There’s a knock at the door!
Taking time away from studying can be the difference between dinner or a bag of chips and a soda. Sometimes it pays to turn to delivery services. Here are some of the ones we found and what they deliver and how they work.
Bite Squad – Delivery from many Gainesville restaurants. There is a chat option if you would like to review your order or ask why your order is taking so long. You can schedule a delivery for later in the day and check the order status. Gift cards are available. Delivery fees start at $1.99 depending on the distance
Doorstep Delivery – Powered by Bite Squad. Order from anywhere anytime – even in the park. Delivery fees from $2.99
352 Delivery– Delivery system from lots of Gainesville restaurants. The delivery fee is $1.25 per mile from the restaurant to you, starting at $1.99. There is a small service fee depending on the restaurant. There are no hidden fees; everything will be listed on your receipt.
GrubHub – Sign up for their emails and get $7 off your first order of $15+. As well, for each friend you get to sign up you get $7. Sign in and local suggestions are right there. Delivery fees are typically around $3.
Eat24– is powered by GrubHub. It is super easy to navigate, you type your address in the search they will show you restaurants currently delivering to your area, as well as places that offer pick up. There can be a minimum amount spent, depending on the restaurant. Just enter your address into the website or app and before you know it you’ll have dinner.
UberEats – Same concept as Uber, but they deliver food, not people. You can track, via the app, when the restaurant is preparing food; your driver is picking up and when they are in route to you. The fee is a little pricier than most delivery places, but they tend to be faster.
Eat Street – Delivery and takeout options available. Delivery fees are $2 and require a minimum amount that has to be purchased for certain restaurants. They offer features to filter your restaurant results such as order ahead, restaurant-rewards, specials, fast delivery, or try something new – all on the website.
Publix – First delivery is on them. Sign up via social media account or an email and have your groceries delivered to you. It is basically online shopping; convenient and easy for those who don’t feel like going through the process of grocery shopping.
Amazon – Seriously, what can’t you get from Amazon. By signing up to Amazon Prime as a student, the first 6 months are free and then there is a discounted membership fee for the next 4 years until graduation. Prime membership includes free 2-day delivery, among many other perks.
Cookiegamz –If you are looking to order a heaping amount of cookies or order for a special someone (think finals week or birthday surprise), some of the best cookies in Gainesville. Order online or call and they will deliver.
Midnight Cookies – Located on SW 34th Street, this homemade, fresh-baked cookie shop serves up a wide variety of home-baked cookies from traditional chocolate chip to sugar, snickerdoodles, peanut butter and oatmeal raisin. They even have vegan cookies including their limited time Pumpkin Spice.
Shipt – Get 2 weeks free and $15 off your first order on deliveries from stores like Publix, Costco, Target and ABC Fine Wines & Spirits. Let their shoppers do what your student doesn’t have time to. Work for Shipt and you get paid to shop for others.
Instacart – For faster shopping and easier checkout, get the app and have groceries, etc. delivered from most of the same places as Shipt, but also includes CVS and Whole Foods, PetCo, ABC Liquor
The Real Meal – Provides full service meal-time solutions and specialized meals for those with dietary health restrictions or someone looking to make a healthy lifestyle change. Meals discounted by quantity ordered per person.
Particularly when they have been studying for hours on end or they aren’t feeling well; it’s good to know that food can be delivered right to their dorm or apartment. My favorite delivery option is probably chicken soup from the Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center. Just call to order. They don’t deliver (unless your student has no one to help them out and they will try to find someone to bring it over to them; if not, use Uber to pick it up.
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