The best things to do in metro Phoenix for college students

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 Ah, welcome week. 

You’re starting a new year at a new school, maybe even in a new city, and you’ve probably already been told a zillion things to prepare for your first day of class.

But the classroom is just one part of college, and there’s so much more to the next four (or more) years of your life that a welcome week handbook won’t cover. 

There are the tips you’ll pick up to make college a bit easier (and cheaper), the coffee shops that become your home for all-nighters and the bars that become your go-to for a night out on Mill Avenue. 

Let’s talk about that stuff. 

Here’s a guide to college in metro Phoenix that you can actually use, from cheap eats to nightlife to life hacks.

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What you won’t learn at orientation

So you made it to move-in day. Now what? The first week — or two weeks, or month — can be overwhelming. We’re here to make the day-to-day stuff a bit more manageable, with everything from tips for carless students to insight from college grads who’ve been through it all. 

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cheap eats and the best coffee

Want a quick bite to eat that’s not cafeteria food? Need a caffeine boost before that 7 a.m. class or a place to pull your first all-nighter? We have you covered with cheap eats in downtown Phoenix and Tempe, and all the best local coffee shops.

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Balancing a full course load with all your new “adult” responsibilities is probably going to feel pretty hectic at first. Making time for fun can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the area and don’t know where to look. Here’s a crash course on things to do that even a broke college student can afford.

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How to party (responsibly)

A night out on Mill Avenue is basically a rite of passage for Tempe college students. Not to mention, you live in the Valley now, so celebrating your 21st birthday in Las Vegas is more doable than you think. Here’s how to make the most of nightlife in the Valley and beyond — responsibly.

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