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A guide to Fargo-Moorhead for college students

Every fall, over 25,000 students arrive in Fargo-Moorhead to start a new year of college. 

Whether you’re off to North Dakota State University (NDSU), Moorhead State University Moorhead (MSUM), or Concordia College, sometimes it’s nice to get off-campus and explore the city.

This guide is designed to help everyone from incoming first-year students new to town to seasoned students who want the best student discounts and tips.

OFF-CAMPUS COLLEGE HANGOUTS

Each university has its own favorite off-campus student hangouts. Here’s where to find fellow scholars.

NDSU student hangouts

Bars: You’ll find students decked in green and gold hanging out at The Bison Turf or Herd & Horns.

Coffee Shops: In the Memorial Union, students sit and grab a coffee from Memorial Unions Caribou Coffee to get them through long study sessions or to meet up with friends.

If you’re headed further off campus into Downtown Fargo, you’ll find students hanging out at Atomic Coffee and Youngblood Coffee Co.

MSUM student hangouts

Bar: The unofficially official MSUM hangout is JC Chumley’s in Moorhead, which has karaoke on Fridays and usually has a local band on Saturdays.

Coffee Shops: The on-campus coffee shops are where you’ll find most MSUM students relaxing, but a fair few also hang out at Third Drop Coffee.

Concordia student hangouts

Bar: Also in Moorhead, Concordia College students have their turf at Mick’s Office (which also serves delicious burgers).

Coffee Shops: You’ll find many students sitting around Twenty Below Coffee Co. just north of campus.

COLLEGE DISCOUNTS

Show your college I.D. at any of these places to receive a discount.

Coffee & treats discounts

Babb’s Coffee House: 15% off
Sandy’s Donuts: 10% off
Kroll’s Diner: Shakey Mondays two-for-one shakes
Cherry Berry: 3 oz. Free yogurt on Thursdays
Third Drop Coffee: Half off any espresso drink 5–7 pm Tuesday-Thursday

Food discounts

Applebee’s: Half-off appetizers after 9 pm.
Arby’s: 10% discount on meal
Blackbird: $10 pizza Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6 p.m.-close. Half-price apps Tuesday-Wednesday 4–6 pm.
Buffalo Wild Wings College Night: 9 p.m. to close on Sundays, receive 50% off food with the purchase of a drink (Moorhead location)
Dempsey’s: $1 taco Wednesdays (must be 21)
Boiler Room: 15% off the late-night menu every night after 10 pm or the breakfast menu on Saturday/Sunday (must be 21)
Herd & Horns: College Special Menu
India Palace: 10% off with I.D.
Qdoba: $1 off a chicken entree
Rhombus Guys: 50% off large pizza – Mondays after 8:30 pm.
Rustica: Half-price starters and pizza 5–6 pm and 9–11 pm Tuesday-Saturday
Spicy Pie: 10% off any regular-priced item with student ID. $3 pizza of the month slices on Wednesdays. $1.59 tacos and tostadas on Thursdays.
Panchero’s Mexican Grill: Free beverage with student ID
Perkins: 10% off with student I.D.
Osaka Sushi: 10% off
India Palace: 10% off
Fryn’ Pan: 10% off

DISCOUNTS ON THINGS TO DO

Sports, active fun, and exercise

Fargo Force hockey games at the Scheels Arena: $10 ticket college nights (check website)
Kingpinz Social: Arcade Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 11 am – 3 pm: 50% off arcade games and $18 Hyperbowling Lanes.
Sunset Lanes: $5 all you can bowl with college I.D. starting Thursday at 10 pm.
The Bowler: Free bowling 9-midnight Monday-Thursday
Spirit Room: $35 unlimited discounted monthly dance/yoga classes
Skyzone Trampoline Park: $10 per hour discounted rate on Thursdays from 8 pm -10 pm with ID
YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties: discounted youth rate of $35 a month
Skate City: $4 admission 6–8 pm on Wednesdays

Entertainment & performing arts

Marcus Theatres: $5 movies at any Marcus Theatres in town on Tuesdays, $6 movies at any Marcus Theatres on Thursdays (if you show your college I.D.)
Theatre B: $5 discount on tickets with I.D. or $5 student tickets on Thursday
Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre: $8 student tickets on Thursday
The Cellar: $5 off any comedy show with your I.D.
The Rourke Art Museum: Free Admission
Plains Art Museum: Free admission
Bonanzaville: $10 entry with Student ID
Fargo Air Museum: $7 student tickets
Historical and Cultural Society of Cass/Clay County: $9 discounted tickets with Student ID

Miscellaneous

MATBus: free rides with college I.D.

Don’t tell your mom, but Almost Famous in West Acres Mall does buy-one-get-one piercings, and Addictions Piercings & Tattoos run specials often; check out their Facebook page.

21+ INFO

Downtown college bars

A classic bar crawl weaves through Downtown Fargo, and it goes a little like this:
1) Start at Sports Bar or NoBull.
2) Cross the street to the Old Broadway and Sports Zone and dance to the Top 100’s for a while.
3) Drop into Fort Noks before heading up the road to…
4) Pounds and Rooters before finishing at
5) Cowboy Jacks

Trivia nights & open mics

You can find trivia or open mic nights literally every night of the week.

