Affordable restaurants in Burnaby for hungry SFU students

Students don't always have the time (or ability) to cook for themselves, so they’re often on the lookout for affordable places to eat. For students at Simon Fraser University, there are a number of convenient and appealing dining options available both on and off-campus. Whether you're craving burgers or burritos, soup or salad, you'll find budget-friendly fare at these local eateries near SFU

Club Ilia

8902 University High St, Burnaby, BC V5A 4Y6

Club Ilia is a cozy, casual restaurant serving lunch, dinner and drinks right on SFU's Burnaby campus. Hit the patio during warmer months or relax with friends in the comfortable, spacious indoor dining space. You’ll find a mix of SFU students, staff and locals hanging here daily and enjoying a delicious bite to eat. The menu is small but features an interesting mix of dishes – from classic pub fare to internationally inspired favourites from around the world.

X-site Grill & Bistro

4625 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2K6

X-Site Grill & Bistro keeps its promise to offer “mega value with a mini price.” The menu has a large selection of classic pub grub, such as soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes with an affordable price tag that makes it attractive for students. Every dish is cooked with care, with the right blend of seasonings, and looks as appetizing as it tastes. This no frills, casual restaurant is a great spot to kick back and socialize on weekends.

Soup Plus

1102 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P5

This small diner is worth venturing off campus for, which is why SFU co-eds regularly come out of their student bubble to eat here. While soups are definitely the focus here, they also carry a selection of reasonably priced bagels, melts, home-style sandwiches, and hearty cold and hot subs. For students with a sweet tooth, a small selection of baked goods is also available.

Triple O's

8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

A fast-food version of the popular White Spot family restaurant, Triple O’s has several meaty burgers students can sink their teeth into. The thick, juicy burger combos – served with your choice of fries (regular, sweet potato or garlic parmesan), crispy onion rings, Caesar salad or poutine – will definitely satisfy big appetites. All burgers are made with 100 per cent fresh, Canadian beef, and contain no “mystery meats” or obscure ingredients. Triple O’s also serves breakfast until 11:00 am for those in need or morning-after fuel.

Anton's Pasta Bar

4260 East Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2J6

Very popular among Burnaby locals and SFU students alike, Anton’s Pasta Bar always has a crowd. The very generous portions of pasta guarantee all but the most starving of students will have enough left over for lunch the next day. Their menu is long and impressive, featuring a huge list of pasta dishes and a variety of sauce options, including tomato sauce, bolognese, seafood, creamy Alfredo and pesto sauce. Anton's also serves plenty of vegetarian options and stuffed pasta dishes. This down-to-earth pasta joint is the perfect spot for enjoying dinner with classmates, just come early or be prepared to wait in line.

Donair Town

8917 Cornerstone Mews, Burnaby, BC V5A 4Y7

This SFU eatery specializes in beef, chicken and lamb donairs in a variety of flavour combinations. Favourites include the Hawaiian, Caribbean, Greek and Lebanese donairs. Still hungry? They also serve tasty falafels made with authentic Mediterranean spices and seasonings. Affordable prices and hearty portion sizes have made Donair Town one of the most popular spots on campus.

Guadalupe Handmade Burritos

8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Serving satisfying, handmade burritos filled with fresh ingredients, it’s easy to see why this Mexican joint is a favourite among SFU students. Located on campus, the dining area features cozy booth seating next to a bright window, which is perfect for studying or relaxing after a busy day. No menu item exceeds the $10 range, which is perfect for the budget-conscious crowd. The Latin inspired menu is small and includes a selection of tacos, burritos and burrito bowls, chips with salsa or guacamole, and sides of rice and beans.

Yeti Yogurt SFU

8982 University High St, Burnaby, BC V5A 4Y6

Located on the SFU Burnaby campus, Yeti Yogurt offers students a variety of delicious frozen yogurt flavours to choose from. Like most frozen yogurt joints, this place is self-service, so you can mix and match different ingredients and personalize your treat the way you like it with colourful toppings. They also serve a variety of espresso beverages and dessert-type specialty drinks to quench your thirst, including Mythical Mocha, BigFoot Extreme Chocolate and Marionberry Mocha Monster.

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