Calgary's cheap eats for students

Dec 19 2017, 2:39 am

With the school year in full swing, you’re likely spending most, if not all, hours of the day hitting the books. But look on the bright side: you have to eat, which means you have to take a break!

Money might not be the most abundant thing in your wallet, but there are a few things you can do to help. One way to save some cash is to sign up for ATB’s Students First Account. It offers unlimited transactions with no monthly fee. You can also save money on eating out by taking notes on Calgary’s best cheap eats for students.

It can be hard to know what to eat or where to go, but we’ve done our homework to make life a little easier for you and your wallet.

Here’s a list of places you can eat for under $10 near your school.

Moose McGuires

Featuring wings, pizzas, sandwiches, and appetizers, you’ll have lots of things to choose from in this bar. Try their soups, salads, and Sunday wings for under $10 and look out for their pizza specials.

Address: 1941 Uxbridge Drive NW
Phone: 403-289-9184

Lily Vietnamese Submarines

Submarines are truly the specialty at this Vietnamese restaurant. They serve beef satay subs, stir fried chicken with onion subs and more, all for under $10. If you are not into subs they also serve vermicelli, soup and steamed rice in all sorts of varieties for less than $10.

Address: 4629A Bowness Road NW
Phone: 403-288-6018

Aladin Donair & Pizza

Serving fantastic pitas like their chicken shawarma pita, donair pita, mixed shawarma pita and more for under $10. Their burgers, salads and some of their poutines are also under $10.

Address: 436 14 Street NW
Phone: 403-294-1144

Flipp’n Burgers

These fancier burgers can be ordered with your choice of toppings and sauces. The hamburger, cheese burger, mushroom and swiss burger, grilled chicken burger and more are around $10 and under.

Address: 103, 330 10 Street NW
Phone: 403-474-9365

Cedars Deli

This Mediterranean deli brings a healthy meal for a reasonable price. Their Mini Mezza Plate and their chicken & falafel plate are less than $10. Their tabouli & hummus mix and falafel sandwiches are around $5.

Address: 3103 Edmonton Trial NE
Phone: 403-223-2771

Address: 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
Phone: 403-263-0285


Yume Sushi

If you feel like having some Japanese, this is the place for you. They have lots of different options and your bill depends entirely on how big of an eater you are. It is $1 per sashimi and the price varies widely for the maki sushi rolls, but you can come out from here having had a good meal for under $10.

Address: 104, 3400 14 Street NW
Phone: 403-338-1118

Address: 111, 12100 Mcleod Trail SE
Phone: 587-352-8188


Postino Cafe and Lounge

This little cafe and lounge likes to keep things simple, and it’s a nice spot to study away from campus. They have tasty artisan bites for under $5 and they also have good coffee, which is usually much-appreciated if you are a student.

Address: 2520 Capitol Hill Crescent NW
Phone: 403-338-0633

Peters’ Drive-In

For the days you aren’t feeling too fancy, Peters’ is the perfect spot to chill out and calm down in the warmer months—so go soon since there are no indoor spots to eat! You can buy a burger for under $5, and they are known for their milkshakes which are also under $5.

Address: 219 16 Avenue NE
Phone: 403-277-2747

Bake Chef Co.

Perfect for students, the U of C’s Bake Chef Co. has food items for under $5 and $10. They serve baked goods, warm buns and various drinks, but their most popular items are their Vietnamese subs. They are under $10 and are very filling.

Address: U of C in MacEwan Hall – 2500 University Drive NW
Phone: 403-282-6652


If you want a simple sandwich, then Peppino can make it happen for under $10. There are a wide variety to choose from and it has a fantastic selection for vegetarians too.

Address: 101 – 1240 Kensington Road NW
Phone: 403-283-5350

Address: 717 2 Avenue NE
Phone: 587-353-2704

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