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.