The sleepy town of Hamden, Conn., where Quinnipiac University is located, has many great off-campus dining options for its students. Freshmen cannot have cars on campus, and sophomores must park their cars off campus, so the University provides another shuttle system that takes students to Hamden on 50-minute intervals. This allows for all Quinnipiac students to enjoy the dining and activities in Hamden. Many off-campus dining locations accept the Quinnipiac student ID as a form of payment. Parents deposit money on students' IDs at the beginning of each semester, and the money can be used at any place that accepts it. Accepting the Quinnipiac student ID as a form of payment has been instrumental for restaurants and food places wanting to get more business.
Hamden offers many sandwich deli places and quiet sit-down restaurants. A favorite place to grab a great sandwich, steak, or hoagie is Ray & Mike's. The deli is located within two miles of Quinnipiac's main campus and has been a mainstay for quick, delicious food for several generations of students. The deli has a rival, however, and it is a great debate among students over which deli they like best. The Corner Deli is in close competition with Ray & Mike's, as many of the same popular items are on both menus, such as the Buffalo chicken sandwich. Another popular cuisine Quinnipiac students seem to love is sushi. There are at least three sushi restaurants in Hamden and a few more in downtown New Haven. During lunch hours and all day Sunday, the sushi restaurants have a 50 percent-off menu. For college students on a budget, this is a very popular and tasty option. Hamden also has its nicer restaurants for when your parents come to town: the high-class Italian restaurant Luce, the casually sophisticated Eli's on Whitney, and the cozy and classy Mickey's Restaurant.