Dining with a discount

It’s no secret that college students often don’t have an abundance of cash which is why we love free stuff and we love discounts! One of the perks of being an Arkansas Tech University student is the discounts offered by some of the local businesses in Russellville. Check out some of my favorite and frequently visited stops:

Midtown Coffee

It can be tough waking up for those 8 am classes. If you need a drink to jump-start your day, Midtown Coffee has got you!

Tropical Smoothie

If you like to eat somewhere quick and healthy, Tropical Smoothie is the right place for you! Nothing beats a smoothie to go along with your food!

Colton’s Steakhouse

When you’re craving a juicy steak and some warm buttery rolls, head on over to Colton’s. Colton’s is one of my personal favorites and my ATU discount makes the honey on my roll that much sweeter.


A tall stack of pancakes and bottomless coffee make the perfect study snack any time of the day. IHOP is my go-to and my ATU discount can really make a difference at the checkout!

La Huerta

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? Along with an ATU discount, this place is located right next to campus at the University Plaza!

Lihn’s Vietnamese Cuisine

When you’re craving pho or tofu, there’s nowhere better to go than Linh’s Vietnamese cuisine! This is my absolute favorite restaurant in town! Learning they offered ATU students a discount made it even better!

New China

An all you can eat buffet is the perfect way to stretch your bucks! New China is the first place I head when I’m in the mood for Chinese food! On top of your ATU discount, this place is located right next to campus!

Check out the complete list of businesses that offer student discounts with the presentation of a valid Tech ID.

Photos courtesy of Rafael Andrade

Rafael Andrade is a sophomore Agricultural Business major from Dardanelle, Arkansas. In his free time, he enjoys studying, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, getting to meet new people, going to CrossFit, cooking, and playing with his sisters two dachshunds. He also works full-time for ATU Facilities Management. After graduation, Rafael aspires to work for the US Department of Agriculture.