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Top Restaurants Near Campus In Philadelphia

There are many colleges and universities with nearly 400,000 students in greater Philadelphia. Many of these schools are located in the University City area but others are scattered throughout other famous neighborhoods. Students have hundreds of restaurants to choose from, including many within walking distance. Students on a budget can also take advantage of campus specials, happy hours and daily specials while still enjoying a great meal or drink.

3945 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-1657

If you aren't a fan of bright pink, green and purple, you may find the décor at Distrito a bit over the top. However, fans of tequila will love the extensive list of tequila and the tequila sampling menu. Distrito celebrates the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu that focuses on diverse street foods. Distrito is easy to get to if you are at the University of Pennsylvania or Drexel University. And the best deal for college students on a budget may be Distrito's Taco Tuesdays – tacos are just $2 each!

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Draught Horse Pub & Grill
1431 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 235-1010

Located on Temple University's campus, the Draught Horse Pub is the place to go for craft beers, fresh food and an awesome time. The Horse offers seasonal specials, 20 different draft beers and enough space for group events. The Horse also offers a great happy hour for students on a budget and even accepts Diamond Dollars for payment (Temple's campus-based debit card system). Visit the Draught Horse website to see events, pictures, beer lists, food specials and more.

McGillin's Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 735-5562

Conveniently located in Midtown Village in the heart of Center City, McGillin's Olde Ale House has been serving the best brews in Philadelphia since 1860. Routinely named Philadelphia's Best Irish Pub, McGillin's offers reasonably priced and tasty food and a selection of beers on tap to satisfy even the most discerning palate. In addition to getting a good meal in a great atmosphere, it isn't uncommon to spot a celebrity or two at McGillin's. People like Will Ferrell, Kim Delaney, Tony Davis and Phillies star Ryan Howard have all been spotted here.

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3636 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-1803

While high style and super-chic Asian fusion may not be the first thing you think of when you are a college student, POD is definitely worth visiting if you're a fan of sushi. This spot offers a futuristic dining experience in the heart of University City for small groups or large parties. Sushi is served up via conveyor belt and diners are seated in dining "pods." POD also offers sushi school for those interested in learning this culinary skill.

Smokin' Betty's
116 S. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-6500

Within walking distance of Thomas Jefferson University, Smokin' Betty's offers the best of American comfort food as well as 16 rotating craft brews, daily menu additions, weekday happy hours and weekend brunch. With options like BBQ sliders, tur-duck-en burgers and the namesake Betty burger, there is something here for everyone. Smokin' Betty's is perfect for small or large group gatherings and offers special event packages. To learn about current specials and events, find Smokin' Betty's on Facebook.

Maddie Wagner is a freelance writer covering all things Philadelphia. Her work can be found on

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