When money is a little tight, for college students, it’s even tighter. Sometimes forced to settle for cheap and convenient, those still following the undergraduate path often have to make the most of Ramen noodles or deal with fast food calories. However, college students need not settle for less when it comes to the things they eat. No longer do college students have to skip eating out or avoid healthy options due to limited funds! Raleigh and its surrounding areas offer plenty of excellent restaurants that not only cater to a smaller budget but also ensure the utmost quality in their food.

If you’re around the Glenwood South district of Raleigh, stop by Mellow Mushroom, MoJoe’s Burger Joint, or the newly opened Diner. All of these restaurants, though considered typical American grub, have gotten outstanding ratings from locals for everything from the acclaimed pizzas at Mellow Mushroom to the delicious burgers at MoJoe’s. Either way you go, all of these places are open for late- night eating, so if you are in the mood for something good but within budget in the wee hours these places have got you covered! The Diner is actually a 24/7 establishment!

Other great restaurants to try in the area are: East Village Grill on Hillsborough St., where they offer a $5 meal menu; the Raleigh Times in downtown Raleigh, which is a great place to grab a bite and then hang out for a drink; and of course the ever-so popular Sushi Blues that caters to the local college students with their half-off roll specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

So, college students, whatever food you are in the mood for, go out and get it. Don’t settle for bland or unsatisfying food ever again. Raleigh has plenty of places for you to go out and enjoy yourself and not feel guilty later! Bon appétit!

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