Alternative cheap options for off-campus student dining

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It’s five weeks into the semester, and most of us are tired of on campus food and spending too much money elsewhere. Since the food options don’t change often, it’s easy to get caught in the same routine of getting the exact meal multiple times. Ryan Uria, a freshman undeclared major, says that when the Boise River Cafe fails to bring new options each week he ends up eating “a spinach salad with grilled chicken.” Uria even said that he has had this meal “20 plus times in just one week, due to repetitive choices.” For some students it’s frustrating to eat the same meals, after a long day. Luckily, there are numerous places to eat in the area that cater to Boise State Students, mostly in the wallet area.

Pie Hole’s downtown location on 8th St. Photo by Taylor Humby.

Pie Hole

Pie Hole’s downtown location offers their happy hour Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., where students can get two slices of pizza for $3.50. They also offer the ‘S3’ deal year-round, which includes a soda, salad and slice for $6.66. The Pie Hole on Broadway offers “Student Day” on Tuesday and Thursday, where students can buy two slices of pizza and get a free drink. For these reasons, Pie Hole is the go-to pizza place for many Boise State students.


Buffalo Wild Wings

On Tuesdays buffalo Wild Wings offer 45 cents per bone in wing and buy-one-get-one-free boneless. On Thursdays, they offer 60 cents per boneless wing. This is a fun place for students to go with a big group of friends and enjoy some good food and loud television entertainment. Buffalo Wild Wings is located in downtown Boise.

Papa John’s is located on campus in the Interactive Learning Center.

Papa John’s

While Papa John’s doesn’t explicitly offer student discounts, many students come into spend credits from an app called Pocket Points. If students stay off their phones while in class they can earn discounts at numerous food and clothing places. If students put their phones in their backpacks they could end up earning store credit all around Boise. According to the manager of Papa John’s Broadway location, students can earn up to 50% off their order, or even more depending on how long they stay off their phone.

 The Matador is located on 8th St. in Boise. Photo by Taylor Humby.

The Matador

The Matador is a local Mexican restaurant located in downtown Boise with a  happy hour that takes place every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Perfect for late night munchies and an empty wallet. The high-quality food and a warm environment make this a popular place among students.



Black Rock Coffee

Black Rock Coffee offers a 20 percent discount for Boise State Students on all coffee and snack needs. It is located on Broadway avenue, right near campus. This rustic coffee shop provides Boise State students with a great homework spot when the library is too crowded.


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