My Step-daughter is off to UC Santa Cruz today. She is from China and professes to love American food, though she doesn't have highly developed standards since we eat Chinese almost exclusively at home and Asian generally when we go out. She's also adventurous about trying other cuisines.
I'd love to forward her a list of student off-campus favorites. Decent to excellent eats in all cuisines, not excluding Chinese (her standards would be higher for that), but with an emphasis on student budget prices. A collegiate ambience would also be a plus.
Also, is there anything particularly good to look for in the on-campus dining options?