritionist at 301-314-8058, or by email She can assist you in determining what food items do and do not meet your needs. If indicated, she can introduce you to the dining hall managers who will prepare special meals for you.

Each of the three dining halls offers students a variety of nutritious vegetarian meals and each features a dedicated vegan station. All of our cafes offer vegetarian and vegan items and the convenience shops carry vegetarian and vegan groceries.

A full kosher meal plan is offered through Hillel.

I want a kosher meal plan; how do I get one? Do I still have to buy a University dining plan?

New students who plan to live on-campus housing must select one of the Maryland dining plan options when they request housing. If you prefer a kosher meal plan, contact the Maryland Hillel Center and sign up for a Platinum Kosher Plan. Before the start of every semester, the Hillel sends us a list of students who have contracted for a Platinum Kosher Plan. As soon as we receive this information, we cancel the contracts and credit the accounts of students who are using the Hillel as their full-time dining room.

Will my kosher meal plan work outside of Hillel?

Kosher Meal Plans are only good at the Maryland Hillel Center.

Can I bring guests to the dining halls?

Yes, you may. Anytime Dining Plans include dining hall guest passes. If you have used all your guest passes, you or your guest can pay the door price.

Are there dining plans available during the winter or summer terms?

Presently, we recommend Terrapin Express for dining during winter and summer term.

What happens if I lose my UM ID card?

The quickest way to freeze any account is to go online and report your card lost or stolen. Replace your card by going to the Mitchell Building during business hours. Once replaced, please call our dining Plan Office to reactivate your dining plan account.

How do I order a cake from the Maryland Bakery?

Place your order for a decorated or gourmet bakery cake at one of nine campus locations: The South Commons Shop, The North Convenience Shop, The Union Shop, The 24 Shop, Rudy´s Café, Applause Café, E&M Café, Footnotes Café, and The Maryland Dairy. Fax order form and menu are available online through our Pick It Up at the Shops program.

What are Terrapin Treats?

Terrapin Treats are care packages assembled on campus and sent to you by someone who loves you. There are a variety of packages, including a Birthday Celebration Treat. Packages are delivered to the convenience shop nearest your residence hall, and you will be notified of its arrival.

What are the benefits of Terrapin Express account?

Terrapin Express is a wonderful alternative to carrying cash. Terrapin Express is easy to open, easy to increase, and easy to use. You can use Terrapin Express at dining and non-dining locations across campus, including WAM labs for pay for print and the Library to photocopy. The balance will stay active as long as the patron is part of the university.

How do I open and maintain a Terrapin Express account?

Open a Terrapin Express account and add money to it by calling or stopping by the Terrapin Express Office during business hours. You can use Terrapin Express at dining and non-dining locations across campus, including WAM labs for pay for print and the Library to photocopy.

How do I check my Terrapin Express balance?

There are three ways to check your balance: ask any Dining Services cashier for a receipt, call the Terrapin Express Office, or go to Check Your Balance on our website.

Can I transfer dining dollars to Terrapin Express?

Dining dollars may not be transferred to Terrapin Express.