So mom is not around to cook and the residence hall food is getting old. Check the futon for some spare cash. There is no need to lose a parking spot because there are a number of restaurants within walking distance to suit any taste a freshman might have.
Chipotle might be one of the closest places for a burrito, especially if you live in Corbett, Parmelee, or Allison residence halls. The restaurant boasts sixteen ingredient choices per burrito, which comes to 65,535 possible combinations.
A burrito place unique to Northern Colorado can be found on College Avenue. Big City Burrito displays a small green and white awning and can typically be spotted with a line out the door.
Also at South College Avenue and East Laurel Street is College Cafe, a Chinese food destination. East Laurel Street houses Cold Stone Creamery as well, making it one of the closest ice cream parlors to the residence halls. At Cold Stone the customer can choose the flavor of ice cream and any candy, fruit or toppings they would like to add while seeing the concoction being made right in front of them.
For a taste of the Far East, Fort Collins offers Nimo's Sushi and Thai food can be found at the Teriyaki Wok.
If the eight-o'clock, downing-the-coffee-before class ritual is not sufficient, students can tame their breakfast craving with a trip to IHOP, located on College Avenue across the street from campus on the east side.
On those cold winter days, Spoons offers a hearty original recipe soup and salad meal.
For those on a tight budget, there are 99-cent items at Taco Bell, Wendy's and McDonalds located on West Elizabeth Street just west of South Shields Street.
"It's a lot of food for not much money," says Mike Meier, a sophomore animal science major at CSU, between bites as he enjoyed his Taco Bell.
Some nutritionists may discourage eating too much fast food, but for students, price often takes precedence over diet.
For the caffeine-addicted, coffee houses offer more than an ordinary cup of joe. At the Alley Cat, located on West Laurel Street across from campus, students can relax in the overstuffed furniture, while listening to live local music.
"People come here for the atmosphere; it is a very good hub for social activities and studying plus we have a solid product," said Elizabeth Gilbert, a junior English major at CSU, who is a barista at the Alley Cat.
Free wireless Internet connection is offered at both the Alley Cat and the Wired Bean, located at 1240 W. Elizabeth St.
For the hungry who are exhausted from schlepping boxes to their new rooms, delivery is a solution. Pizza from Blackjack, calzones from D.P. Dough, or sandwiches from Cheba Hut's Toasted Subs or Silver Mine Subs can be delivered until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.