Studying at Ryerson means an almost limitless array of food options since the campus is in the heart of downtown. But the abundance of options can make it even harder to find a spot for lunch, especially for a spot that’s student-budget friendly. That’s why this guide narrows the cheap eat options around Ryerson to just ten.
Known for their $6 all-day menu, Warehouse is one of the best known cheap eats in Toronto. Avocado toast, poutine, ribs, burgers, and much more all for six bucks each—no strings attached. The portion sizes are great here. Just make sure to set aside enough time for the massive lines.
Address: 336 Yonge Street, Toronto
Known as one of the best poutines in Toronto, Philthy Philly’s is also a great cheap eat in the Ryerson area. Their Phil Meal includes a six-inch Philly cheesesteak, fries, and a soda for only $10! There’s also an option to upgrade to a poutine for an extra $2. Go even thriftier with a normal cheesesteak and no combo for only $7.
Address: 372 Yonge Street, Toronto
Patties Express is a takeaway spot with a super simple Jamaican patty menu: Beef (in three spice levels), Vegetarian, and Chicken. Single patties are only $1.89, a combo (two patties and a pop) is only $4.39. It only gets cheaper if purchased by the dozen.
Address: 4 Elm Street, Toronto
Three Little Pigs
A sping of from Toronto legendary Barbarian Steakhouse, this spot slings a wide assortment of sandwiches here for under $10. A student could come to Three Little Pigs every day and still keep it fresh. Maybe the Calamari sandwich ($8) which comes with cucumber relish, onions, and lemony mayo on a Monday. Then come back for the T.L.P (tomato, lettuce, and peameal bacon) on Tuesday for only $6.65. The possibilities are endless and the prices make it so worth it.
Address: 15 Elm Street, Toronto
Sometimes, there’s nothing more wholesome than a nutritious fat burrito or loaded quesadilla. Sometimes Chipotle’s double-digit prices can scare students off. To solve that, there’s Burrito Boyz, which offers their burritos for $8 or even less. A large sweet potato burrito is only $7.73, while the chicken and the steak are both around $8 for the small. All the quesadillas are also under $10! Did we mention that they also come in a gluten-free option?
Address: 74 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Pizza is known as a cheap eat but North of Brooklyn serves the pretentious and boujee pizzas of high-end Italian restaurants for a student-friendly price. All the slices are under $5 and full pies are just under $20. Choose from classics like the Margherita and the Pepperoni, or specials like the Killer Bee made with calabrese sausage, jalapenos, and honey, or opt for the Puttanesca loaded with pecorino, capers, and hand-crushed sauce.
Address: 469 Church Street, Toronto
On the note of cheap Italian food, what if fresh pasta along with a beer or wine was only $10? Well, Dal Moro is here with fresh, custom-made pasta with exactly that deal. Better yet, skip the drink and get just the fresh pasta for as low as $6. And to top that off, Dal Moro offers a 20% student discount to anyone with a valid Student ID. Now that’s a deal.
Address: 605 Yonge Street, Toronto
Grocery store cafeterias are always a go-to for lunch, and HMart is one of the best spots for it. Get all some Korean favourites such as kimbap, spicy rice cakes, and chicken katsu all for under $10. And students living in the area can even pick up their groceries while they’re at it.
Address: 338 Yonge Street, Toronto
Healthy, customizable, quick-serve restaurants are on the rise and Basil Box just does that with ingredients inspired from South-East Asia. Customize a delicious salad, noodle bowl, or rice bowl with proteins such as chilli lime shrimp and lemongrass chicken. Add vegetables such as roasted edamame and charred sweet potatoes. Ryerson students also get an exclusive 10% discount on all foods and hand-crafted drinks by showing a Ryerson One card at this location.
Address: 351 Yonge Street, Toronto
Chinese food lunch specials are synonymous with cheap eats. Not Just Noodles has a $6 lunch special that comes with soup, chicken fried rice, an egg roll, and whatever protein of the day there is. Choose between General Tao’s chicken and Black Bean Beef on Fridays or Ginger Onion Chicken and General Tao’s tofu on Wednesdays. There are so many options to choose from for only $6.
Address: 570 Yonge Street, Toronto