Which Food Delivery App is Fastest and Cheapest?

About 57 percent of food delivery app users are between the ages of 18 and 34, according to a 2018 global consumer survey by Statista. Photo by Karley Wilson.

We called three different delivery apps on Feb. 3 at the same time with the same order: Bring egg rolls to Henley Hall.

We wanted to measure their delivery speed, cost, fees and the condition of the food when it arrived. On that last score, all the deliveries scored equally as the egg rolls arrived hot and crispy. But we had surprises in the other categories.

Location ordered to: 535 North Grand, Orange, CA

Restaurant ordered from: Nguyen’s Kitchen (2 Miles Away)

Item ordered: Eggrolls

Price: $2.95

HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

Postmates is popular among college students because the company distributes a lot of free delivery codes. But, if you don’t have one, small cart and  delivery fees can add up quickly. Those charges made it the most expensive app to order from.

 

UberEats often seems convenient because of the lack of a small cart fee. However, delivery prices are usually pretty steep even for places close by.

 

DoorDash was the underdog. Neither of us had tried it before so we didn’t have high expectations. What a surprise! They creamed the other apps in delivery speed and cost and was our surprise winner.

 

College is all about saving money efficiently, so it’s always nice to know which app can give you the best deal. When it comes to these top food apps to rely on for the night’s meal, DoorDash provided the cheapest and fastest delivery. 

*A small cart fee is a fee that’s added to an order if it is under a certain price. Postmates adds a $1.99 fee if your order is under $12 and DoorDash adds a $2.00 fee if your order is under $9. UberEats doesn’t have one.

Graphics by Vi Nguyen on Canva.

Seven Real Stories of Nightmare Roommates You Never Want to Have

Leaving the nest is one of the most exciting things in life for some college students. After years of living under Mom and Dad’s rules, it is time to fly away. However, there is unexpected stress that comes with going to college and living with a complete stranger that may or may not be a crazy person. Some students get lucky and become best friends with their roommates. Others, not so much.

We asked seven Chapman students about some of their nightmare roommate stories and let’s just say, living with your parents might be a better option than any of these.

   1. The Aimless Yacker

“I knew he was really drunk, but then he started belching, and that’s when I knew he was going to yack. I didn’t know he would throw up on my toothbrush though.” ~ Tyler Brook, junior data analytics major.

When you can wash the toothbrush but you can’t wash off the things that happened to the toothbrush.

   2. The One Who Needs Anger Management Therapy

“She and her boyfriend would get in these wildly intense fights, even over the phone. They would throw clothes at each other. One time, she got so mad she threw her phone in the pool and just didn’t retrieve it.” ~ Torian Mylott, junior peace studies major.

When the only way to not hear their yelling is to yell louder than them.

   3. The Pottery Barn Interior Designer

“She forced me to buy a $30 wall decoration because my side of the room wasn’t Pottery Barn enough for her, but when it came in the mail, it was printed on computer paper. She freaked out when I took it down a week later.” ~ Grace Papish, junior vocal and broadcast journalism major.

When you have to assert your status as the dominant roommate. 

   4. The One That Pitched a Tent in the Room

“It was absurd … I knew she was trying to avoid talking to people, but I didn’t think she’d go out and get a tent to avoid us and literally isolate herself. She ghosted us all, and after that, she just left.” ~ Jordan Garth, sophomore health sciences major.

When you don’t want to face your problems so you hide from them. 

   5. The Oblivious Smoker

“I had a cold and a migraine, and she just decided to stand directly in front of me and blow a puff of weed in my face. Then she was confused as to why I was pissed.” ~ Justin B, sophomore strategic and corporate communications major.

When there’s too much breathable air in the room and your roommate takes it upon themself to fumigate. 

   6. The One Who Thinks He’s Doing Well … But He’s Not

“I came back to my dorm and he cleaned the room, which was sweet, but then everything was rearranged and I found out he threw away the remote to my Apple TV. Thanks a lot bro!” ~ Gunner Acevis, senior business major.

When your good intentions just aren’t enough. 

   7. The One Who Can’t Handle Alcohol

“He was so drunk, and all he wanted was a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich. So I went to go make him one, and I look away for two seconds and he’s falling down. I had to help him get up and he threw up all over me.” ~ Devon Hernandez, senior business administration major.

When you decide it’s someone else’s turn to carry you.