University students are always on the lookout for that holiest of grails, free (or inexpensive) food. No matter the reason, 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 and 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.
CAFÉ is like crowdsourcing for free food. When students find events or places offering free food, they’re quick to post them on this Facebook group, to ease their fellow students’ hunger.
For a free cup of fair trade coffee, tea or hot chocolate, take your reusable mug to the station set up every Monday from 8 a.m. to noon on the second floor of FSS. What a great way to kick off a new week.
Located nearby at 212 Somerset Street East, this non-profit vegetarian and vegan restaurant is run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Every fall, 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.
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.
Tuition, textbooks, rent, extracurricular activities — university costs 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.
Eating on a budget can be tricky. The University of Ottawa is resource rich when it comes to free food. Although not all meals can be had for free, finding free food on campus is an adrenaline rush and, with this list in hand, an attainable goal.