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
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.
MSUM student hangouts
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.
Show your college I.D. at any of these places to receive a discount.
Coffee & treats 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)
Brew Bird: $5 sandwiches every day from 7 p.m. – close with college ID. BOGO taps every day from 7 p.m. – close.
Herd & Horns: College Special Menu
India Palace: 10% off with I.D.
Mick’s Office: $1.50 burgers (sides & toppings additional) from 5-8 p.m.
Qdoba: $1 off a chicken entree
Rhombus Guys: Monday-Friday 3-6 pm half-off appetizers.
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
The Bowler: Free bowling 9-midnight Monday-Thursday
Fargo Force hockey games at the Scheels Arena: $10 ticket college nights (check website)
Kingpinz Social: Arcade Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: 50% off arcade games and $18 Hyperbowling Lanes.
Skate City: $4 admission 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays
Skyzone Trampoline Park: $10 per hour discounted rate on Thursdays from 8 -10 p.m. with ID
Spirit Room: $35 unlimited discounted monthly dance/yoga classes
Suite Shots: All-day Mondays enjoy half-price golf, $12 pizzas, $3 Busch Light & Coors Light pounders, and $5 off 100oz Par-Tee Towers.
Sunset Lanes: $5 all-you-can bowl with college I.D. starting Thursday at 10 p.m.
YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties: discounted youth rate of $35 a month
Entertainment & performing arts
Marcus Theatres: $7.50 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
MATBus: free rides with college I.D.
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 Jack’s
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
Top places to find pub trivia
DRINK SPECIALS & COLLEGE NIGHTS
Once you’re 21, finding cheap drinks becomes a top priority.
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.
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
We have a whole blog on places to go and things to do if you’re not quite of age, but here’s the gist.
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 Turf – all ages until 8 pm.
The Boiler Room – all ages until 10 pm.
Brewtus Brickhouse – all ages until 9 pm.
Frank’s Lounge – all ages until 3:30 pm.
Herd & Horns – all ages until 12 a.m.
Labby’s Bar & Grill – all ages until 8 pm.
Mick’s Office – all ages until 9 pm.
NoBull Smokehouse – all ages until 9:30 pm.
Old Broadway Grill – all ages until 9 pm.
Pounds – all ages until 6 pm.
Rhombus Guys – all ages until 12 am.
Sickies Garage – all ages until 12 am.
Tailgators Sports Cafe – all ages until 9 pm.
Three Lyons Pub – all ages until 9 pm.
Toasted Frog – all ages until 3:30 pm.
Wurst Bier Hall – all ages until 9 p.m.
24-hour diner options: Denny’s, Fryn’ Pan, and Kroll’s Diner
Insomnia Cookies: Closes at 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday
Bar Down: Closes at 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and midnight Sunday-Wednesday.
Boss’ Pizza & Chicken: Closes at 4 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday.
Deek’s Pizza: Closes at 3 a.m. every day
Pizza Patrol: Closes at 4 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
SouthTown PourHouse: Closes at 2 a.m. every night.
Twin Peaks: Open until midnight Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 p.m. 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).
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.
Red River Market
Acres of Terror
Holiday Lights Parade
Unglued Craft Fest
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Pub Crawl
Fargo Film Fest
Moorhead DQ Opening Day (March 1!)
*Deals are subject to change without notice.