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 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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