“Eating ice cream and not exercising is great. The downside is your health isn’t so good.” – Jeff Bridges
It’s 10am on Thursday Morning, Middle of October.
You’ve just come out of your 2nd year Geography Class, and you’re starving due to a late night of studying and therefore a late start to your day. The only problem? You’re tight on funds, and the amount of studying you’ve poured into your Mid-Term has left you without the time to go grocery shopping to cook for yourself before your next class, or even plan your meals for the rest of the day.
So, what do you do?
If you’re being health conscious, the Wellness Center on the 1st Floor of the Irving K Barber Learning Center has some great Tips and Tricks on how to eat with nutrition and wellness in mind, and they do a great job of keeping one’s entire well-being in focus.
Alternatively, UBC Food Services has a handy Map that can help you find their closest location for a snack.
But, despite these great resources, I understand that for some part of the problem of eating on campus as a student is finding food that fits your budget. Not only does this mean trying to eat healthy, but also getting the most bang for your buck!
So, without further ado, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 food deals on campus.
1. The Muffin and Coffee Combo at Blue Chip Cookies. ($3.50, plus tip!)
The great thing about Blue Chip Cookies is that they make the most delicious muffins throughout the entirety of Campus. Not only are they beefy in size, they come in 3-4 varieties, and when mixed with a mouthful of hot fresh coffee, they’re sublime. The coffee is standard fare, but is a good portion for the price. The only catch is that if you provide your own beverage container, you get a 15 cent discount, but if you use one of their disposable cups, you pay 10 cents more. Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building/SUB
2. Pie R Squared Pizza Slices ($2.50 each, tax included)
Pizza around UBC is a dime a dozen, but often the price outweighs the quality. Pie R Squared is hit and miss, but a far cry better than most. Some of their pizzas are incredible, such as their Perogie pizza or their Mexican Beef pizza. Others are merely so-so. But at $2.50 a slice for a fairly large slice, anybody on a student’s budget can’t complain. Part of getting a good piece of pizza is luck, and part is skill, as wandering by and eyeing up the current pizza slices on display is something most UBC-ers have grown accustomed to when deciding on lunch. During the day there’s a wide selection, and usually enough traffic that you can guarantee freshness. At night it’s a different story, but the price alone is often enough to draw you in regardless. Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building/SUB.
3. The Delly’s Wraps, Hot Case Items, and Friday ‘Free-For-All’ Sales. (Wraps are $5.50 plus tax, Free For All Sales Vary.)
Any student can appreciate a good wrap. The Mexican Chicken and Teriyaki Wraps are favorites, and as its $5.50 for a decently sized wrap, and under $5 for most other Hot Case Items, the lineups at lunch stretch into the halls. While these prices are good on their own, every Friday at around 3:00PM, the Delly liquidates all it’s stock for the weekend, meaning discounts up to 50% on almost everything in the business. The trick is to get there quick or not at all, as the sale draws in students so quick that the shelves are rendered barren within the first half hour, and the best hot case items like the Tandoori Chicken Samosas vanish just as rapidly. Located in the basement of the Student Union Building/SUB.
4. Subway 5 Dollar Footlongs. ($5 plus tax.)
You choose your main meat, and then add veggies and condiments and cheese on after. Because veggies and condiments are free, a student can load up on these without fear of breaking the bank. And both can easily fit into one’s calorie budget as well! Just a forewarning, the Subway in the SUB does NOT offer any deals or promotions, INCLUDING the $5 footlong deal. Make the hike over to the village to save yourself some money. Located in the UBC Village, next to the Bank of Montreal.
5. Triple O Tuesdays. ($3.33 Plus Tax.)
This one is fairly basic. You get an original White Spot Legendary Burger for $3.33, with all that it brings. You can probably get a far better, (albeit more lavish than reality) description on White Spot’s website, so I won’t try to outdo them. This deal ONLY takes place on Tuesdays, so check your calendar. As a warning, this one is so popular that the lineup often stretches out the door and a little ways into the street! Located on Main Mall, in the same building as the Sauder School of Business.
6. Stir it Up Cafe/Ike’s Cafe. (Coffee Under $2.00 depending on size, Prepacked Sandwiches under $5.00 depending on type.)
While many students love the hot entrees that change every day at these UBC operated food Outlets, the more price reasonable options are the drip coffee and the ThinkRight prepackaged sandwiches. They’re the same as you’d get at any large chain grocery store, and for about the same price. Most of their other fare is too expensive, as Paninis and Wraps can go over $6. Located on the 2nd floor of Irving K. Barber Library.
7. Honour Roll’s Late Night 2 For 1 Deals. (Two For One.)
The Honour Roll is the sushi place in the basement of the SUB. While they only offer prepackaged sushi, (made that day,) for average prices, later in the day they sometimes put on 2 for 1 sales to get rid of the rest of their stock. Having two orders of California Rolls for the price of one is definitely a bonus. Wasabi and Pickled Ginger Included! Located in the Basement of the Student Union Building/SUB.
8. The Gallery’s Prepacked Salad Mixers. ($4.75 plus tax)
The Gallery’s entrees are fairly pricey for what you get, but their fresh daily mixed cups of Couscous, Black Beans and Corn, and other such veggie staples are of decent portions and come in a nifty round container that you can totally reuse! They’re a liquor primary establishment however, so have to meet all the BC Liquor laws. That means that if you’re under 19, you might not get into the lounge itself to even order if a bouncer is present. Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building/SUB.
9. Bernoulli’s Day Old Bagels. (95 cents each.)
Bernoulli’s Bagels on the second floor of the SUB is famous for it’s extremely long waits for orders and delicious menu items. But what isn’t well advertised is that they sell packages of day old bagels for cheap. Definitely a good deal if you get the bag into the freezer, as they can last months! Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building/SUB.
10. Sprouts on Fridays. (by donation)
This would be much higher in the list if it weren’t for the competitive edge that it takes! Just bring your own reusable container to Sprouts between 11:30am and 1:30pm in the basement of the SUB for a cheap (and healthy) meal. This has become extremely popular as a result though, and sometimes Sprouts can fill up and run out quick depending on the time of the school year. Options vary as well, as much of the food is provided via goods that would otherwise be thrown out, and other low cost options. Located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building/SUB.
Remember, it’s only safe to assume that starving yourself isn’t a great way to improve your academics. Your body needs energy to power your brain.
Most vertebrate species devote between 2% and 8% of basal metabolism to the brain. In primates, however, the fraction is much higher—in humans it rises to 20–25%.
So remember, every food item you do put in your body during the day is actively powering your brain!