Living it Up on a Budget

By Sara Shea

College is an experience unlike any other, but between tuition and books, students spend a small fortune over the course of four years. With the price of tuition rising again next year, Marist students are no exception.  So how does one still manage to enjoy college when extremely strapped for cash?

For students who do not have a car, there are several off campus dining options that are within walking distance or deliver.  The first is a staple of the Marist College campus, Campus Deli. Located directly across the street and open until at least 3 a.m. every night of the week, Campus Deli offers hot sandwiches and loads of others goodies at reasonable prices.

A great off campus dining option that delivers is Emiliano’s Pizza. Every Sunday Emiliano’s runs a “Marist Special,” which offers students free delivery and $6 large pies.

“Emiliano’s is the best pizza I’ve had in Poughkeepsie,” sophomore Marissa Conroy said. “Being Italian and coming from Staten Island, I know good pizza, and Emiliano’s definitely has it down.”

Not in the mood for pizza? Try Ginger Chinese, they offer free delivery to Marist as well as a free egg roll and soda with the purchase of any lunch or dinner special.

Not in the mood for pizza? Try Ginger Chinese, they offer free delivery to Marist as well as a free egg roll and soda with the purchase of any lunch or dinner special.

For students who do have access to transportation, the Hudson Valley is overflowing with places to go, things to do, and top rated restaurants to try. The Eveready Diner, located about five miles south on Route 9, has been recognized by The Food Network as one of the best diners in the nation. Though the prices at The Eveready are already pretty cheap, Marist students get an additional 15% off their bill with their students I.D. card.

As far as entertainment is concerned, Marist could not be in a better location. From drive-in movie theaters to Broadway trips, the possibilities are endless.  The Hyde Park Drive-In Theater is just a few minutes south of Marist.

Open since 1949, the drive-in's 82 inch screen has played movies for generations.

Open since 1949, the drive-in's 82 inch screen has played movies for generations.

Though the theater is closed for most of the academic year, it re-opens every year on April 15th, giving Marist students about a month to enjoy the big screen. Admission is $7 regularly, but on Tuesdays adults can get in for $5. Compared to the usual $10.50 at the Galleria, Tuesdays at the Drive-In are a steal.

Finally, Marist students can take trips to New York City. Whether they go through the school or on their own, students can travel round trip for under $40. Students must go on at least one Broadway trip during their four years at Marist. For $25 students are bussed to and from the city and receive tickets to big name Broadway shows. 

The train station is walking distance from Marist and a roundtrip ticket to New York City on Metro-North Railroad is $26.50.  Only an hour and a half train ride from the Big Apple, students should take full advantage and visit the city as often as possible.

“There’s always something to do in the city,” freshman Kara Chamberlain said. “When I went last weekend I saw them setting up fashion week and when I went earlier this semester I saw ‘Wicked’ on Broadway. I could never get bored in New York, that’s one of the main reasons I chose Marist.” 

Students at Marist work extremely hard, so it is only fair that they have fun in their free time. Whether students are looking for some good grub or a weekend adventure they should never let a lack of funds limit their college experience. 

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