a current student here
One of the benefits to attending a college in the city are all the food options that are available! On campus we have Subway, Starbucks, Cutter's Point Coffee, The Old Spaghetti Factory, The Rock, Indochine, Hello Cupcake, Hot Rod Dog, Taco Del Mar, The Harmon, and The Swiss. I have found that nearly every one of these dining area's mentioned gives discounts to UW - Tacoma students. Also, the food is always affordable for a college students budget.
There is also Metro Coffee on a campus, which is a great location for students to gather and grab some excellent coffee between classes! (This is more affordable coffee than at Starbucks.) This coffee shop also has a very urban feel to it, which I love. The Dawg House Cafe on campus has a great variety of grab-n-go food which meets the needs of individuals with food allergies and preferences such as; gluten, peanuts, vegan, and vegetarians. The small grocery mart near GWP hall and the Joy Building also has an excellent selection of snacks, meals, etc. for those with food preferences and allergies.