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Eating In

Students living at International House or The Axis are provided with kitchens for preparing their own meals at home. There are several options for students when it comes to grocery shopping. Fresh Grocer and Trader Joe’s are the two closest grocery stores to the English Language Center. There is also Peapod, an online service that has groceries delivered to your home.

Reading Terminal Market is another option for students who are looking to buy fresh produce and more international food items.

Eating Out

Dining On Campus

ELC students can take advantage of Drexel University’s meal plan options. A meal plan allows a student to use their Drexel ID to access the Handschumacher Dining Center and Urban Eatery. Each of these are located on Drexel’s campus, and are very convenient for students.

Most meal plan options come with “Dining Dollars,” tax free dollars that can be used for purchases at any of the on campus dining locations including: Handschumacher Dining Center, Starbucks, ThirtyOne41, Chick-fil-A, and Subway.

Click here for a full list of on campus dining locations.

Food Trucks

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to buy lunch is at one of the many food trucks located around the city, many on Drexel’s campus. These trucks offer an array of food, including vegetarian options, gourmet delights and ethnic choices from around the world.  Many of the food trucks on campus are located on 33rd St next to Buckley Field and on Ludlow St behind the Main Building.


There are hundreds of restaurants easily accessible from the Drexel University campus, including many that cater to specific dietary needs such as Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian, or Vegan.

There are also restaurants that offer food from all around the world. Many restaurants are located in specific neighborhoods, so don’t be afraid to get out and explore!

Ordering Out

Many Drexel students will order food to be delivered to their dorm rooms, especially late at night, or if they are busy with homework and studying. There are many ways to do this, but one of the easiest is to utilize a food delivery website or smartphone app (,,, etc.), which gives you access to many restaurants and menus in one place.

Philly Foods

Many food trucks and restaurants in Philadelphia offer foods that are uniquely Philadelphian. Some of these foods and terms include:

Philly Cheesesteak – a sandwich made with thinly sliced pieces of juicy steak and warm, melted cheese on a long roll. The Philly Cheesesteak is arguably the most famous of all the Philly foods, and with so many different types of cheese and other toppings to choose from, with a little patience and a lot of trial and error, you’re sure to find a combination that’s just right for you.

Water Ice – a smooth-tasting frozen dessert, usually fruit-flavored. Water ice is very popular in the warmer months, and is a great alternative to ice cream when it’s hot outside. When not in Philadelphia, this dessert is called “Italian Ice.”

Hoagies – also called a sub, grinder, hero, or Italian sandwich, hoagies are one of the greatest features of Philadelphia food because they are completely customizable! There are lots of places that specialize in hoagies, and you’re bound to find your favorite quickly.

Soft Pretzels – most people think New York City when they think about big, soft pretzels, but Philadelphia’s version of this salty treat is unique because of its different shape. Rather than the usual rounded version, Philadelphia pretzels tend to be more rectangular and squared off.