Cheap Alternative Cuisines for the Average “Broke College Kid”


Have you ever been in class and your stomach started rumbling? You then proceed to the cafeteria and the lines are too long or you don’t want to pay for the buffet? Then here is list of food places you can visit near the campus! From cheapest deals to more pricey meals! Not to mention food places where you can got food to take to your dorm and prepare, or on-the-go snacks for your next class!

To start this list off, we can provide places for the average “broke” college student. Beginning from the nearest places off campus, right by Nold Athletic Complex, you would be able to spot a 7/11. Whether it’d be a quick Ramen Noodles or a pre-prepared sandwich, all, if not most, products in the 7/11 are very cheap and reasonable for an average college student.

Toward the other entrance of Farmingdale State College, the various fast food chains are inexpensive and definitely would not “break your bank.” To start things off, right across from the entrance is a Hooters. Though they are famous for their waitresses, Hooters provides tasty food such as chicken wings of various flavors, as well as curly fries, burgers, quesadillas and more! Special promotions are offered on certain days, so catch the days and eat for a better price!

To the right of Hooters, from the Farmingdale entrance/exit, the first food spot is the Adventureland Restaurant. This restaurant, despite the name, offers very inexpensive meals that are just as tasty as the other places mentioned on this list. They offer the same foods you would expect at amusement parks, and after your meal catch a ride at the amusement park attractions!

Right next to Adventureland is Wendy’s! Wendy’s, if you are not familiar with it, it is very famous for its fast service and burgers, chicken, fries and more. A major deal you can get is the Wendy’s 4 for 4! This deal offers a burger of your choice, fries, 4-piece chicken nuggets and a small drink, for, you guessed it, only $4! If you want to get more for your buck, you are able to upgrade it to a medium or a large as well.

Ever feeling tired and drowsy in the morning or throughout the day and you just want to have a boost of energy? Dunkin’ Donuts is located right next to the Wendy’s. Dunkin’ Donuts offers various drinks – coffee, smoothies, and lattes – and snacks such as croissants. Dunkin’ Donuts is a fast food chain which also offers inexpensive catering. Much like Dunkin’ Donuts, you are able to spot a Starbucks Coffee on campus, at Greenley Library.

As you go further down to the right you will stumble upon Burger King and Taco Bell. Burger King is a fast food chain that offers Farmingdale discounts! If you get a king meal deal, it would come with two burgers of your choosing, fries and a drink! Plus, they offer 10-piece chicken nuggets for only $1! With the discount the total would come out to $3 and some change. Talk about a deal!

Right next to Burger King is Taco Bell. Taco Bell offers American-Mexican style dishes for an unbelievable low price as well. As you explore further down Broadhollow Road past the Farmingdale State College aviation center, you will find an area with a collective group of fast foods. In this space you will find Panera Bread, Halal Guys, Starbucks and Chipotle.

Similar to Chipotle, another American-Mexican fusion place that offers a discount for Farmingdale students is a fast-food place called Moe’s Southwest Grill. Moe’s is probably one of the most different cuisines on the list, although it is similar to Chipotle. Moe’s has a unique taste that for the price will have your mouth watering! Next to Moe’s you can also find KFC, Long John Silver’s and Subway. If fast foods are not your scene, Target and Walmart are great places to shop for fresh produce and fresh foods that you can store and prepare yourselves. This option will for sure last you a longer period of time!

The food locations around Farmingdale are so convenient for the average “broke” college kid. Whether it is for killing time or grabbing a bite with friends, consuming great meals for an even better price is one of the great things I love about the location of our College. You would never have to worry about “breaking the bank” while eating great quality meals. Finding a food spot to eat should never be hard around Farmingdale, but deciding on where you would eat is difficult considering all the options!