The Best Brunch Cities for College Students

As a college student, you understand that sometimes life gets hectic. You get bombarded with two exams, a paper, and 4 quizzes in just the span of 3 days, and your extracurricular activities have you stuck doing “mandatory events” among other things. Sometimes, when the going gets tough, it’s totally worth it to treat yourself. If you rocked — or failed — all of your assignments, one of the best ways to give yourself some loving is with brunch on the weekend.

Personally, a big plate of waffles or a hearty omelette has always cheered me up. If you’re of age, you can also enjoy a delicious mimosa (or two… or more). Eating brunch can also serve as a great “refresher” after a Friday or Saturday night out. However, there is one issue: money.

Most college students are known to be tight on funds. Whether they spend their money without thinking or stick to a budget, it’s likely that most college students don’t have a ton of expendable income anyway. Eating out can be expensive, especially when there are drinks involved.

Luckily, for some college students, getting brunch can be cheap. A recent blog written by Sky Blue Credit analyzes the cost of brunch in different cities. They also made a series of graphics that shows all of their findings. To see if your college city is ranked as one of the cheapest brunch cities, keep reading.

Students at universities like the University of Portland, Portland State University, and Reed College get to enjoy the cheapest average brunch in the country. At just $7.20 for brunch, students don’t have to be forking out the big bucks for a simple meal. Other cities on the list of least expensive brunches include Charlotte, Louisville, and Nashville, which are homes to colleges like UNC Charlotte, the University of Louisville, and Vanderbilt University.

Unfortunately, if you’re a student at the University of Washington or Seattle University, it probably isn’t a great idea to get brunch super often (unless you can afford it). An average brunch meal in Seattle costs over $15, which is almost as if you were buying two meals for yourself. Even though brunch is pricey in Seattle, don’t let that stop you from getting yourself an end-of-the week treat. Sometimes you need to unwind — and is there really a better way to unwind than eating a nice stack of pancakes with fruit and a dollop of whipped cream?

If you didn’t see your college city in the top or bottom 10, don’t worry. In addition to the most and least expensive cities for brunch, they also included the information for the rest of the top 50 cities in the country. It doesn’t include just brunch, too. The average price of a mimosa, coffee, and a meal with beverages is also included.

Students in Cleveland are truly living the caffeinated life, as the average price of a coffee in the city is just $1.88 — the cheapest on the list. Students of age in Austin (Hook ‘em, Horns!) get to enjoy the cheapest mimosas as well, where a single mimosa is just $4.75.

In all honesty, the price of an average brunch in your city probably won’t stop you from digging in if you’re a lover of all things brunch. If you don’t like brunch, try to treat yourself to other things as well. We all get that college can be a lot. Taking some time to yourself to enjoy the company of friends (and waffles) can help clear your mind and loosen up after a week of work. Enjoy your time in college, but make sure you take care of yourself first!