College is one of the best times in life to order takeout. Sure, you may be a broke student, but eating out of the dining halls for ever meal is a total buzzkill (source: Me, because I used to order delivery at least twice a week to fight the foodie doldrums). But what foods do college students order the most? Are there foods that students order more than non-students do? Online orderig platform GrubHub conducted a survey to find out the answers to these and other pressing questions, and I have a feeling you'll be a little surprised by the results.
In order to conduct the research, GrubHub compared the contents of orders placed by college students (that is, orders that came from a .edu email address) with those that came from non-students (e.g., orders that came from any other kind of email address). What they found was that, compared to the general population, college students were much more likely to order their food late night; they also often chose less health-conscious options. Unsurprisingly, college students aren't generous tippers — they tip five percent less on average than the general public does.
Other college quirks: Students were 10 percent less likely to say "please" and "thank you" when ordering; they were also 20 percent less likely to call customer service. Since college students are typically up studying late at night, broke, and maybe not quite as mature as those who have already graduated (no shade!), these results make a certain amount ofsense. Not that there's any excuse for being rude... but you get what I mean.
But the real meat of the survey lay in what foods college students order the most in comparison to non-students. Here are the top 10, according to the data GrubHub shared with Bustle:
1. Frozen Yogurt
Yep — if you can believe it, this is the most commonly ordered food amongst college students students. According to GrubHub's findings, students are 162 percent more likely to order this food than the general population. Frozen yogurt may not be the healthiest option around, but it's definitely better for you than some of the other items on the list — so hats off to you, collegiate froyo fans.
2. Waffle Fries
They may be terrible for you, but waffle fries are also delicious. In fact, I'm sure their savory deliciousness is why college students are 160 percent more likely to order them than the general public.
3. Chicken Souvlaki Pita
I wasn't even sure what this was until I Googled it, but apparently it's sort of like a pita pocket with grilled chicken inside that is typically found in Middle Eastern cuisine. It actually sounds quite tasty, so college students must really know their stuff! I'm impressed.
4. Chocolate Chip Brownies
This is making my mouth water just thinking about it! No wonder college students are 137 perent more likely to order this luscious dessert than the rest of us — but I think it's time us non-students made an effort to catch up!
5. Hibachi Chicken
Another delicious, savory chicken dish, this one comes in at number five, with college students being 91 percent more likely to order it than non-college students. I don't blame them, since a little hibachi during a late night study session sounds heavenly.
6. Vegetarian Spring Roll
There are an increasing number of vegan students on college campuses, so veggie spring rolls earning the number six spot doesn't surprise me in the least.
7. Sweet and Sour Chicken
This Asian chicken dish is ordered 110 percent more by college students that those in the non-college population; I feel like college students either really have an affinity for spicy food, or just really love Asian cuisine.
8. Cheese Pizza
This fast food classic is beloved by college students everywhere, as they are 91 percent more commonly found in college student GrubHub orders. There's nothing more college than a cheese pizza — nothing.
9. Buffalo Chicken Wings
This was my go-to fast food in college, so I am not at all fazed to see this make the list at number nine.
10. Spicy California Roll
Students were 85 percent more likely to order this food than non-students, keeping with the Asian cuisine theme we've seen consistently on this list. Maybe college students actually do have better taste than they are given credit for.