Campus Dining

Location
Portland, OR
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1,395
Tuition
$44,460
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Pretty decent for college food – "Commons," as the dining hall is called, has a decent variety and tends to be better than most college cafeterias IMO. They have the basics (sandwiches, burgers, pizza, salad bar) as well as some healthier options and try to source local and organic ingredients. Prices are kinda high but you can still get something for under $2.50 (soup, salad, PBJ, or rice and beans). Of course if you eat at the same place every day for 1+ years, the food and selection gets kind of old.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Commons is basically the only place for campus dining. Because Bon Appatite has a monopoly on food on campus, food prices are a bit high. The quality can be pretty good, but in general it is so-so. Local ingredients are used, but it often seems like they are turned into salty mush. At almost every meal there are around 7 options in Commons, so usually you can find something that's appetizing to you. On weekends, however, Commons sucks. There are kitchens in many of the dorms, but you still have to buy a board plan if you're living on-campus

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Commons Is Probably a More Sensible Meal Plan Than Most Colleges Offer – Food at commons is bought locally, raised by organic farmers, tastes quite good, and is vegetarian-friendly. The primary negatives would be short hours on the weekends (10:00am-2:30pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm) and the high cost of the food.

All on-campus students are required to be on a meal plan; however, the meal plan is based on a point system. Since we have a finite number of points, we're limited in how careless we can be with our purchases. This is beneficial in terms of the environmental impact and also teaches us to monitor the cost of our food, but of course it would be easier if we could take however much we want.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Really Good, for a College Cafeteria – lots of local produce. not great, but better than anywhere else.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We've only got the one Cafeteria: Commons. About everything you would want to know about it is evident from its name: common food. This place has the typical foods, and follows a pretty predictable schedule. It's not fantastic, and "Daily Planet" (i.e. Foreign Dishes i.e. protein + raisins + celery = Foreign) is usually rather silly, but almost everyone can find something they like to eat. I have to admit, I turned somewhat vegetarian because of Commons, and the only predictably good meal being from the pasta and salad bars, but it has been nothing but good for my personal health! And though there's only the one cafeteria, there are also smaller little places, specifically Cafe Paradiso (where you can spend Board Points to buy small pizzas, coffees, smoothies, gelato, etc.), the Paradox, and the New Dox, where one can also go for different meals; however Commons is the major meeting place for one's major meals, and Bon Apetit is not one of the most stellar food providers.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 177th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 195th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 324th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 337th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 436th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ben DuPree
Hometown
Los Angeles, Calif.
Major
English
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Unlike most institutions of higher education, Reed offers only one centralized dining hall for students choosing to dine on campus. However, while most students agree that on-campus college food usually lacks in comparison to what you could cook for yourself in a private apartment, Reed students seem to appreciate what their campus dining experience has to offer. Although small in size, the Reed Commons takes into account the diverse population of Reed, and accordingly offers a wide variety of dining options. With numerous vegan and vegetarian options alongside the traditional fare, Reed's dining hall accounts for the nutritional needs of its school's student body while serving food that students find reasonably appealing. Furthermore, Reed students enjoy the flexibility of Reed's sole dining hall, which has a pay-as-you-dine system. You pay for each single item you purchase, instead of paying for a specific amount of individual meals. By not having students pay for meals as a whole, Reed's Commons allows students to satiate their hunger in any manner at virtually any time.

However fun it may be to dine on campus, the experience becomes rather tedious if done repeatedly. Although Reed's Commons presents diverse options to the Reed student body, students do become weary of seeing the same 10 to 20 specials repeated ad nauseum. While most students do dislike the repetition and atmosphere of on-campus dining in some respects, many busy students do enjoy not having to spend their free time buying and preparing food. However, most on-campus students secretly wait in rapt attention for their few daily trips to Reed's dining hall, as they consider them temporary reprieves from studying. It seems that, for the most part, Reed students relish the chance to escape from their books and see friendly faces.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5890 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Commons Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Bagels
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • French fries
  • Gelato
Student Favorites
Paradox Coffeehouse in the Student Union.
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Special Options
You can use a bookstore account to buy food at the bookstore’s convenience store, Homer’s Hut, until 3 a.m.
Did You Know?
  • Bon Appètit, a major college caterer, provides for Reed's on-campus dining. Despite the traditional gripes, Bon Appetit does provide tasty food with the ease and accessibility that one would expect of on-campus dining.
  • After Commons, no other dining halls or places to use meal points exist. You cannot use your points at the coffee shops or bookstore.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Caffé Paradiso
Location: Aspen building
Food: Gelato
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Commons Café
Location: Gray Campus Center, upper level
Food: Cafeteria-style, Paradox Coffeehouse
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Student Polls

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  • Late-night options
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  • Variety/number of options
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