Back to School! Fun things to do in Kent on a budget

By Britany Ruby

It’s August, which means most incoming college students are itching with anticipation. Yes, the new class of 2015 is counting down the days until they can officially call Kent their home. While I’m sure the excitement stems from their desire to learn in a college setting, socializing and making new friends. Below is a list of activities that will fit on any college freshmen’s agenda, no matter their budget, or whether they have a car.

On-Campus:

1. Rent a movie with friends- KSU Flash Flix is located on the first floor of Eastway. Not only is it convenient for freshmen living on campus without a car, but it’s reasonably priced as well. Stop by to check out their movie selection or click on this link to find out more.

2. Go bowling On the first floor of Eastway- Right next to Flash Flix is Eastway Bowling Alley. The bowling alley  opens every day at 1pm and normally costs about $3 per game. The bowling alley is not only  cheap but in a convenient location.

3. Catch a Real Late Reel- These are free movies that are shown in the Kiva on Friday and Saturday night. While the movies are not new releases, they tend to play a lot of the summer blockbusters.  Check out their website for the movie schedule.

There lots of fun things happening on campus. Check out Student Center’s Programming website for more information.

Off-campus:

1. Mighty Movie Monday- Admission to all shows at the Kent Plaza Theatre on Monday’s is only $5.00. You get a free 32 oz popcorn. This movie theatre plays all of the new releases including 3D movies. Grab a bunch of friends and catch the bus over to University Plaza.

2.  Grab a bite to eat- Kent has several restaurants located fairly close to campus. You can grab a group of friends and walk to Rockne’s located next to Hungry Howie’s on Main St. Looking for something with a little more flavor? Just a few more minutes down the street is Evergreen Chinese Buffett. If you feel like getting a little further from campus, Mike’s Place on South Water street serves breakfast 24 hours a day!

3. Explore Downtown Kent- Spend Saturday  exploring all that downtown Kent has to offer. Stop for coffee at Scribbles coffee company on N. Water Street, or do a little shopping  in one of the many shops on E. main Street. Grab lunch at the Pita Pit in Acorn Alley. Try Hookah at The Firefly on N. Water street and then stop at Guy’s Pizza for a dollar a slice.

There are a lot of unconventional things to do in Kent on a budget. No matter what you do, remember college is what you make it. So get out and have fun!

Britany is a senior applied communication studies major and a practicum student for the College of Communication and Information.

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