Campus Dining

Memphis, TN
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It is typical college food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Being a small school, Rhodes College has only two dining options. While I enjoy them they easily get redundant. However, I am thankful for the attitudes of the workers which often make my dining experience pleasant!

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Absolutely blows. The cafeteria is known for multiple health code violations. I've stumbled upon completely raw chicken one too many times....look off campus. The lair isn't any better either, the food isn't kept clean or away from contamination. Nasty nasty nasty

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are two places to eat on campus: the Rat and the Lair. The Rat is a buffet and the Lair is a place where you can chose from one of the following options: burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, or baked potatoes. The quality of food at the Lair is pretty good, but the majority of the options are unhealthy. The Rat can either be really good or really bad, just depending on the day. Some days, there will be plenty of options and others, the choices will be very limited and not good at all. It is pretty easy to eat healthy at the Rat (if you have some self control and don't go near the desserts ;) ). The school also awards you $100 each semester that can be used at the Starbucks on campus or at the Lair to purchase extra food that is not covered by the meal plan.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The Rat is a nice space but does not offer a lot of options that appeal to me. I tend to cook my own food.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 995th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 1130th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1145th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 1271st
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1299th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Birmingham, Alabama
Grad Year
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In the past, campus dining has been one of the biggest complaints from Rhodes students; however, many are now admitting that it's getting better. The Rat and the Lair are the places to go when you want food, and each student seems to have a preference between the two. The Rat is an "all-you-can-eat" place that gets better every day. Students used to complain about the lack of variety and healthy options, but then, practically overnight, the staff started making better-tasting food, and now it's surpassing the Lair as "favorite eatery." The Lair, while reliably delicious, can also get monotonous, and the often high-priced meals don't always fit into the meal plan.

Meal plans are required if you live on campus, and the cheapest plan includes 15 meals each week (unless you live in the EV apartments). Unless you are an athlete, you should heavily consider starting off with the smaller meal plan because it's surprisingly difficult to make the most of your meal plan, and you don't want to waste your money. There's also a Starbucks in the Middle Ground, so you can get your coffee fix before your 8 a.m. class and throughout the day. Many students do wish that there were more late-night options, though. Everything closes at 11 p.m., so be prepared for many late-night Taco Bell runs.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Catherine Burrow Refectory (The Rat)
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Waffles at the Rat are a MUST. They have chocolate chips!
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Wraps at the Lair are pretty popular, but everyone also loves "Chicken Parm Night" at the Rat.
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Ice cream from the Lair
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • Like fried chicken? "Fried Chicken Fridays" at the Rat are something Rhodes students love.
  • It used to be that most students preferred the Lair and absolutely hated the Rat; however, in Spring 2011, the Rat suddenly turned itself around and started producing great options. Now it's becoming a much more popular place to grab lunch before class.
  • If you want food late at night, you'll be hard-pressed to find any on campus unless you raid your suitemates' room or hit up a snack machine. Nothing on campus is open after 11 p.m. The Lair has good snacks if you make it over in time, though.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Catherine Burrow Refectory (The Rat)
Location: West side of campus
Food: All-you-can-eat, American, ethnic specialties, frozen yogurt, healthy, Mongolian, pizza, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Lynx Lair Pub (The Lair)
Location: Bryan Campus Life Center
Food: Burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches, sushi, wraps
Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Middle Ground Starbucks
Location: Barret Library
Food: Coffee, cookies, gourmet sandwiches, juice, smoothies, specialty salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options



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