Eating on campus can be a tiring cycle for many students. Luckily for students at San Jose State University, which is located in the heart of downtown San Jose, there are many options available to the SJSU community that are delicious, nearby, and affordable!
We’ve rounded up the 10 favorite student eats around SJSU:
1. Peanuts Deluxe Cafe – 275 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
Located right across from SJSU, Peanuts Deluxe Cafe is your go-to stop for jumbo-sized servings of American basics. Whether it’s breakfast food, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, or even Philly cheesesteaks, Peanuts has got you covered. For students over 21, this is a great stop to hang out with friends over some beer.
2. Matiki Island BBQ – 304 E Santa Clara St B, San Jose, CA 95113
Satisfy your meat cravings at this restaurant, which provides hefty servings that fills you to the brim. They offer beef ribs, kalbi (short ribs), and grilled chicken cooked to perfection. You can also get delicious mac salad or spam musubi on the side!
3. House of Bagels – 505 E San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95112
What better way to start your morning with a delicious breakfast from House of Bagels. This is a casual nook offering delicious coffee and housemade bagels. They also have a wide selection of cream cheeses for you to pick from such as the classic cream cheese to creative flavors like the honey walnut cream cheese.
4. Chacho’s – 87 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113
Chacho’s is the ultimate spot for students looking to splurge on mouthwatering tacos and burritos. They have a huge selection of breakfast-style meals, appetizers, soups, salads, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, and more! Chacho’s is an SJSU-favorite when it comes to Taco Tuesday, where you can get tacos from $1!
5. Boba Bar – 310 S 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112
Boba Bar offers a cozy location perfect for students to hang out or even study while munching on tasty snacks. They serve bubble tea in diverse flavors, rice and noodle bowls, and a fun selection of snacks ranging from “kim cheese” fries, popcorn chicken, jalapeno crab wontons, and many more!
6. Sammy G’s – 330 S 10th St #100, San Jose, CA 95112
Located right across from campus, Sammy G’s offer a diverse selection of specialty pies, breakfast pizzas, and sandwiches. Students over 21 can also enjoy 12 great beers on tap along with their food. Sammy G’s also offers indoor and outdoor seating.
7. La Victoria Taqueria – 140 E San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95112
La Vic’s is a student-friendly Mexican restaurant made for quick-fixes and late night meals. They are open until 3 AM every day, perfect for all the night owls. Here you can get your favorite Mexican mainstays topped with their trademark “orange sauce”.
8. Philz Coffee – 118 Paseo De San Antonio Walk, San Jose, CA 95112
Early morning classes are tough, but that’s why Philz Coffee is here to keep you going. They are open from 6:30 AM on weekdays, perfect for students to grab a warm cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to start the day! Philz is a coffeehouse chain based in San Francisco known for its customized blends and drip coffee. Their famous Mint Mojito Iced Coffee is also an absolute game-changer and a must-try!
9. 4th St. Pizza – 150 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
This is a perfect local hangout that serves San Jose-themes pizzas and a variety of wings. With 40 TVs around the restaurant, 4th St. Pizza is a great spot for sports enthusiasts who can enjoy watching football, basketball, or baseball games while eating delicious food. For students over 21, you’ll want to stop by during power hour, which runs on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 PM to 12 AM, for cheap drinks! They also have happy hour offers every Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM.
10. Spartan Taco Truck – 447 E William St, San Jose, CA 95112
Spartan Taco Truck is a humble business that has long served SJSU students. This is a favorite student go-to after a long night at the library. Open from 10 PM to 3 AM, Spartan Taco Truck is the perfect place for a delicious light night supper. One of the best things about the taco truck is its diverse salsa bar including mango salsa!