15 student-friendly eateries in Edinburgh
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The cupboards are bare. The fridge is empty apart for a half tin of beans, a can of Tennents and some old milk.

The thought of nipping to the Co-op for a shop is giving you a migraine, so where does a hardworking Edinburgh student go when they’ve been cooped up in the Uni library all day and all they want is some good, cheap scran?

Luckily, we have a list of 15 eateries that offer good value, that will reward you after a hard days work and won’t pinch your student loan too hard.

Union of Genius

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Union of Genius offers seriously good value with its lovingly made, locally sourced food. The cafe serves up six different soups each day, with flavours catering to carnivores (Ghanian chicken and peanut curry) and vegans (cardamon and black tea).

8 Forrest Road, EH1 2QN, unionofgenius.com/

Himalaya Cafe

A great place to go and relax after a hard day’s study, the pleasant setting is matched by the equally pleasant Tibetan hosting. Momo’s, Nepalese wrap’s and Thukpa make up a delicious Himalayan themed menu.

20 South Clerk Street, EH8 9PR, facebook.com/Himalaya-shopcafe

Mosque Kitchen

Something of an Edinburgh institution, Mosque Kitchen has been dishing up delicious curry for hungry Edinburghers since 2001. Chicken curry plus a veg curry and a rice costs only £6, and the generous portions mean you won’t leave hungry..

31-33 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX,  mosquekitchen.com

Nile Valley Cafe

Best Lunch Ever! #felafel #falafel #mediterranean #arab #food #ilovethis #edinburghsunnoficialfavouritesnack

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Conveniently located for Edinburgh uni students, the Nile Valley Cafe serves up a delicious variety of African cuisine including Sudanese wrap’s, falafel and fuul. Certainly makes a nice change from a generic supermarket meal deal.

6 Chapel Street, EH8 9AY, facebook.com/pages/The-Nile-Valley-Cafe


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Burrito joints seem to be popping up all over the city, but few are as liberal – or cheap for that matter – with their portioning as Taquito. £4 for a giant burrito sound good to you?

32 Home Street, EH3 9LZ, taquito.co.uk

10 to 10 in Delhi

This vibrantly coloured hang-out serves up simply tasty indian cuisine at a meagre price. The cosy setting makes for a great spot to meet friends for an eat and catch-up after a day of lectures and seminars.

67 Nicolson St, EH8 9BZ, facebook.com/10-to-10-in-delhi

Illegal Jacks

lunch 😍

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As well as plating up fantastic Mexican food, Illegal Jacks offers a great array of bottled beers. The perfect spot to head to if you’re starving and parched.

44-45 St Patrick Square, EH8 9ET, illegaljacks.co.uk/

The Auld Hoose

What yo call cheese that isn't yours @theauldhoose? Nacho cheese! #edinfoodclub

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Biggest portion of nachos in Edinburgh. Nothing more needs to be said.

23-25 St Leonards Street, EH8 9QN, theauldhoose.co.uk

The Baked Potato Shop

Baked Potato de desayuno.

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Vegan haggis and guacamole are some of the less traditional fillings served up at the centrally located tattie shop. But traditionalists need not worry as classic fillings like baked beans and chilli are also available, at this great lunch spot.

56 Cockburn Street, EH1 1PB, facebook.com/thebakedpotatoshop

Ting Thai Caravan

This hip Thai haunt provides sublime value with its exquisite south-east Asian menu. A couple can easily eat here for under a tenner and leave feeling stuffed and satisfied.

Teviot Place, EH1 2RA, tripadvisor.co.uk/tingthaicaravan

The Bluebird Cafe

The jackfruit quesadillas are a must for any vegan scholars new to the city. And the to-die-for Ferrero Rocher and Nutella cheesecake means your non-vegan chums will be equally keen to visit the cheerful cafe.

5 Cannonmills, EH3 5HA, thebluebirdcafe-edinburgh.com


Pig out at either of these hog roast joints to celebrate a good exam result or soften the blow of a failed module; either way you’ll be leaving happier than when you arrived.

34 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW / 82 Canongate, EH8 8BZ, oinkhogroast.co.uk

Red Box Noodle Bar

Quick stop off for lunch at Red Box before an afternoon of studying 💪🤓

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Perfect for Edinburgh uni students who need to speed from one lecture to the other, due to its sharp service. Mix and match ingredients to make your dream stir fry and get you charged up for the afternoon of lectures ahead.

51 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB, redboxrestaurant.com

The Dogs

Stovies 😍

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This centrally located eatery offers high quality food at dirt cheap prices. Perfect for the skint student who’s looking for a bit more than the usual fast-food on offer within their price range.

110 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR, thedogsonline.co.uk

Storries Bakery

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Eat all the pies after a heavy night out at this 24-hour bakery located on Leith Walk. Your only regret the day after will be that you didn’t buy one for breakfast.

279 Leith Walk, EH6 8PD, facebook.com/Storries-Bakery

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