From regional to international specialties, Franklin’s dining halls serve a variety of options that can satisfy any appetite. In addition to preparing fresh and tasty food for students, the dining halls provide gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian alternatives. For students with allergies, simply double check with the food services staff that the food is safe for you to eat. The dining halls accept cash and credit cards, but ultimately the Falcon Card is the best way to ensure both convenience and lower costs for students dining on-campus.

The Grotto

Grotto Hours (Spring 2023):

Monday through Friday: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm

Note: Between May 8 and May 15, the Grotto will be open until 9:30 pm (but the kitchen will be open until 8:30 pm).

The Grotto, Franklin University Switzerland “grab and go” eatery, located on the Kaletsch Campus is a place to rejuvenate in a relaxing laid-back atmosphere. At the Grotto, you can purchase coffee, drinks, snacks and a wide variety of other food items, including burgers, veggie burgers, salads, pastas, nachos, and a daily meal plan special.

The Grotto is also available for special programming and evening events as requested and scheduled by student clubs. The Grotto offers staging, lighting and sound systems to accommodate dances, karaoke, game nights, and any other events organized by members of the Franklin Community.

The North Campus Dining Hall

North Campus Dining Hall Hours (Spring 2023):

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8.00 am to 3:00 pm (kitchen closes at 2:45 pm)
Wednesday: 11.00 am to 3:00 pm (kitchen closes at 2:45 pm)
Friday: 8.00 am to 3:00 pm (kitchen closes at 2:45 pm) / 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 am to 8:30 pm

Note: An American-style breakfast is served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

The North Campus Dining Hall is a cafeteria-style dining room offering a wide variety of local and international cuisine. All food that is served in the North Campus Dining Hall is freshly prepared every day. This dining hall offers American breakfast on weekday mornings, including scrambled eggs, bacon, waffles, cereal, bagels, and fresh fruit. Lunch menus include a soup of the day, salad bar options, and entrees including pasta and other grains, meats or fish, and vegetables. It is a great place to meet between classes on the North Campus, whether to study with friends or just grab a quick coffee on the go.

For more information about meal plan options, please see the Meal Plans section of Tuition Payment and Policies. To pay by credit card, please see Online Payments.


Living in the residence halls at Franklin University Switzerland campus is an important part of the educational experience. It is a great opportunity to make your first friends on campus and adjust to living alone. Most of the rooms have kitchenettes or a common kitchen shared among all residents of the residence hall. Each apartment has at least one bathroom that is shared by students and their roommates. It is our expectation that students take responsibility for their own living space and ensure it is clean and well-maintained. 

There are eight residence halls at Franklin, and each one has a trained Resident Assistant. The RA is a resource for all members of the community and helps build community and engage with residents. They each have a first-aid kit and toolbox, and they are trained to handle many of the situations students may encounter living on campus. There are two RAs on duty every night. During their duty shifts, also known as ‘rounds’, the RAs walk through each residence hall to ensure things are safe and sound. In addition, RAs organize events and activities to help students engage with the community on campus and nearby. They strive to help students have a great experience and are truly essential parts of life at Franklin. 

Of course, it’s important to respect your neighbors, and all residential students must read and sign the Housing Agreement each year and follow the Code of Conduct and all policies outlined in the Student Handbook. The rules are there so everyone can focus on their studies and do their best in classes. Furthermore, Franklin strives to respect the local community’s rules and norms, and we expect students to be good neighbors to people in the greater community too.

No matter which type of room and residence you live in, you will see that Franklin’s residences are the perfect environment for writing your own story.



Franklin University Switzerland provides a cross-cultural and multinational environment that inspires students to engage the world. We invest in our campuses to ensure that our staff and students can work in an environment that inspires them to excel.

Most of the students at FUS live in the residence halls. Choosing to live on campus can ease the transition to college life. Living in the student residences means you will be closer to the campus community and have more opportunities to join clubs, attend university events, meet new people and develop friendships.

Students enjoy an extensive variety of wholesome delicious food choices in pleasant, comfortable, and conveniently located dining halls. In addition to eating at the Franklin dining halls, students have many options in Lugano and nearby Italy.