Once you're unpacked, it's a good time to finish things like getting your phone or internet connected, getting financial aid in order, getting a parking permit, buying books, participating in Welcome Weekend activities or Residential Life programs, getting to know your roommate(s), attending your first floor meeting, and getting some rest before classes start.
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The Temple experience begins with the student's decision to join the Temple community and continues beyond graduation. Welcome Week provides a great experience for our students, encouraging each to build and sustain enduring relationships with friends, faculty and administration while supporting their growth into successful alumni and active members of society.
Learn more by visiting the Welcome Week website. Check out the Welcome Week web site throughout the summer to find updates on the schedule of events. Here are just a few of the events you won't want to miss.
During Move-In, the Louis J. Esposito dining center will be open for new students.
We have three dining centers on Main Campus. The Louis J. Esposito Dining Center is located in Johnson and Hardwick halls, the Valaida S. Walker Dining Court located in the Howard Gittis Student Center, and the new Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Residential and Dining Complex is our newest addition, opening in Fall 2013. The Esposito Dining Center serves all-you-care-to-eat options, while the Walker Dining Court and dining facility in the Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Residential and Dining Complex serves food a la carte with a meal equivalency. We also have locations spread across campus in many of the academic buildings that accept meal plans for extra convenience to the students. For more information on locations and hours go to TUdining.com.
Guests in the Dining Centers
Tthe dining centers are open to family members of new students for move-in. Students can always bring guests to any dining center, but they must pay for meals, unless the resident has a Premium Meal Plan or have added a Guest Meal Plan to their account. Guest Meals can be added at any time online with the MyHousing system, or at the Office of University Housing and Residential Life. For a full listing of Meal Plans go to Tudining.com/Plans.
Each residence hall has a mailroom at which students may receive letters and packages. You should receive either a key or a combination to your assigned mailbox during check-in. Larger packages are delivered and can be picked up at each residence hall's front office. It is important that the room or apartment number is included on all letters and packages.
On Main Campus, there is a UPS Store in the lower level of the Student Center where you can buy stamps and send express mail and regular packages. Mailing supplies can also be purchased in the adjoining bookstore.
To send mail or a package ahead of time, please visit Mail Services section to get mailing addresses for on-campus residents to ensure proper delivery of mail or packages.
There are many ways to go about buying books, but remember to budget wisely. Books can be expensive, and you should expect to spend between $300 and $500 per semester. Some students like to buy their books right away, so they can get better rates on used books. Some students prefer new books and buy them before classes start. Others will wait until classes actually meet before purchasing books so that they buy only the books they absolutely need. The University Bookstore has several locations throughout Temple University's campuses. The bookstore accepts Diamond Dollars, which is a convenient way to purchase books.
Information on the Diamond Dollars program is sent to students in July. Diamond Dollars is a debit system that uses your OWLcard almost anywhere on campus (including in washers and dryers) to access deposited funds. In case of a lost OWLcard, report it immediately to the office at 215-204-3140 or at www.temple.edu/diamonddollars, so the money can be frozen on the account until a new OWLcard can be activated for you.