Best cheap eats at UWA in 2019

We know it can be hard to eat well on a student budget – but skipping meals certainly doesn’t help your grades. So we’ve rounded up some of the best meal options currently on campus under $10*.

Hackett Cafe

Fresh off the bus with $10 to spend? Stop by Hackett to get your fill of comfort food like pasta of the day (from $9) or   mac and cheese (from $6.20)  with change to spare. There’s also healthy salad bar where you can mix and match up to three filling options (including scrumptious vego choices) for $5.85. For those with a sweet tooth, try the giant cookies  ($4.40 – add ice cream for $1) or freakshakes ($9) – because you’re an adult and you can have dessert for lunch if you want to.

Or if it’s not quite lunchtime yet, a brekkie muffin to grab and go ($4.95) or a bargain dine-in   hot breakfast   (from $4.95 for eggs on toast to $9.85 for the big brekkie) will hit the spot!

Breakfast and coffee
Breakfast at Hackett Cafe

Village Cafe

Home to the Wok’s Cooking range inspired by Asian hawkers markets, Village offers a drool-worthy selection at affordable prices, from fried rice or noodles (from $4.75) to a range of delicious freshly-cooked stir fries (from $7.20). Need more? Add sides like   BBQ pork, chicken or red bean buns ($1.80), samosas ($1.70) or vegetable curry puffs ($2.20). There’s also an array of sushi and other grab-and-go meals for $10 or less – perfect if you’re in a rush. And at breakfast time you can get an Asian congee (rice porridge) for $3.50.

The Tavern

The Tav’s new pizza menu is full of bargains, with several 9″ options under $10 – and 12″ vegetarian options coming in under that mark too!

They also have light bites like chicken nuggets (six for $5.50, ten for $6.50, add chips for $4) and vegetarian arancini with garlic and herb aioli ($7.50) to share with mates or keep your hunger pangs at bay.

Quobba Gnarning Cafe

At UWA’s most hipster hangout (on the ground floor of Reid Library) you can use paella ($3) as a base for a meal and add on sides like   arancini  all while having change from a $10 note. You’ll also find lots of salads, raw balls and juices to up your #cleaneating Insta game. Plus there’s a range of sushi and Japanese meals starting from $5.30 and an amaaaaazing dessert fridge with cheap sweet treats.

Catalyst Cafe

Down in the Barry J Marshall Library there are lots of fresh and healthy options. A Turkish bread packed with chicken, roast beef or vego fillings, toasted or fresh comes in under $8. And for those 8am lecture days we’re addicted to the breakfast bar where you can mix and match yogurt, muesli and fruit. Alternately, there’s a bacon, egg and cheese bagel for $4.95.

Nedlands Cafe

Education and ALVA students rejoice – Nedlands has what must be the best deal on campus: half price muffins with any large coffee all week round! Plus there’s a range of grab and go breakfast items like fruit salad, muesli cups   and brekkie muffins.

The Ref

Pretty much everything at Subway is under $10, but if you want change, go for their sub of the day deal! You could spend the savings on a drink or sweet snack at Boost Juice, Utopia or Rocketfuel to wash it down.

So there you have it – a long (but by no means exhaustive) guide to some of the great cheap eats on campus. What’s your favourite foodie find? Have we missed something? Show us on Instagram with #uwastudentguild. And if there’s something new you’d like to see available at uni, email catering@guild.uwa.edu.au with your suggestions!

P.S. Don’t forget, if you’re ever strapped for cash the  Guild Student Assist   team  is here to help you out with loans, grants, meal vouchers and a food pantry.

* All prices listed for Hackett, Quobba Gnarning, Village, Catalyst and Nedlands Cafes are Guild member prices (10% off full price)

Posted on April 9, 2019

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