Glasgow’s student population has some new inductees this month, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
And while it’s important to learn the basics such as washing, ironing and where you can order cheap shots on Sauchiehall Street – you’ve also got to know the best student eateries.
These wallet-friendly restaurants will be your saving grace through your time in Glesga, dishing you up tasty fare to share with new friends as well as helping to fight hangovers.
Trans Europe Cafe
Offering up European vibes from Parnie Street, Trans Europe Cafe is perfect mix between tasty upmarket breakfast and the no-nonsense approach of a greasy spoon. You’ll be hard pushed to find a better value place with vibes this cool.
25 Parnie St, G1 5RJ / more info
Bloc’s main menu is a cheap-but-tasty mixture of burgers and hot dogs (including some much celebrated veggie options) but it’s their daily deals which really make it a student’s friend. From sirloin steaks for a fiver, to £3 macaroni cheese – there’s always a deal available.
117 Bath St, G2 2SZ / more info
Lucky 7 Canteen
Describing themselves as the ‘lovechild of an empty tummy and a fragile bank balance’, Lucky 7 Canteen is all about big, tasty and affordable. A mixture of deep south mains and tasty-topped burgers make up their main menu – while the pre-theatre is a steal with two courses for £10.77. You’ll be full to the brim.
166 Bath St, G2 4TB / more info
If meaty offerings aren’t really your thing, then you may feel more at home at Mono. This all-vegan hangout is committed to tasty pizza and really shows what’s possible with those restrictions.
12 King’s Court, G1 5RB / more info
Eastern taste meets Western presentation at Kimchi Cult. The West End eatery offers Korean Food with an American twist all at very reasonable prices. Their trademark ‘Kimchi Cult Special’ burger (beef burger, kimchi, cheese, bacon and mustard) is a must for budding burger enthusiasts.
14 Chancellor St, G11 5RQ / more info
An ultra-hip West End hangout which backs up all that style with good food and a relaxed vibe. The lunch menu is particularly good value with packed sandwiches, steak pies and burgers all coming under a tenner.
17 Vinicombe St, G12 8SJ / more info
Nice N Sleazy
Maybe more known as one of Sauchiehall’s late-night hangouts, Nice N’ Sleazy recently let Mexican food specialists The Squid & Whale into their kitchen and the results have proved hugely popular. There’s a number of burritos and tacos toppings to choose from, put together by a team who seriously know their cuisine.
421 Sauchiehall St, G2 3LG / more info
Republic Bier Halle
A firm city favourite, this Bavarian themed bar is a no-frills establishment offering good grub and two-pint steins. Alongside the formidable authentic schnitzels, the two-for-one pizza deal is an absolute must for any hungry students.
7-9 Gordon St, G1 3PL / more info
Babu Bombay Street Kitchen
Babu Bombay is all about Indian street food dished up quickly and tastily. The West Regent Street restaurant is reasonably priced, and their lunch options are even cheaper if you’re getting it to go. Even if you’re going for the full works, with a home style curry from their evening menu, you’re unlikely to stray over a tenner.
186 W Regent St, G2 4RU / more info
Another eatery upping Glasgow’s street food game, Bar Soba have three restaurants across the city which offer extremely tasty South East Asian cuisine. Students would be be wise to take advantage of their student deal of two-for-one on main meals from Monday through to Friday afternoon.
Various locations / more info
Where the Monkey Sleeps
If you’re looking for packed-out lunch options, then look no further. When the Monkey Sleeps has a mighty number of panini, bagel and toastie fillings available – to be scoffed right away or taken away.
182 W Regent St, G2 4RU / more info
Cafe Strange Brew
This Shawlands establishment is all about keeping it ‘strange’, and their menu is an impressively eclectic mix – from slow cooked brisket to west coast mussels. It’s a a mixture of laid-back atmosphere, top end foodie options and extremely reasonable prices.
1109 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 3YG / more info
Bread and Butter
Taking it back to the old school, or the canteen at least. Bread and Butter is tasty food served up on canteen-style trays – with freshly baked pizzas to boot. It’s all about big portions and small prices, which is exactly what you’re after in the week before your student loan comes in.
74 Buchanan St, G1 3AJ / more info
Specialising in taking the animal out of your meal, what makes this Renfield Street establishment a true stand-out is the Scots-Mexican ‘Macarrito’, a burrito topped with macaroni cheese that they’re fairly sure they invented. We think it sounds too weird not to work.
142 Renfield St, G2 3AU / more info
Philadelphia Fish & Chicken Bar
As we started with a breakfast option, it’s only fitting that we close with a late night chipper. The ‘Philly’ is something of a fish and chip institution and is one of the city’s most popular 2am spots. Have you really done Glasgow, if you haven’t been to Philly?
(445 Great Western Rd, G12 8HH / more info)