Good food cheap! That’s a college student’s motto. Young men and woman adjusting to college life want to get the most for their money, so it’s no wonder that the best college restaurants have great food at even better prices. Next time you’re looking for a cheap dinner or a tasty drink, keep these places in mind!

Milkshake Factory

1705 East Carson Street; South Side
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 488-1808

The Milkshake Factory started out as a soda shop back in 1914. They now feature 55 flavors of milkshakes made with the same care to attention. Their wide variety of flavors range from traditional chocolate and vanilla to chocolate raspberry truffle and Cajun chocolate! Students get half-off milkshakes during happy hour — that’s every Wednesday from 4-6 pm.

Pizza Fiesta

219 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Poor college students rejoice! You can get a huge pizza for less than ten dollars. At Pizza Fiesta, the “College Special” gives you a large cheese pizza, 1 liter of Pepsi and a side of ranch for $9.49. You can also order online for free delivery. The restaurant first opened in 2005.

R&B’s Pizza

107 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Direct competition for Pizza Fiesta, R&B’s pizza offers a large cheese pizza and a 1 liter Pepsi product with a side of ranch for $9.62 after tax. The restaurant first opened downtown in 2000 and features traditional Italian-American cuisine on a college student’s budget!

Mexico City

409 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 246-2042

111 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412) 391-2591

Mexico City’s two downtown locations offer different options for students, both with the same great menus and drink specials. Happy hour is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and features great deals to fit anyone’s drink tastes.Students can get 10% off of their bill with their student ID.

Point Park University Starbucks

7 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Located on the first floor of Conestoga Hall, students can get a deal on some java for that late-night coffee break. Point Park students don’t pay tax on their orders. This on-campus Starbucks opened during the summer of 2007. Although it is owned by the university’s Food Services department, you can order everything you would find on a traditional Starbucks’ menu.