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More grub for your money

15 October 2015
More grub for your money
At uni, everyone starts with a carefully thought out budget and the promise of your first student loan landing heavily in your account. However, the first weeks pass in one big boozy blur and next thing you know you’re searching for bus fare down the side of the sofa. It’s happened to the best of us - don’t worry. But being on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t explore the City. With many restaurants wanting to tap into the student market, there are numerous deals and discounts to be had. So to help you out when you’re feeling hungry and baked beans just won’t do, we’ve put together a round up of some of the best to get you started on a delicious culinary journey which won’t send you into the red...

Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen

Famous for their street food ‘Feasts’ amongst other ventures, Belgrave has two resident street food stalls which offer some of the best slices and sliders around. You can pick up your half price slice from Dough Boys every day (Monday to Thursday 4 till 7 and 12 till 7 during the weekend) so you’ll have every excuse to try out each of their creative toppings. Plus Patty Smith’s do their Sunday special of buy 1 burger and get the 2nd for a pound which always proves particularly popular with those needing a pick me up after an eventful Saturday night.


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There are some questionable pizza takeaways in the student areas that will happily sell you a half frozen pizza covered in artificial cheese at a pumped up price. (Yes, I am talking from some regrettable experiences.) But with Tapped being only a £1 bus journey away you’d be a fool to waste your money on something sub par when this American style restaurant and bar on Boar Lane offers buy one get one half price on all pizzas every day before 5pm. Big Dan’s pizzas are made fresh with authentic ingredients and using the home brewed beer within their pizza dough for a soft hoppy hint are sure win with any foodie.

The Faversham

Student party palace The Faversham is a bit of a triple whammy with a restaurant serving home cooked meals using local produce as well as a well -stocked bar and outdoor eating area. Next to the University of Leeds campus in grassy surroundings, The Faversham rewards their membership card holders (free to sign up to online) with numerous enticing daily food deals including 30% off all food on Mondays and Fav Fish and Chip night on Tuesdays, with a posh version of the pub favourite, and beer/soft drink for £10.

Nation of Shopkeepers

As one of the original burger joints in Leeds, Nation of Shopkeepers (or ‘Nation’) is a hip haunt which specialises in tasty fast food dishes but also has a great bar and outdoor eating area. Most new student arrivals quickly clock on to the chilled out vibes and Tuesdays are particularly busy because of the 2 for 1 burger deal on all their colossal burger bites.

The Pit

Situated in the Leeds’ ‘Northern Quarter’ on Merrion Street The Pit takes you down into the depths of Leeds’ bar scene and into an underground bar and restaurant which serves an extensive range of bar snacks and meals. Although not the typical lunch spot, they have a tempting £5 lunch menu Monday to Friday as well as a £6.95 meal deal including a soft drink or coffee.


If you wanting something a bit more varied than the usual student staples of pizzas and burgers, Oranaise, situated on Hyde Park Corner, cooks up some of the most delicious North African cuisine around with their myriad of Moroccan inspired meals. Monday through to Thursday there is a 20% discount on food orders over £10 during lunch time (12-3pm) and then a two course early bird (5-7pm) meal deal in the evening with two courses available for £9.99 - a bargain price with dishes such as tagines and grilled meat skewers on the menu.

it Bar

Famed for its over the top take on burgers, it Bar is a chilled bar and restaurant hang out on New Briggate. Already reasonably priced, with regular drink deals, It Bar offers 50% off all food on Mondays and their timing couldn’t be more perfect for those with depleted funds after a heavy weekend.


Student favourite Humpit know how much students love a deal and despite already having very reasonable priced dishes, with their packed pittas at only £3.90, they are offering a free drink on orders over £3.90 when you quote Leeds Living, meaning you can pick up a deliciously free iced tea with your homemade falafel mezze or huge hummus pitta filled with all the trimmings and slathered in sauce.


A popular spot for society socials, Bierkeller can get pretty rowdy most nights of the week. You can often spot a drunken Fresher dancing on the tables so although their 2 4 1 deal on steins Tuesday to Friday might sound dangerous, at least there is also 25% off food to line your stomach!

Original Oak

With a legendary pub garden and cheap and cheerful pub grub, Original Oak is constantly teaming with students most nights of the week but their two meals for £7 deal proves particularly popular, offering huge portions for those with a big appetite and small budget. Meals within the deal include pub favourites such as pie and mash, fish and chips and veggie lasagne.

Black Swan

Here at Leeds Living we are huge fans of the top quality grub served up at the Black Swan. One of their most enticing draws is the 2 for 1 pizza deal they feature every Tuesday, meaning you and your mates can treat yourselves to some seriously luxury pizzas without feeling guilty about your dwindling student loan. Best of all, as the restaurant is located on Call Lane, a strip of classy cocktail bars, you could always use the money you’ve saved on 2 for 1 cocktails at Mook bar just across the road.

Bangkok Thai

Potentially the best take away on Hyde Park corner, Bangkok Thai freshly prepares their authentic Thai street food dishes in front of your eyes on with their huge woks. Their pad Thais are particularly delicious with a spicy kick and generous helping with a selection of curries and fish and meat based chef specials. Monday to Thursday you can claim 20% off orders over £30 - ideal if you’re ordering as a flat or with mates.

Becky Peartree is our resident food writer and is in her final year at Leeds University where she studies English Literature.