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Housing and Dining Services
John Niven, Director
Residence halls at the Main, Ambler, and Tyler School of Art campuses, as well as several leased, off-campus housing options provide an opportunity for students to extend their learning experiences beyond the classroom, library, and laboratory. University Housing attempts to create group living environments in which each student is encouraged to develop as an individual in an atmosphere that promotes emotional, social, and intellectual development. In addition, University Housing is committed to creating community living environments that value and promote an appreciation for diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and people. Please check the Office of University Housing’s website, as well as Tyler and Ambler campus websites, for additional information on residential services available. In addition, also note that the newest University Housing facility, Strawbridges, welcomed 239 Main Campus upper-class and Transfer students when it opened in August 2004. The eight-story, residence unit is located in Center City at the corner of Filbert and 8th Streets. A 24-hour 7-day-a-week shuttle service will provide students with transportation to and from the Main Campus and Strawbridges. Featuring apartment-style accommodations, this facility provides students with a close community of Temple students and the benefits of independence that apartment-style living offers.
The Office of University Housing website also provides online resources to assist Temple University students in locating off-campus housing.
Dining and Food Services
On each of our campuses Temple University is pleased to offer students a multitude of dining options that are flexible and adaptable to a student’s schedule and eating habits. A full-service Dining Center is located at the Main, Ambler, and Tyler campuses. The expanded Food Court, located in the Student Center on the Main Campus, offers students dining options from Burger King to Taco Bell to Freshens Smoothies, as well as world tour of tastes at the International Emporium, to name just a few. Additionally, a number of Independent Eating Establishments are located throughout the Main Campus, many of which accept Diamond Dollars.
Temple Dining Services Meal Plan Packages:
Many of the plan options offered to students are combined packages that include a specific number of meals per week in addition to a set amount of Diamond Dollars. These meal plan packages allow students to dine in Dining Centers and the food courts and to purchase items from vending machines, convenience stores in the residence halls, and other eateries across Temple’s campuses. All of the meal plan packages include a University debit program that allows students to utilize their University I.D. cards as a debit card. Diamond Dollars provide students with a method to purchase food at all Temple Dining Services locations and several independent eating establishments without having to carry cash. Diamond Dollars are purchased in advance and credited to students’ accounts. Students may add additional Diamond Dollars at any time during the school year. Students can always access their r accounts through the Diamond Dollars website to check your balance or even see where you have been spending your Diamond Dollars. Every time a purchase is made with Diamond Dollars, the cashier can state how much money is remaining on an account. Check http://www.temple.edu/housing/services/DiningServices.htm for detailed information.
Dining on the Ambler and Tyler Campuses:
The Ambler Dining Center and the Tyler Dining Center are “all-you-can-eat” facilities offering a large variety of meal choices seven days a week. The Dining Centers offer continuous service from Monday through Friday for breakfast through the “Fourth Meal” ending at midnight. Students from Ambler or Tyler may use their meal plan for a meal equivalency at any Dining Center and the new Student Center Food Court.
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