Palo Alto screams "upscale resort town" more than "cheap college fun," but there are still perks. Stanford is located right off of University Avenue, the local street for everything amazing. Filled with incredible restaurants with cuisines that range from Thai to Italian, many Stanford students find themselves walking around this area on a Friday or Saturday night.
Although these restaurants can be a bit expensive, many of the restaurants give Stanford students discounts. If you have access to a car, Santana Row is also a great place. Located about 20 minutes from campus, Santana Row is full of fun American eateries that cater to the college crowd as well as really good bars for drinks and appetizers.