Favourite Vancouver restaurants for UBC students

Students are always looking for great places to relax, hang out, study and get a delicious (and budget-friendly) bite to eat. After a stressful day in class, hungry co-eds often turn to food for comfort. Whether on or off campus, UBC students know where to go to find affordable, tasty food choices. [Photo credit:  Leonardo Patrizi]

Only U Cafe Inc

116-5737 Dalhousie Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 2H9

Located in the University Village, this café serves hearty portions of cozy comfort-food faves. For breakfast, you can order the basics: eggs, pancakes, toast, hash browns, muffins and omelettes. For lunch, the soups, sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and burgers are popular choices. While the menu is far from gourmet, it’s focused on classic dishes most students know and love.

Agora Café

59-2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

“Organic” and “affordable” don't always go together – but at Agora Café that's exactly what you get. Here, UBC students can enjoy organic lunches and goodies right on campus at surprisingly affordable prices. The menu is small and features a $4 lunch entrée special that changes daily. Students can also buy sandwiches, soup with toast and a frittata with a side salad, all for only $3. The delicious Agora granola snacks are a popular draw, and at $1 each, they're an inexpensive way to grab something healthy on the go.


6138 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1K2

Sprouts brings affordable, healthy and sustainable food to the UBC campus. It’s a 100% volunteer and student-run café with a compassionate mindset. Every Friday evening, they serve healthy, vegan meals to students by donation – so struggling students can enjoy a nutritious meal at little cost. Sprouts serves hot lunches, coffee, baked goods and organic, locally grown produce daily. They’re located in the basement of the old SUB.

The Naam Office

2724 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R1

Open 24/7, this award-winning vegetarian restaurant has long been a hotspot for UBC students pulling all-nighters or taking a well-deserved study break. The Naam serves high quality, tasty dishes made with local ingredients. They also have live entertainment every night – featuring mostly blues, folk and jazz artists – which adds to the chill vibe and creates the perfect spot for students to unwind. Popular menu choices are the Italian Melt, Grilled Cheese, Chili Burritos and the Curry Dinner Special.

Burgoo Kitsilano

2272 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N8

Proudly serving “food for comfort,” Burgoo's impressive comfort foods are savoured by students in a cozy, casual atmosphere. When you walk into Burgoo, you’ll almost always find UBC students there, soaking up the vibe and chilling out after a stressful day on campus. Menu highlights includes a Smokehouse Chili, Chicken Pot Pie and French Onion Soup. Enjoy a relaxed evening of jazz as you tuck into your meal every Sunday night from 6-8pm.

Pizza Garden

5780 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1K6

Pizza is a staple food choice for busy students with little time to cook. Located on campus, and with both delivery and take-out options available, it doesn't get more convenient than Pizza Garden. For only $2.50 a slice, you can get a high quality, wood-fired slice of veggie or meat pizza here. Specializing in Neapolitan-style pizza, they make their own dough daily with 100% Caputo flour imported from Italy – and it comes out crispy every time.

You don’t have to travel to Vietnam to try authentic pho – it’s available right here in Victoria. So put away your passport and visit one of the Vietnamese restaurants below. Soon you’ll be sipping on savoury broth, seasoned with traditional Vietnamese spices and full of tasty meat and veggies. Close your eyes and you might forget you’re in Canada!
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste just to get a good deal. Luckily for us, there are a number of Victoria eateries that offer satisfying meals for less than $10. Drop in, fill up, and leave with the energy you need to make it through the rest of your afternoon.
Student life can be hectic, so you need food that’s tasty, quick and, most importantly, cheap. Here are some of Victoria’s most student-friendly off-campus restaurants. Some are just down the street; others are a short bus ride downtown. But all of them have cheap eats that’ll keep you fuelled from frosh week to finals.
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