Prospective Students

Let us introduce you to Dining at Maryland!

Welcome to University of Maryland Dining Services! We operate the three dining halls on campus, where you will find a huge variety of healthy and delicious food. We also operate cafés, shops, campus athletic concessions, and other locations. Read on to learn all about dining options and what we have to offer.

Resident Plans

If you’re living on campus in a traditional residence hall this year, you will have a resident dining plan. All resident dining plans include Anytime Dining access which allows you to visit any dining hall, any time we are open, any number of times, any day of the week. You can eat any amount of anything you want while you are there. No limits, no fine print! For up to 17 hours a day, dining halls welcome students to eat in.

We strongly recommend the upgraded plans because they include Dining Dollars. Dining Dollars enable you to get fresh carryout from cafés and shops on days when you can’t — or prefer not to — eat in a dining hall. Dining Dollars are great for dorm room snacks and supplies. Read up on resident dining plans, or keep reading to learn more about Dining Dollars.

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are held in a debit account attached to your UMD ID card. They can be spent at convenience shops, cafés, and some franchise locations on campus. When you want to grab a snack outside the dining halls, or if there’s a time your schedule doesn’t allow you to get to a dining hall, Dining Dollars are a great way to get a meal on the go and save some money! Dining halls do not offer carry-out, so Dining Dollars are the best option for packing a lunch or stocking up on snacks. Dining Dollars are included with upgraded resident plans and can be bought separately in bundles. When you purchase Dining Dollars, you get a discount and when you use them, you don’t pay sales tax.

Dining Dollars can be purchased with or without a Resident Dining Plan. They are a great way to get food on campus. Find out how to buy Dining Dollars and where to spend them!

Optional Plans

If you don’t have a resident dining plan but you still want a reliable option for great food while you are here, we have some great plans for you! You can purchase an Anytime Dining plan, or one of four Connector plans, providing you a set number of dining hall meals per semester. Read more about optional plans.

Locations and Hours

There are many places to eat on campus, whether you want a quick snack or a full meal! These spots include the dining halls, which serve a variety of healthy and delicious food; convenience shops, where you can find school supplies and dorm snacks; cafes, for a quick bite or a cup of coffee on the way to class; and two food courts, where you’ll find familiar fast-food joints like Subway and Chick-fil-a. See all of our locations and hours.

Dietary Accommodations

Our team can help you manage food allergies or intolerances. We serve plenty of food that is suitable for you to eat, and we encourage you to make an appointment with our nutrition team to discuss which menu items fit your needs or to arrange custom accommodations.

We can satisfy many non-medical dietary preferences as well; dining halls, cafés and convenience shops have substantial halal, vegetarian and vegan offerings.

Contact our nutrition team at nutrition@dining.umd.edu.

If you maintain a kosher diet, contact the Maryland Hillel Center for information about their kosher dining plan.

Any other questions?

Check out our FAQ page, contact us at 301-314-8068, email diningplans@umd.edu or visit our office in the South Campus Dining Hall (come halfway down the outside stairway on the west side of the building and in through the glass doors). We’re in room 1109, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We look forward to seeing you at our table!