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Survival tips in the Garden City

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Kaimin Arts+Culture

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 5:17 pm

Updated: 12:14 pm, Fri Aug 29, 2014.

Survival tips in the Garden City

Whether you were born and raised in the Garden City or you’ve just made it through your first week, being away from the nest can be tough.  Here are a handful of tips to survive your freshman year like a true Grizzly.

Caras Park

Located under the Higgins Street Bridge, it’s arguably the heartbeat of Missoula. With free live concerts, festivals and art shows you can expect entertainment at Caras.

24 hour dining

It’s 2:30 a.m. and you still have 60 pages of notes to go through when your stomach starts rumbling. Blackjack Pizza and Pita Pit deliver until 3 a.m., and Jimmy Johns delivers even later. If you have time to spare, the Oxford is downtown and famous for their chicken-fried steak served 24 hours.

Deals and steals

Don’t forget to flash those Griz Cards!  You’ll be surprised how many places offer student discounts like Goodwill, fitness centers and coffee shops, along with online stores like Amazon, Redbox, Adobe, Sony and even Levi’s.

Get your groceries

No one is arguing that Cup-of-Noodles isn’t a balanced meal, but it can get old.  So ask your mom for a healthy, homemade recipe and head to Albertsons, just across the Van Buren Street footbridge, or Orange Street Food Farm, also reachable by foot. If you’re a big fan of organic produce, the Good Food Store on Third Street is a local favorite.

I swear – it’s 99 cents!

No need to break the bank for back to school shopping. Missoula is home to over a dozen thrift and consignment shops. When its time to clean out the closet, Runway and My Sister’s Closet both on Brooks Street will buy certain brands of used clothing.

If you’re bored in Missoula, you’re doing it wrong. Check out for a list of everything happening in the Garden City.


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