From our 2016 College Student Guide.

We hope you take full advantage of your meal cards, college kids. Trust us, there is no other time in your adult life when you get to sign up for food and then walk into a building where it’s waiting for you. If you get tired of cafeteria eats, though, might we suggest these spots for stocking up on vittles.

Charlie’s Grocery
1 Jasper St. Downtown
(843) 853-0351

As both a corner store and deli, Charlie’s Grocery offers kitchen necessities and quick, filling meals. While you’re perusing the aisles of the tiny store make sure to order the falafel, a secret family recipe made with tomato, cucumber, and onion salad, and fresh tahini sauce. You can pick up your basic chips and sodas here, too, as well as Boar’s Head meats and cheeses for all your sandwich-making needs.

The Veggie Bin
96 Spring St. Downtown
(843) 779-0301

If you’re craving a load of fresh fruits and veggies all year long, then Veggie Bin has got you covered. Conveniently located on Spring Street this spot has lots of produce, along with canned items and snack stuff. The cooler area features milk, eggs, cheese, lettuce, and more. And did we mention the cold brew coffee growler filling station? Trust us, you’ll want that stuff when the studying starts.

King Street Station
356 King St. Downtown
(843) 853-5009

Location is everything and King Street Station has a pretty damn good one. Situated just across the street from Upper Deck (trust us, you’ll know where this is soon enough), this spot puts the convenience in convenience store. While you may not head here for fresh veggies, you can fulfill all your snacking needs with King Street’s stacks of candy, chips, and all things salty.

Burbage’s Grocery
157 Broad St. Downtown
(843) 723-3231

Burbage’s Grocery has been in business since 1946, feeding Charleston residents groceries and goodies. The store sells everything from locally produced canned and jarred goods to fresh fruits and vegetables. The spot also serves up breakfast sammies and cups of grits in the morning, which is one heck of a way to start a Charleston day.

Trader Joe’s
401 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-4037

It’s tried, it’s true, it’s Trader Joe’s. TJ’s is so worth the trip across the Ravenel Bridge, if only for their 19 cent bananas. There are entire blogs dedicated to reasonably priced Trader Joe’s shopping lists, and for good reason: the store has really good prices. Grab all your snack needs and yummy lunch and dinner options like pre-packaged sandwiches and salads, taking the mess out of food prep.

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