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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall, you can usually find edible food.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Commons is pretty good and swinging by Caffe Paradiso once in a while can prove to be rewarding when they have decent specials. Also, Paradiso has great ice-cream.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Really good food at best, and at worst very bland.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's repeditive and pretty gross sometimes. Breakfast is good, but everything is always over priced

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: On campus food is always super yummy even if the pricing in Commons can be steep.


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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
$6040 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Commons Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • French fries
  • Gelato
Student Favorites
Paradox Coffeehouse in the Student Union.
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
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

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 31% Commons
  • 23% Cafe Paradiso
  • 18% Homer's Hut/ Jabba The Hutt/ Bookstore
  • 15% Paradox
  • 10% 7/11
  • 3% Dorm kitchens
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