As the semester winds to a close, many students with meal point plans are finding themselves in one of two situations: either they have an abundance of extra points or no points left at all. Those with extra points face the looming deadline to spend all points over the 100 point rollover limit before the end of the semester. On the other hand, students who are out of points face the dilemma of spending cash to buy every meal until the end of the semester or begging their parents to buy them more meals points.

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With tuition, housing, food, and overpriced movie tickets to pay for, we all consider ourselves poor college students. Every timeHow To - Be A Cheap Student we open our wallets, we’re faced with a gaping black hole – and we know better than to put any money in there since it’ll just get sucked back up. And unfortunately, we don’t have a source of unearned income like we did back home with the family. So how do you get around all of this?

Take advantage of those meal points! Since you studious people are in class for most of the day, chances are that you skip a few meals during the week. Under one of the regular meal plans, you can usually have two meals in the dining hall every day, so if you eat less than that, then you should have a few to spare every now and then. You may think that the Bear Market or the RSF’s refueling station are overpriced, but it’s a great way to stock up on snacks and other small items that you can bring to class and eat-on-the-go.

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Late Night at Foothill

You haven’t experienced college at Cal if you haven’t been to Late Night at least once. Whether you’re using your own meal points or cajoling your friend into swiping you in, it’s just something you have to do. When it opened this semester, we literally heard people singing as they skipped down the street, “Going to laaaate night! Going to get oooonion rings!”

A lucky few get to hold the door as the line at Crossroads leads outside most nights after 10 p.m.

A lucky few get to hold the door open, as the line at Crossroads tends to end outside most nights after 10 p.m.

Now, if you’re on Southside you can hop over to Crossroads for your midnight munch. Northside-ers have the Foothill dining common. Despite its distance, though, and the seemingly ginormous hills it takes to get there, a fair number of Southside-ers are willing to make the trek up to Foothill for its food instead. Apparently there’s a big enough difference between the two dining commons to make it worth the effort.

The line for Foothill's late night starts at the Bear Market's younger sibling, Cub Market, just down the hall from the dining common.

The line for Foothill's late night starts at the Bear Market's younger sibling, Cub Market, just down the hall from the dining common.

Foothill has one menu and Crossroads has a slightly different one. You wouldn’t immediately be able to tell by just glancing at the two, but students definitely feel it depending on their cravings. Foothill boasts steak plates apparently good enough to salivate over until normal dinner times have past, as well as other random items such as waffle fries and breakfast burritos. Crossroads lacks these oh-so-healthy options, but has other ones like orange chicken rice bowls and chow mein. Both have staples such as pizza, buffalo wings, and French fries. We’ll let you decide which place seems more appetizing, but so far we haven’t heard of anyone from Northside coming down just for Crossroads.

Have we made you hungry for fried goodness yet? No worries, Foothill Late Night is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Crossroads runs from Wednesday through Sunday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Catch a bite before hitting the books again, or just take a break with those lucky meal point friends. Just don’t make it a habit. We don’t think that much dining hall food at weird hours could possibly be good for you.

Image source: Erum Khan, The Daily Californian


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