Check out the official Fargo-Moorhead events calendar to find all of them, but take a glance at top places below.

Top places to find open mic nights

Front Street Taproom
Dempsey’s Public House
The Cellar – for open mic comedy

Top places to find pub trivia

One of Fargo-Moorhead’s seven breweries
Rhombus Guys
Three Lyons
Front Street Taproom
Frank’s Lounge
Red River Trivia’s Facebook page

DRINK SPECIALS & COLLEGE NIGHTS

Once you’re 21, finding cheap drinks becomes a top priority.

Mug nights

The college hangouts mentioned earlier usually have a “Mug Night” where you bring in a reusable mug (you buy this on your first visit), and they’ll top it up with tap beer for less than $5.

The Bison Turf’s mug nights are Wednesdays and Saturdays ($3.75 for mug refills).

Herd & Horn’s mug night is Wednesday from 7 pm to close ($3.75 for a refill).

Chub’s Pub near NDSU fills with college students on Thursdays for their $0.50 small mugs of beer.

JC Chumley’s does mug nights on Mondays and Wednesdays with $4 Busch Light fills and $5 fills for all other domestic beers.

Mick’s Office college mug night is Thursday from 8 pm to close with $4 domestic mug fills and $3 Busch Light or Old Style mug fills.

Bar drink specials & happy hours

Another event we can’t not mention is ladies’ night at The Windbreak. On Thursdays, ladies drink free from 9 pm to midnight while guys can get $2 U-Call-Its from 9 pm to 11 pm.

The Windbreak is pretty far south just off of I-29, so make sure you have a sober driver or plan to call an Uber or Lyft to get home.

For a complete list of bar specials, check out our guide to happy hours.

UNDER 21 HANGOUTS

Bars (yes, you read that right)

Many bars allow people under 21 to hang out until a certain time in the evening. Here’s a list from A-Z of some of the popular nightlife spots.

The Bison Turfall ages until 8 pm.
The Boiler Roomall ages until 10 pm.
Brewtus Brickhouseall ages until 9 pm.
Frank’s Loungeall ages until 3:30 pm.
Herd & Hornsall ages until 12 a.m.
JC Chumley’s Barall ages until 9 pm.
Labby’s Bar & Grillall ages until 8 pm.
Mick’s Officeall ages until 9 pm.
NoBull Smokehouseall ages until 9:30 pm.
Old Broadway Grillall ages until 9 pm.
Poundsall ages until 6 pm.
Rhombus Guysall ages until 12 am.
Sickies Garageall ages until 12 am.
Tailgators Sports Cafeall ages until 9 pm.
Three Lyons Puball ages until 9 pm.
Toasted Frogall ages until 3:30 pm.
Wurst Bier Hallall ages until 9 p.m.

Late-night hotspots

For food

24-hour diner options: Denny’s, Fryn’ Pan, and Kroll’s Diner
Insomnia Cookies: Closes at 3 am Thursday-Saturday and 1 amSunday-Wednesday
Bar Down: Closes at 2 am Friday and Saturday and midnight Sunday-Wednesday.
Boss’ Pizza & Chicken: Closes at 4 am Thursday-Saturday and 3 am Sunday-Wednesday.
Deek’s Pizza: Closes at 3 am every day
Pizza Patrol: Closes at 4 am. Sunday through Thursday, 5 am on Fridays and Saturdays
SouthTown PourHouse: Closes at 2 am every night.
Twin Peaks: Open until midnight Thursday, 1 am Friday-Saturday and 11 pm Sunday-Wednesday.

Things to do off-campus

Check out our post on free things to do in Fargo.

Bowling: Check out the discounts section for places to bowl on the cheap. Plus, Kingpinz hyperbowling.

Clay Your Way: Pick a ceramic piece to paint, choose your paint colors, and spend a few hours painting whatever design you want. They’ll fire it in the kiln for you to pick up after a few days.

Disc golf: Tons of parks in Fargo and Moorhead have great disc golf courses (and most are within biking distance of the three campuses).

Geocaching: Grab a passport at the Visitor’s Center and get going on the hunt for geocache treasures! New to Geocaching? Start out with an Adventure Lab to get an idea of what’s in store.

Hunt for murals: Downtown Fargo is close to all three college campuses and full of fun murals for a picture-taking outing.

Skateboarding: Head downtown for the city’s best skate park.

Suite Shots: This Top Golf-like facility has 60 climate-controlled suites powered by Toptracer Ranger software as well as 5 indoor simulation rooms to hang out and hit some balls or play games.

Thunder Road: An excellent option for early fall, you can ride go-karts, mini-golf, and use the batting cages.

MAJOR EVENTS NOT TO MISS

You can attend these events while you’re here for the school year. For a complete list, check out the events calendar.

Fall

Red River Market

Canoe Parade

Homecoming

Pumpkin Patches

Acres of Terror

Winter

Holiday Lights Parade

Christkindlmarkt

Frostival

Unglued Craft Fest

Spring

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Pub Crawl

Fargo Film Fest

Moorhead DQ Opening Day (March 1!)

Fargo Marathon (2021 event on September 25)

*Deals subject to change without notice.