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Cheap Eats For International Students Around Australia

Cheap Eats For International Students Around Australia

In a perfect world, we would spend our time enjoying the fine dining and cuisine offered by Australia’s  most indulgent restaurants.

You know, those restaurants that require forking out most or half of your bank account balance.

However, there is a way out and options available to international students to be able to enjoy tasty and cheap food in Australia.

There are many cheap restaurants in Australia that serve up tasty food at prices that won’t leave a hole in your finances.

Here are some of the cheap eats bargains around Australia for international students:


Ho Jiak Haymarket
92 Hay St
Sydney 2000

If you’re craving authentic Malaysian food, save your airfares and head to Haymarket.

The char koay teow here is spectacular: the smell and taste of juicy Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, egg, green onion and charred flat rice noodles are irresistible.

Banh Xeo Bar
Shop 11
The Cannery
61 Mentmore Ave
Rosebery Sydney 2018

A Vietnamese diner in Sydney’s south offers unique takes on the classics including coconutty pancakes, crunchy pig’s head nuggets and fresh banh mi. The other must-order is the beef noodle soup from Central Vietnam that is a cousin to the more famous pho.

El Jannah
4-6 South St
Granville Sydney 2141

It’s rare to fill two bellies for a twenty dollar bill plus some shrapnel in Sydney, but at this beloved chicken shop a whole charcoal chook, garlic sauce, pickles and bread is a meal for a king on a pauper’s budget.


Good Times
214 St Georges Road
Fitzroy North VIC 3068

The pasta spot where drawing on the table is encouraged. If that’s not your thing, the $9 pasta, $9 Negronis and $9 carafes of wine might be.

Half Moon Cafe
13 Victoria Street
Coburg VIC 3058

Egyptian falafel and a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere.

To’s Bakery
122 Hopkins Street
Footscray VIC

The most expensive bahn mi is $6.


Ben’s Burgers
5B Winn Lane, Winn Street, Fortitude Valley

The public picked Ben’s Burgers as their cheap eat spot of choice, most likely due to the fact that its burgers are reasonably inexpensive (a burger, chips and beer will only cost you $20) but also because of the very tasty burger.

Shop 9/1 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill

A takeaway salad from Red Hill’s Botanica will last you two meals and only costs $12. Botanica’s bonus is the variety so you will rarely see yourself doubling up (unless you find a sure-fire favourite).

697 Brunswick Street, New Farm

This graffiti-adorned haunt puts a rock-and-roll spin on its menu, with delicious comfort food up for grabs. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the Hellbound kitchen pumps out serves of its hot wings for 50 cents a wing. Grab some loose change and chow down.


EL Publico
511 Beaufort Street, Highgate.

El Publico has offered a colourfully authentic trail for Perth’s Mexican food-loving fraternity for six years. Thehead chef Jaeyoon Bok has a certain way with kingfish aguachile — citrus-cured seafood — and battered fish tacos. You will also love the masa flour duck.

749 Newcastle Street, Leederville.

Since doubling its footprint two years ago, Pinchos has continued to keep things fresh and lively, ensuring the traditional pintxos bar is always spilling over with people. Another reason to drop in early are the $1 to $3 skewered bites that edge the bar during the Monday-to- Thursday happy hour.

45 Grantham Street, Wembley.

They offer some sensational, wood-fired pizzas and the arrosticini is not to be missed. Also, the salty lamb skewers are seriously addictive. The handmade pasta also competes for attention — we love the truffle oil-dressed pappardelle carbonara.


Comida Tapas Bar
Stall 11, Adelaide Central Market, Gouger Street, Adelaide SA

Cheapest Food: Manchego – Sheep’s milk cheese served with quince and rye $4

Sit Lo
30 Bank St, Adelaide SA

Cheapest Food: Cold rolls $3.5 each

The Beigelry
Shop 19, Topham Mall, Adelaide SA

Cheapest Food: Bagel with schmear $4


Small-fry Hobart
3/129 Bathurst St, Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania

CUISINES: Coffee and Tea, Cafe Food

Jack Greene Bar
47 Salamanca Pl, Hobart

CUISINES: Burger, Bar Food

Fish Frenzy
Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart

CUISINES: Seafood, Healthy Food, Fish and Chips


Sari Rasa
U 6 24 Cavenagh St, Darwin

Asian Indonesian Vegetarian Friendly Halal

Roast and Noodle
37-39 Smith St Shop 15 The Galleria Shopping Centre, Darwin,

Chinese Asian

Darwin Laksa
1 Maria Liveris Drv Mindil Beach Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin

Malaysian Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options


Turkish Halal Pide House
47 Novar St Yarralumla, Canberra

Turkish Middle Eastern Fast food Vegetarian-Friendly Halal Gluten Free Options

Tikka Take
21 Genge St Shop 6, Canberra

Indian Asian Street Food Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options Gluten Free Options

Dickson Asian Noodle House

29 Woolley St, Canberra

Asian Thai Malaysian Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options

Strategies For Eating On A Budget

Having options for places to eat cheap as an international student is great, but what if you are on a very limited budget so that eating out at any price is almost not an option?

Here are some money-saving tips that you can implement to help you keep your budget and cost of living in check:

  • Make simple and cheap meals with cheap cuts of meat. For example, you can buy a chuck steak cut for less than $10. Cook it together with some vegetable for 1-2 hours in a casserole dish and you have a healthy cheap meal.
  • Buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. With these, you can easily rustle up some meals that are not only but also cheap and healthy.
  • Go for discounted products or those that are on special. These are usually the ones that are close to the use by date. You will be surprised how much savings you can make by doing this.
  • Choose to shop at the supermarkets and not corner or convenience stores. the price difference is usually a lot and you can save more this way.
  • Learn to compare prices with different brands of the same product. A good tip is to go for the store/home brands as they are almost the same as some of the more expensive branded products.
  • Make your own snacks – you will be surprised at how much you can save when you choose to make your snacks such as crackers, cookies and other pastries by yourself.

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