It’s mid-August, and students have eagerly returned to Columbia for another year of college festivities. Summer is often considered a luxury, simply because restaurants, superstores and local pools are not infested with young adults. Although Columbia in general (not to mention the nightlife scene) is trademarked by its abundance of students, try to avoid these eateries and stores if you do not want to encounter large crowds or long waitlists.

  1. Campus Bar and Grill
    More commonly known as “Big 12,” students practically attack this bar like ants all over a dropped cookie at a picnic. Known for its drink specials, casual atmosphere and, most important, Dollar Burger Sundays, Campus Bar and Grill will be busting at the seams.
  2. Wal-Mart
    It’s not uncommon for students to wait until the weekend after school begins to buy school supplies (ah, procrastination). Unless you want to fight for the last 5-subject spiral, try finding folders or notebooks at drugstores like Walgreens. The prices may be a little more expensive, but it’s worth the extra dollar to get a plentiful quantity of your desired school supply.
  3. Flat Branch Pub and Brewery
    Unless you want to encounter two-hour waiting lists for a table, avoid dinner at Flat Branch, or go during the week. Chances are if you go during the week, the crowd will be much smaller and you can enjoy a less hectic dinner. After all, you’ll want to eat on the patio while there’s still nice weather outside.

-Kathryn Clark, Managing Editor, Vox Magazine

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