One of the cheese steaks from The Real Thing in Towson. (Yelp)

The life of a college student consists of stress-filled days and nights, running on inadequate meals and lack of sleep.  It’s no secret that most scholars survive on a tight quota, splurging on fast food when possible. Baltimore City and it’s surrounding suburbs service several of Maryland’s finest institutions, including Morgan State, Coppin State and Towson University. Here are some of the best local fixtures for college students on a tight budget.

Morgan State University

Sunny’s Subs – Located within walking distance of Morgan’s main campus, this fast food spot is a fixture in the Northwood community. Despite the name, Sunny’s is renowned for its “chicken boxes,” several pieces of chicken and French fries, especially when drenched in their trademark Sunny’s sauce. Despite not delivering, the walk or drive for students is well worth it for great food at a low price. Northwood Shopping Center , 1518 Havenwood Rd, Baltimore, Md. 21218.

Stoko’s – There are three Stoko’s in Baltimore, with two serving Morgan State by delivery. With a large menu of over 50 items—including wings, pizzas and subs–and great deals, it’s no wonder it’s so common to see a Stoko’s delivery driver servicing dorms at all times. Minimum delivery is $10, but that’s enough to feed two. Northwood Shopping Center , 1518 Havenwood Rd, Baltimore, Md. 21218

Towson University

Arlon’s – Similar to Stoko’s, Arlon’s is a carry-out that delivers to the school and off-campus housing around the Towson area. Arlon’s features an extensive menu that appeals to all, but their biggest draw is their inexpensive delicious pizza. 23 Allegheny Ave, Towson, Md. 21204

The Real Thing – Located in the heart of “Uptown” Towson on York Road, The Real Thing is the place to go for Cheesesteaks. On weekdays, you can grab a lunch special of a cheese steak, fries and a drink for $11.50. A little bit more expensive than some of the aforementioned chains, but you get your money’s worth. Hot and cold hoagies, as well as gyros, subs and wraps round out the menu. 412 York Rd, Towson, Md. 21204

Coppin State University

China Garden – Located just minutes away from Coppin’s campus on Clifton Avenue, China Garden is a quaint spot that gives the option to dine-in or carryout. Especially appealing to students is the lunch special menu, with a variety of meals at a great price served in hearty portions. Walbrook Junction Shopping Center, 3421 Clifton Ave, Baltimore, Md. 21216

Alfeo’s La Pizzeria – Mondawmin Mall is within walking distance of Coppin, providing students with access to stores as well as convenient places to eat. Located in the mall, Alfeo’s is the best pizza in the area. Whether you’re picking up a slice or an entire pizza, Alfeo’s allows you to decorate your pizza with as many toppings as you want. From shrimp to pineapples to ham, the choice is yours and each slice is served hot and fresh upon order.  Mondawmin Mall, 2301 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, Md. 21215.

Whether you are breaking your piggy bank to eat or you have a few dollars to spare, these places are key for students looking to save a few dollars.

Maliik Obee is a student at Morgan State University who believes in eating cheaply.