By ES HETHCOX
With the end of the semester drawing near, some Mary Washington students are watching their flex dollars and meal swipes dwindle as they enter the final three weeks of the semester. However, UMW students should not lose hope. Fredericksburg is a college town, and college towns look after their student community.
Here are a few places in the Fredericksburg area that offer cheap deals for students struggling to keep themselves fed.
Pho Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant on Salem Church Road offers $5 pho bowls for students on Wednesdays. Bring your EagleOne during the hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a cheap –and delicious—meal.
IHOP offers student deals every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Just show your EagleOne and you can receive 50 percent off your entire meal (with the purchase of a beverage). In addition, on Tuesdays IHOP also offers half-price burgers with the purchase of a beverage, as well as free coffee with the purchase of an entrée on Mondays.
Country Cookin offers anyone a meal of burger and fries for only $3 every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. With the simple showing of your EagleOne and payment of $3, you can fall asleep with a full stomach.
Pancho Villa in Eagle Village offers students and faculty 10 percent off any of their new lunch specials! Grab your EagleOne and take a walk across the bridge for some delicious Mexican food.
In addition, there are some restaurants close to campus that allow students to use their EagleOne as payment. If you are really struggling and can convince your parents to transfer money to your EagleOne, you can use that as payment at the following restaurants:
Chipotle, Babe Ganoush Mediterranean Grill, Country Cookin, Domino’s Pizza, Home Team Grill, McDonald’s, Subway, Pizza Hut, IHOP and Greens & Grains.
Even though all these restaurants are off campus, they will help you survive the final weeks of the semester.
Extra tip: If you post on the popular app YikYak that you are out of flex or meal swipes, many Mary Washington students with an abundance of the two will gladly offer to buy you food. It sounds sketchy, but it’s usually students who have been in your position and don’t want you to starve your way to finals week.