10 Cheap Montreal Restaurants Close To University Campuses

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10 Cheap Montreal Restaurants Close To University Campuses

When finals season approaches, students get stressed. We have all sorts of ways to deal with the pressure, but food never fails to do the trick. Don’t break the bank calming your nerves. We’ve compiled a list of places to satisfy your cravings without emptying your wallets.

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Super Sandwich

Where: 1115 Rue Sherbrooke

Campus: McGill University

Hidden in a dep in the basement of the Le Cartier Building, this spot has some of the best deli sandwiches in the city. With every sandwich costing $4 or less including tax, Super Sandwich is a great place to grab a quick lunch after class without straining your budget. The $2.75 egg salad sandwich is a particularly noteworthy bargain.

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Joe’s Panini

Where: 1404 Rue Drummond

Campus: Concordia University

Need a freshly grilled sandwich at 5 AM after a long night of studying? This joint is here for you. With paninis featuring diverse fillings such as Nutella, Philly Cheesesteak, and cappicoli, you won’t have any trouble finding the right way to feed your jones. At $5.50 a piece, they won’t put too much of a dent in your savings, either.

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Montreal Pool Room

Where: 1200 Boulevard St-Laurent

Campus: UQAM

At just $1.35 for one of their legendary “steamies,” you can’t beat this greasy spoon as far as bang for your buck. Even better, for not much more they’ll throw some poutine on it for a hefty dose of Montreal’s trashy-but-delicious offerings. The location across the street from Café Cleopatra and next door to the Sexotheque makes for an interesting mix of clintele, and a great change of scenery from your books.

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Boustan

Where: 2020 Rue Crescent

Campus: Concordia University

Montreal is overflowing with restaurants offering shish taouk (chicken sandwiches wrapped in pita), but Boustan stands alone as the place to go for one. Concordia students love to come here for their garlic sauce, a creamy and delicious treat that they’ll happily heap on your sandwich or your potatoes. Get a tasty overview of their menu with “The Creation,” an off-the-menu item that puts chicken, egg, potatoes, and eggplant inside of a pita.

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Restaurant Mavi

Where: 5327 Avenue Gastineau

Campus: Université de Montréal

Look no further for Portuguese food in Montreal. Delicious grilled chicken, sardines, and chorizo are a great way to eat your stress away. Better yet, all of their protein options come with salad, rice, and some of the city’s best fries. You’ll have to wait a bit, but it’s a small price to pay for food this good.

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Buns

Where: 2855 Rue St-Catherine

Campus: Concordia University

The menu isn’t deep here. It’s just burgers, fries, and shakes. But they put everything they’ve got into their limited range of options. At just $5 for a burger, you’ll still have enough cash for one after a night of getting ready for that big exam. As a bonus, they’ll throw a slice of mozzarella on it for no additional cost.

Le Viet Sandwich

Where: 292 Rue St-Catherine

Campus: McGill University

One of the city’s better cheap Vietnamese joints. $4 will buy you almost any of their delicious pork, chicken, seafood, or vegetarian sandwiches. It’s sure-fire bet to satisfy your Banh Mi craving and give you the fuel you need to do your last bit of cramming.

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Hinnawi Bros Bagel and Cafe

Where: 372 Rue Sherbrooke

Campus: UQAM

There’s no wrong way to take in one of Montreal’s legendary bagels, but eating them as part of a sandwich is one of the better options. Sure, Hinnawi will help you get your typical lox and cream cheese fix. But if you’re looking to branch out, try their Argentina bagel, which comes piled with filet mignon, peppers, tomatoes, eggs, lettuce, and mozzarella. UQAM students love to grab these between classes.

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Boucherie Atlantique

Where: 5060 Cote-des-neiges

Campus: Université de Montréal

Looking to get some meat on the go? This European delicatessen is here to help you out. They've become a hit with U de M students for their Melangé Maison, a mixture of German cold cuts. It's a great way to sample their various offerings. The roast beef sandwich is pretty awesome too. If you’re willing to try something a little different, go for the pork-neck roast. You won’t regret it.

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McGill Pizza

Where: 625 Rue Milton

Campus: McGill University

The perfect place when you need a cheap combination of cheese, carbs, and grease. McGill Pizza has become an institution in the McGill Ghetto thanks to its speedy service and informal atmosphere. It’s great for grabbing a slice on the go, or sitting down with friends when you don’t feel like paying too much.

Burritoville

Where: 2055 Rue Bishop

Campus: Concordia University

Meat-lovers and vegetarians alike will find plenty to eat at this meatless Mexican restaurant. Concordia students love to feast on their signature burritos filled with cheese, salsa, rice, and different combinations of veggies and beans. Pop in on Monday nights and you’ll also get to watch amateur performers throw down at one of the city’s best open mic nights.

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Vua Sandwiches

Where: 1579 Rue St-Denis

Campus: UQAM

It’s pretty hard to go wrong with a $3.25 Banh Mi, and Vua provides just that. If sandwiches aren’t your thing, you’ll still find something to satisfy your craving between their sushi and their sesame desert balls. If you're in the library late and are looking for a great deal, stop by after 9 pm for 30% off all of their to-go items.

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Café Santropol

Where: 3990 Rue St-Urbain

Campus: McGill University

If you’re in the mood for a sandwich but don’t want the usual deli fare, Santropol just might do the trick. Their wide variety of cream cheese fillings, slabbed between two thick slices of hearty bread, make for a popular offering just minutes from McGill. A particular crowd favorite is the Killer Tomato, which combines cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, basil, and garlic.

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Restaurant Nilufar

Where: 1923 Rue St-Catherine

Campus: Concordia University

Nilufar claims to have the best falafels in Montreal, and it’s pretty hard to disagree with them. At just $1.29 for a pita sandwich, they offer them at student-friendly prices, too. If meat is more your thing, they also do great shish taouks and shawarmas, each for just $2.49.

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On December 30, 2021, François Legault announced a handful of restrictions across Quebec, which included the closure of indoor dining and places of worship, and the postponement of a return to in-person learning at schools in the new year. In a January 13 Facebook post, Legault confirmed elementary and high school students would be returning to class as of Monday, January 17. But what about university students?

Montreal CEGEPs and universities also reverted to remote learning, however, things are looking a little different for students returning to in-person classes at post-secondary institutions. Premier Legault stated in a January 12 post that while universities could reopen their doors as of the 17th, they are being given extra leeway to determine the exact date in which in-person classes could resume.

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