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*.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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