Leeds' Campus Best Eats

By Beannah Olding

If you’re budget aware like me, you probably think that buying food on campus is not something you’ll do unless it’s because you’ve just had three shots of tequila at Old Bar and are looking to satisfy those tipsy munchies. Well, I’m sorry to inform you, but you’re probably wrong. After waking up hungover for a 9am lecture with a splitting headache, you’re not going to be as prepared for the day as you’d like to be. Luckily for you, there are some great eats on and around campus.

Best Nearby Coffee Shop: Episode 1

Location: Opposite the hospital, five minutes walk from the Edge and the Conference Auditorium

Price: £2.60 for a gorgeous flat white

Pros: Incredible coffee, independent business, great music

Cons: A little further from campus

Best Nearby Grab-and-Go: Bakery 164

Location: Opposite Parkinson Court

Price: £3.50 to £5.00 for a life-changing sandwich

Pros: Super delicious options (for vegans too), freshly baked bread, really close to Laidlaw Library

Cons: Gets crazy busy at lunchtime for such a narrow shop

Best on Campus Meal: Old Bar

Location: In the union, downstairs

Price: All day breakfast or lasagne for £6, sides for £3, cuppa tea for £1

Pros: At the heart of the union - take a pint with a meal and watch the footie

Cons: Gets pretty rammed which makes hard to find a table

Best Campus Pop-Up Eats: Monday Farmers' Market

Location: Outside the union every Monday, 9am to 4:30pm

Price: Very varied but always student budget friendly

Pros: Supports local businesses, dishes from various countries

Cons: You’ve got to find somewhere to sit afterwards, which can be tough at lunchtime