Provo may not be a well-known travel destination to those who aren't familiar with Brigham Young University (BYU). It's biggest draw (besides education) are the Cougars. However, once people make the drive to Provo and experience the quiet beauty, majestic mountains, and unlimited outdoor activities, it becomes a destination for more than education and and sports.
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An hour due south of Indianapolis lies Bloomington, an idyllic hamlet interspersed with rolling hills, limestone quarries, and Indiana University. Though IU's stamp is all over the city, Bloomington (like Ann Arbor in Michigan) is no mere college town. There's more than corn in Indiana, and from burgers and pizza to craft breweries and Tibetan food, there's no shortage of great dining options in Bloomington for both IU students and "townies" alike.
Syracuse has much more to offer than basketball and blizzards. It's the home of some truly wonderful food, too, much of it right at the fingertips of SU students living on or near University Hill. No, the home of Otto the Orange isn't the culinary wasteland you might expect from a city that gives the north of Westeros a run for its money in the bad weather department, so abandon the notion that you need dreadful dining halls or Domino's delivery, and it's not just Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
Our College Tour series continues with Northwestern University. With a main campus in Evanston and a downtown campus in Streeterville, there are loads of options.
Hanover will never be a culinary mecca, but that doesn't mean the students of Dartmouth College don't have a few places to turn for a good burger or a hearty breakfast. Take our food tour of Hanover to get a look at the best options nearby.
New to Fordham University? Take a look at our guide on where to eat both near campus and all around the Bronx.
As part of Oregon Month, we bring you another college eating guide, this one for Reed. The 1,400 or so Reed students living in Portland have some interesting choices once they get off their lovely campus.
Portland State University, aka PSU, is located in downtown Portland, though it does manage to have a campus vibe. It's also home to the best farmers' market in Portland, which sits in the middle of the campus on Saturdays. Here are some picks for the best bites near campus!
It's been awhile since I graduated from NCSU. Longer than I care to admit. And in the time since I left the Triangle and returned earlier this year, Raleigh has done a lot of growing up. Here are some great spots near campus.
Fall is in the air in Chapel Hill. This means that everywhere, locals are readying themselves for Festifall, college football, and, of course, the annual return of 30,000 hungry UNC students. Here's a rundown of the best places to eat on Franklin Street and beyond.
Durham sometimes gets a bad rap. But you, Duke students, were not fooled and chose to attend school in the culinary core of the Triangle. Here are some of the places that you should make sure to check out before you four years are up.
U of C first years, welcome to Hyde Park, one of the coolest, most interesting neighborhoods in the Midwest—and not just because it's the president's home town.
Rice is situated near the heart of Houston, which boasts some of the best and most diverse eating options in the country. Chinese, Cuban, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese eateries are represented, and often more than one of each, plus there are several cafés including a dedicated crêperie.
It's easy to stick to the cobblestone-lined Georgetown bubble while in school here, but then you'd be missing out on so much of what D.C. has to offer. Here are some picks for the Hilltop and beyond.
Yes, Ithaca is "gorges" and Andy from The Office went to Cornell. Clichés aside, Ithaca is a phenomenal city to spend four years in and an even better place if you love food. Surrounded by farms, wineries, distilleries and breweries, Ithaca is pretty much a food-obsessed college goer's dream.
Full of tiger blood and feeling the hunger? Check out these classic and new favorites near The University of Memphis.
Philadelphia as a whole is a culinary playground worth exploring, but West Philly has plenty of gems to keep you busy (just a short walk from campus). And getting out into West Philly was easily one of the best things I did while in school. Of course, Penn has no shortage of way satisfying late-night greasy spoon spots, which are equally important. Here's a look at my favorites.
Berkeley, California is a fantastic place to fall in love with food. I should know—over five years of study at the University of California, I left the collegiate confines of canned chili, terrible pizza, and too many trips to the "Asian Ghetto" for the greener pastures of one of the best food towns in the state.
New Orleans is an incredible education in eating for out-of-state college students. Upscale yet approachable restaurants school guileless youths in fine dining, but this is ultimately a casual eating town where oysters on the half shell and crawfish are washed down with a cold Abita beer. There's constant exposure to Louisiana specialties like boiled crab, boudin, and even alligator. Surviving multiple Mardi Gras celebrations will give you the skills to handle absolutely any type of future partying situation.
When I moved to into a Mattress Factory loft in Bedford Stuyvesant, the food options looked bleak. But it was close to campus and the view was phenomenal. It didn't take long to discover I was on the edge of the blooming culinary scene surrounding Pratt. Pratt students are surrounded by affordable, delicious food options, with many more just a G Train ride away.