Let’s face it, settling into uni is exhausting enough. You have to find somewhere to live and remember to go to lectures and tutes. You have a never-ending series of pub crawl commitments, and the free O Week BBQs can only last for so long. Sometimes the stress of finding cheap food can be enough to drive you back to your subpar high school canteen.
Thankfully, Parkville’s got you covered. Everyone knows students are poor, and there are a whole bunch of places that adjust their prices accordingly. Here are some of the failsafe, go-to ones to head to when your stomach starts burbling uncontrollably (most often in quiet lecture theatres).
EGG SAKE – Basement Union House
Huge range of authentic Japanese cuisine, hot and cold, and two separate menus: special order on the left, bento on the right.
VEGI PATCH – Ground floor, Union House
With plenty of bread and filling options, Vegi Patch offers cheap lunch options, hot food, sandwiches, rice rolls and smoothies.
FOOD COOP – Level 1, Union House
A not-for-profit, member-owned and volunteer supported organisation that provides minimally processed food. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options for hot lunch, pies, burgers, muffins, brownies, cakes and muesli slices, together with sweet treats, teas and spices.
HOHO’S CANTEEN – Outside Union House
American and Italian food for breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks. Pasta, salads, frittatas, house baked peanut butter cookies and more.
PRONTO PIZZA – Outside Union House
Carbs galore: Pasta, bureks, croissants, cheesecakes, and of course, a large assortment of pizza slices including vegetarian options.
FARMERS MARKET – Outside Union House
Our University of Melbourne Farmers’ Market is dedicated to seasonal Victorian food and producers, biodiversity and sustainable farming practices. Find it at Union Lawn every Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm during semester.
Obviously this list is far from exhaustive. Just walk into Union House and you’ll be swamped with choices.
But I have to say, that’s the fun part: exploring your campus and its surrounds, and compiling your own tailored list. There’s something for everyone — enjoy finding your own fit!