In a city where some college students spend $25 to $60 on trendy food like sushi on any given night, other students look for a more frugal way to fill their growling bellies.
Other students, like Prasoon Diwakar, a 26-year-old graduate student from Allahabad, India, do lunch with the Hare Krishna's, where students have a vegetarian feast while surrounded by nature, in exchange for a $3 donation.
"I used to go two to three times a week," Diwakar said. "Now I try to go at least once a week when they have the halwa," he said, referring to the "mushy fruit dessert" that many students said they crave.
Diwakar said he budgets his money each week by eating the Hare Krishna lunch and at the Reitz Union.