Our Student Guide to Leeds’s Cheap Eats

Leeds is home to a tantalising array of restaurants and takeaways, so as a student it can often be a tricky task to navigate which of these offerings are kind on your budget, and which are best to steer clear from.

Luckily, there are a growing number of budget friendly options for students; whether you fancy a slap up breakfast or a curry feast, you’re sure to find what suits your needs.

The Real Junk Food Project- an initiative to help curb the astronomical amount of food waste us Brits produce every year- has opened its very own pay-as-you-feel café in the heart of Armley. The Hub serves up a delicious selection of freshly cooked meals every day, so not only will you be getting your hands on some tasty grub, you will be making a difference in the fight against food waste AND saving a load of money in the meantime.


Too Good To Go is an app every student needs in their life. For a maximum of £3.80 and a measly minimum of £2, you can snap up a meal from some of the best restaurants in Leeds. Once again, not only will you satisfy your inner bargain hunter, you will also be playing a part in the food waste revolution- a winning situation if you ask me.

If you’re not sure what you fancy, Trinity Kitchen has a constantly evolving selection of tasty cheap eats, though long-standing firm favourites Pho and Tortilla are the perfect place to pick up a filling lunch under a tenner and never disappoints.

Belgrave Music Hall- with its comfy sofas, quirky roof terrace and awesome selection of craft ales- is also home to the legendary Dough Boys, with their hand-crafted pizzas sold half price for your first two slices until 7pm Sunday- Thursday and 5pm Friday and Saturday. If you fancy a juicy burger, Patty Smiths offers free chips with any burger on Fridays 11-5pm.


If Thai is what you’re after, My Thai in the city centre is a popular option as not only is everything on the menu under £10, it’s also fresh, fast and delicious. If you want to venture out of the city, Jino’s Thai Café in Headingley is a real gem; their bring your own drinks policy combined with a massive yet tasty menu has been attracting the students of Leeds for years.

For ‘The Full Latin Experience’, family-run Casa Columbiana never fails to deliver. Tucked away in the Grand Arcade, you can treat yourself to a decadently rich chilli con carne for just £6.95 whilst you take in the aromas of freshly ground Columbian coffee beans.

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