Free (or inexpensive) food is a holy grail among university students. If you want to know where to find it, here are a few places to try on campus (and nearby). If you know of other places that are super easy on the pocketbook, let us know and we’ll update this list.
This uOttawa-based food collective is staffed by student volunteers who offer healthy mostly vegan meals throughout the academic year. Meals are prepared every Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. in the Déjà Vu kitchen (Morisset, 2nd floor), with service starting at 11:30 a.m. Bring your reusable plates or containers — and consider helping out with the cooking if your morning is free.
SFUO Food Bank
Tuition, textbooks, rent, extracurricular activities — university costs sure add up. The SFUO Food Bank believes no student should have to choose between these expenses and food. Located in the basement of the University Centre, Room 0015, the food bank provides hampers with three days’ worth of food. You can only use the food bank once a month, but all you need is a student card and, if possible, some reusable grocery bags. The food bank is supported by donations and an annual food drive.
For a free cup of fair trade coffee, tea or hot chocolate, take your reusable mug to the station on the second floor of FSS every Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. What a great way to kick off the new week!
Located nearby uOttawa’s main campus at 212 Somerset Street East, this non-profit vegetarian/vegan restaurant is run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Every October, meals are offered free during Feed the World Week. At other times, the food is always affordable and environmentally friendly — and you can eat as much as you want.
CAFÉ crowdsources for free food at uOttawa. When students find events or places offering free food, they post the information to this closed Facebook group.
Meetings and events
Countless conferences, wine and cheese parties and networking events take place on campus. Many are abundant not only in learning but in free food (and maybe even a drink ticket or two) too. Also, general meetings organized by the SFUO or faculty student associations are almost always accompanied by free pizza.
Eating on a budget can be tricky. Although not all meals are free, finding free (or inexpensive) food while a uOttawa student is an attainable goal.