Yeah, the unlimited swipe plans are awful. Dining hall food is teh nasty compared to what's in the campus center and the Fresh and Easy Express. What does the apartment meal plan offer? Basically, dining dollars are awesome, and swipes are only awesome if most of your friends are freshmen. But seriously, if you want to eat healthy/not gain weight, get most of your food from Seeds, Lemonade, and Fresh and Easy. The first two are in the campus center and accept dining dollars but they also accept normal payment methods. The Fresh and Easy is located under Gateway apartments across the street from campus, on the nicer side. If you have the option of not having a meal plan, it might be better to just pay for your food as you go depending on what the apartment plan offers and how much you eat. Don't get any of the unlimited swipe plans if you're not required to. The food is better outside of the dining halls and you'll probably pay less on your own anyway. I'm going to be a sophomore in the fall living in an apartment that isn't USC owned, and I'm glad to not have to get a meal plan this time.