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6 Reasons Why College Students Eat Ramen

Jason Park
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Here are the 6 reasons why students eat ramen!

Many college students eat ramen because it’s cheap, tasty, and easy to make. Students save lots of money when eating ramen, and it’s great for budgeting.

It’s not the healthiest, but it’s convenient and delicious.

It’s been known that students don’t have a huge budget to work with. That’s where instant ramen noodles are great for.

It saves a lot of money, especially if you eat it often. It might not be the best and healthiest meal, but it does the job.

Instant ramen is popular in all countries worldwide and very affordable. Make sure to not eat too much of it because it could lead to serious problems if you eat it daily for many years in a row.

It shouldn’t be to only save money because there are many other cheap meals.

1. Cheap

The majority of college students eat ramen because it’s cheap. Many students don’t have a big budget to work with and often have many sides hustles to pay the bills. That’s why instant ramen noodles are great for saving money.

One thing to keep in mind is to not eat too much ramen, and it’s not the best meal out there. It’s great to eat it once or twice a week but don’t eat it every day.

Another great tip is to add some other ingredients to the instant ramen like eggs, bell, or garlic.

The best way to eat cheap noodles is to buy a box at once instead of buying many different flavors. It will save you even more money. Make sure to buy the flavor you like the most.

2. Tasty

Ramen is very tasty, and there are hundreds of different flavors to choose from. These instant noodles can be healthy, but it depends on the way you cook them. The amount of different brands you can choose from is insane.

The best way to get the most out of your money is to avoid buying styrofoam cups. There aren’t many noodles in there, and for the price, it’s better to buy a sealed one.

What I highly recommend you do is to mix some noodles if you aren’t full after one pack. Some noodles mix really well together, making it even tastier.

3. Convenient

College students often want something convenient to eat because they don’t have much time. Ramen is a great solution for that. It’s instant, and the noodles are delicious. You don’t need to take everything out of the fridge to cook something.

Cook the water, pour it in the cup or pan, wait a couple of minutes, and you’re ready to go. It’s very convenient.

In other countries like Japan and Korea, college students go to convenience stores almost weekly to eat ramen noodles.

Sadly these types of convenience stores aren’t in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Maybe in the future, there will be these modern stores.

4. Available in Every Store

Ramen is available in every store, and it doesn’t matter in which country or city you are. Every grocery store has instant ramen noodles. This makes it very accessible for college students to pick up when doing groceries. 

What I really like is that grocery stores are slowly expanding in more ramen flavors. A couple of years ago, you could only buy ramen in Asian grocery stores. Slowly it’s becoming more and more popular because college students found out about it.

If you’ve never seen ramen in a grocery store, you’re probably living under a rock. Almost every grocery store in the world sells ramen or a different type of instant noodles.

5. Great Snack

Ramen is a great snack, and college students love it. It’s easy to make, and you don’t have to prepare hours in advance.

This is one of the main benefits students get when eating ramen, and it saves them hours of time which they could be studying or doing something fun.

The majority of college students eat ramen as a snack at night. If you’re at a party late at night and don’t know what to eat, ramen is a great solution.

It’s tasty, and everyone loves it. In my entire life, there’s been no one that didn’t like instant ramen noodles.

6. Easy to Make

It’s incredibly easy to make. In less than 3 minutes, your cup of ramen noodles is ready to eat. This is one of the benefits of eating ramen, and it’s easy to make and doesn’t cause a headache. The majority of students don’t cook at their dorm.

Cooking takes a long time, especially if you are a college student with zero experience. The campus where the college students are studying often has a canteen where they can eat.

However, the introverts that don’t like that place often go home and eat instant noodles. It’s easy, delicious and you don’t have to deal with other people.

Can You Survive on Ramen Noodles?

Yes, you can survive on ramen noodles for at least 6 to 8 months, it might be even longer, but it’s not the healthiest meal to eat daily. It’s not recommended at all, so try to avoid this if you can. 

If you have no other option than only eating ramen, make sure to drink lots of water. This will keep you hydrated and more energized throughout the day.


Now that you’ve come to the end of this article, I hope you found out what you were looking for. The 6 reasons why college students eat lots of ramen noodles are pretty well known. If you haven’t eaten ramen noodles in your life, you’re really missing out.

It’s very easy to make and delicious, make sure to try it once because it might be a great meal if you don’t want to cook.

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    Jason Park

    Jason has been living in Seoul for over 4 years, and during that time, he has experienced many of the city's hidden stores. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others. Jason has been quoted and referenced by different major media companies like Mashed, Distractify, ThePrint and TastingTable. In his free time, he likes to watch Korean dramas and learn more about Korean culture.

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