• These restaurants are the best places around the McGill campus to find cheap food that is still delicious.
  • From pizza to poutine, Japanese to Korean there's something on this list for everyone.
  • Endless sandwich options and even something for the vegans, let us lead you through your cheap lunch labyrinth, so you can go back to studying.

The McGill campus is a lovely place to walk around: there's a beautiful lawn, some nice flowers, and lots of places to sit and study or chat. What the campus seriously lacks is food options for students on a budget. Unlike its fellow anglo university, Concordia, McGill is not blessed with many cheap food options that are within walking distance of the library.

However, do not despair. There are quite a few hidden gems on or near campus that hungry students with $5 in their pocket can flock to once lunchtime rolls around. Places where the portions are big, the food is cheap, and the staff won't judge you for wearing sweatpants or ordering breakfast at 5:00 p.m.

Whether you're hunting for a place to grab a late-night snack after a night out, or just looking for a lunch option near campus that isn't a $15 smoothie, you should be able to find something on this list of cheap food near McGill University.

Zhonghua Noodles

Where: 908 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

When: Monday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This noodle place is great when you're craving a warm, spicy bowl of noodles. The small restaurant size means that it's probably best that you get take out and bring it back to McLennan. Libraries suck, but heading to the library with noods makes it a little better.

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Vua

Where: AXA Center, 2020 boulevard Robert-Bourassa

When: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Báhn Mì sandwiches are heaven in a toasted baguette. And Vua does them well: there are a ton of options for you to choose from, even if you're vegetarian. And, these hearty 10-inch sandwiches ring in at less than $6.

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Vinh's

Where: 845 Sherbrooke Ouest & 555 Sherbrooke Ouest

When: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Speaking of Báhn Mì, Vihn's is a classic on-campus option for hungry students. Their sandwiches are cheap, and they also have GIANT soup bowls and ridiculously cheap spring rolls.

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Yellow Door's Rabbit Hole Café

Where: 3625 rue Aylmer

When: Every second Friday during the academic year between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

This charitable organisation offers vegan meals to the Milton-Parc community at a super affordable price. Donating a bit more is highly encouraged if you can afford it, but it's a good place to go if you want to eat a lot for under $5. Bring a reusable container!

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Super Sandwich

Where: 1115 Sherbrooke Ouest

When: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Super Sandwich deserves its name because this institution is a gosh darn hero in the McGill community. You can get massive, super filling sandwiches for less than $5, and it's ready almost as soon as you give them your order. Plus, it's located in a dep, so you can grab some sides while you're there, also at a low price.

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Opiano

Where: 1115 Sherbrooke Ouest

When: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Opiano is the place to get good Korean food near campus. Whether you're craving bibimpap or a breakfast sandwich, they've got you covered, with big portions at small prices.

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Tim Horton's

Where: 674 Sherbrooke Ouest

When: Open 24 hours.

Yes, this is an obvious choice, but it's close, it's cheap and it's open 24/7. If you need coffee and some food at 3:00 a.m. to push through whatever assignment you decided to leave to the last minute well, this is your only option. Drink your ice capp, eat your bagel, and reflect on your life choices.

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Samosas

Where: All over campus.

When: Whenever you need them most.

McGill samosas are the lunch of choice for many students. You can find student groups selling their samosas pretty much every day around campus. The samosas are always $2 for 3, so you can fill up for less than the price of a nice coffee. On top of that, you can feel good about supporting student organisations and various charitable causes.

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Japote

Where: 1000 Sherbrooke Ouest

When: Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

This authentic Japanese restaurant serves lunch at unbeatable prices. If you need a lunchtime pick-me-up, you can get a HUGE plate of Japanese curry or Tori-don for less than $6.

More info.


McGill Pizza

Where: 625 rue Milton 

When: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ah, McGill Pizza. Not only does this joint have some delicious, greasy pizza, but they also do all-day breakfast. Though it is generally championed by hungover students after a night out, it's also a good place to grab lunch or dinner on a budget.

More info.


That completes the list of the cheapest food near McGill campus. Hope these options help you stay within your budget so that you can save some money to go to one of these great bars for first year students.

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