Vancouver Cheap Eats: Top 5 for $5 for starving students

Dec 19 2017, 2:20 pm

Being a student is tough these days. From writing 20-page papers to pulling all-night cram sessions in the library, managing your ravenous stomach on a shoe-string budget will only add to the stress.  Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow can make your cheap eats quest easy, yummy and filling.  There is nothing like cheap fuel to get the study buzz going. 

BCIT (Downtown Campus)

It’s a good thing we eat with our eyes and not our ears, as we haven’t the slightest clue how to pronounce the name of this dish. The Jajangmyeon at E-Mo on Robson Street, which is just a few blocks from this Downtown campus, is just what you need to recharge between classes. This steaming hot bowl of flavorful black bean sauce over noodles is just $4.95.

Langara College

From Taiwanese Style Tempura to the Bean Thread with Minced Pork Soup (pictured above), we counted eight tasty dishes for fewer than five bucks at the Yuen-Yuen Café on 41st and Cambie. Just a 15 minute walk from campus and a five dollar bill is all that’s required.

SFU Harbour Center

In terms of location, it doesn’t get much more convenient than the food court located just a couple of escalator rides below Harbour Center. Among many of these gems you’ll find Casa Blanca, which serves up a Falafel Sandwich for $4.95 every day of the week.

Emily Carr

For all of you budding artists, Curry 2 U on Granville Island will keep the creative juices flowing. With an aroma that makes your mouth water as soon as you’re within five feet of the door, they offer daily specials that range from $3.50 to $5.50.

Vancouver Film School

There two things that are essential for every student to start their day: coffee and breakfast.

Luckily Bonchaz has both—and for cheap! You can nosh on a Toasty Slider for only $3.95. So whether it’s their Breakfast Trio (ham, cheddar, and egg) or the not-so-subtlety-named Heart Attack (bacon and brie), you’re good to tackle on whatever your prof sends your way.

For all you UBC students you can check out our cheap eats article for the UBC main campus.

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Photo Credits: #1 Cheap Appetite; #2 Chow Times #3 Casa Blanca There is Always Room; #4 Curry 2 U; #5 Bonchaz

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