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.