Let's face it, living life on a student budget leaves little room to splash around cash eating out. Never fear, we here at The Urban List have been there and done that, so we've put together a little list of the best cheap eats for students. Your wallet may be a little light, but there's no need to skimp on your social life.
Keep on scrollin' down for the best cheap eats for students in Sydney!
Tre Viet | Newtown
Tre Viet is a Newtown institution offering extremely tasty Vietnamese cuisine. They're famous for their generous portions of ph? bo topped with succulent beef and the usual suspects of Thai basil, lime, bean sprouts, onions, chili and coriander (yum!). We also love their BBQ beef in betel leaf, as well as salt and pepper tofu or squid. Get in on the cooking action and order the make your own fresh spring rolls – they're delish and easy on the wallet too!
Malay-Chinese Takeaway | CBD
The queues outside of this CBD staple are a mile long and for good reason. Despite its humble setting, the Malay-Chinese Takeaway is famed for its laksa and curries, and that's what we're here for! Head on down for an extremely cheap meal but be sure to get in early to avoid the queues.
The Norfolk | Surry Hills
The Norfolk on Cleveland Street offers up so many good deals every night of the week, we're considering moving closer. One of Surry Hills' most popular pubs, dig into Monday Mucho Nachos ($10!) or get your fill on Three-dollar Taco Tuesdays. Yep, you heard right… $3. Other nights of the week bring their own specials, so no matter what, there's a delicious (and cheap) deal for you. Don't forget the excellent array of drink deals too… Bloody Marys, Margaritas and Tequila Sunrises… Oh my! It's time to get your Mexican on.
Ryo's Noodles | Crows Nest
Housed within a bright orange building, Ryo's even-brighter yellow interior is home to some of Sydney's best Japanese ramen. Whether you're a chicken or a pork lover, Ryo's ramen is a firm favourite for noodle soup fans all over Sydney. We're also partial to the karaage (Japanese fried chicken) and gyoza (dumplings) – if you can fit them in! Get in early to get a seat and feel like you're in Japan for just a little while as you tuck into some seriously good ramen.
Shakespeare Hotel | Surry Hills
Home to the $12.50 meal, Shakespeare Hotel will hook you up with a really good feed. Head upstairs, plonk yourself down into the comfy mismatched chairs and get your belly ready for some tasty (and cheap) eats. The classic chicken schnitzel, steaks and barramundi are all good, but this winter we're warming up with lamb shanks served with mash and salad. There are burgers, pork sliders and chicken wings for all you meat lovers, whilst the vegetarian quinoa salad is a winner for our vegetarian friends.
Gigi Pizzeria | Newtown
Gigi Pizzeria is one of only 5 restaurants in Sydney to be certified by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association for its authentic Neapolitan styled pizzas. An inexpensive meal to boot, there's little wonder why Gigi made our list of cheap eats for uni students. Fulfilling the list of requirements (trust us, it's long) set out by the Naples institution, Gigi's pizza dough and toppings has patrons lined up around the block. The classic margherita, three mushrooms and potato with rosemary, garlic and truffle oil pizzas are a few of our favourites.
Mamak | Chatswood
Mamak in Chatswood brings to Sydney some truly authentic and cheap Malaysian street-style food. Do yourself a favour and order their freshly made roti - crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside served with delicious dipping curry sauces and spicy sambal, it's easy to see why this is one of their most popular dishes. Mamak is also well known for their satay with their sweet and spicy peanut sauce that's served with charcoal chicken or beef skewers. While you're there, get your hands on one of Malaysia's much-loved national dishes like nasi lemak, nasi goreng or mee goreng. You'll feel just as though you're traipsing along Kuala Lumpur's famed food street, Jalan Alor.
The Rose Hotel | Chippendale
Chippendale's, The Rose Hotel, does a very good job of living up to it's claim of quality, affordable and delicious pub grub (we love it!). With its $12 lunches and $15 weekday dinners The Rose is one of the best cheap eats in Sydney. From classic pub staples like steaks to lighter salad options, The Rose has you covered. We promise you a full tummy that won't leave you out of pocket!
Blossom Lotus | Newtown
Offering a wide variety of vegan versions of traditional Thai delights, Blossom Lotus in Newtown is a serious contender on our list of Sydney cheap eats. Get stuck into some curries and stir fries with brown rice or soy noodles and don't forget to order the dumplings (and lots of them!).
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