The Bok Shop

Student-friendly places to eat in Brighton

For students in Brighton trying to save a little money, these budget-friendly eats will be just what you’re looking for. The city has endless options, so there’s no need to worry about eating the same thing for days in a row. We’ve listed a few of our best picks, so keep reading if you need some inspiration for your next meal out. 

As You Like It – North Road

As You Like It is a tiny treasure in the heart of Brighton. They serve up takeaway sandwiches, toasties, and most famously, jacket potatoes. A jacket potato with your choice of toppings will set you back no more than £3.50. It is probably the most budget-friendly lunch you can get. With a pretty good selection of toppings as well as fillings for sandwiches, you’re definitely going to leave feeling satisfied. It may even be worth picking up one of the sweet treats on offer. For such a low price, there’s little reason not to!

Wai Kika Moo Kau – North Laines 

If a vibrant breakfast is what you’re after, stop at Wai Kika Moo Kau in the North Laines. Promoting themselves as a vegetarian-friendly spot, you’ll be pleased to find a menu full of both vegan and vegetarian meals, each with a special house twist. The ultimate vegetarian comfort food, including soups, burgers and burritos, to mention just a few. Their classic full breakfast comes with all the fixings and is available on both the breakfast and lunch menus. You’re all set, no matter what time of day it is. 

Pompoko – Church Street 

A well-known favourite of students and non-students alike, Pompoko is a fantastic, inexpensive Japanese restaurant and café hybrid which is sure to satiate cravings. With a sizable menu there’s no shortage of choices when it comes to picking what you’re in the mood for. All their plates, which include donburi, yakisoba, curry, and classic Japanese side dishes, come in substantial portion sizes. There is no compromise on quality here, so you’re certainly getting your money’s worth. 

Bills – North Road 

For a slightly more traditional, yet still casual dining experience, Bills is a reliable restaurant. They never fail to impress with their delicious dishes and affordable cocktails. Choose dishes from their very well-curated set menu for as low as £14.95 for two courses, and £17.95 for three. Don’t fancy anything from the set menus? Take a look at their à la carte menu, which is still quite reasonably priced.  

Iydea – North Laines 

Head over to Iydea in the North Laines for a taste of homemade, plant-based food made using natural ingredients, and for a very practical price. Pick from one of their many breakfasts from toast with a topping of choice to a Full English with vegan sausages and tofu scramble. Take a gander at their constantly changing lunch options. They range from katsu curry to falafel, along with a plethora of salads to accompany your main. They even have a brand-new soup on every single day. Iydea is a very apt spot for an affordable midday bite. 

The Bok Shop – East Street

The menu at The Bok Shop is inspired by London Style fried chicken. It shows off five house-made sauces that coat either chicken wings, chicken tenders or vegan tenders, as well as several different burgers and wraps. They are inspired by flavours from Asia and the Southern United States with their own Bok Shop flair. All burgers, wings and tenders are served with either fries or a salad. You can feel content for as little as £9.99 at The Bok Shop.

Foodilic – Western Road and North Street

Foodilic prides themselves on their use of raw, natural ingredients in their incredibly diverse food options. This includes halal, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free variations, so everyone is taken care of no matter their preferences or requirements. One main and three salads will only cost £10.50. Their brunch menu consists of even more reasonably priced dishes for anyone looking for a bit of a lighter bite. Take-away is available for those who want to enjoy their food elsewhere. Or go ahead and sit in the café to get stuck in then and there. Pop in for a cup of coffee, a fresh smoothie or a filling meal, without making a crushing dent in your bank account. 

Donatello – Brighton Place 

Another restaurant offering a set menu at a very reasonable price point, Donatello reels in students looking for a classic Italian evening. Their two-course deal is just £12.50. Or three courses are £15, which is great, especially considering the cost of eating out in Brighton. The quality is always good, making it a popular dinner location for anyone looking for a hearty sit-down meal. Their selection of traditional antipasti is fantastic when followed up by one of the many options for your second course. The menu includes a good few classic pizzas and pastas, not to mention other Italian favourites.

We Love Falafel – North Laines

If you’re planning on walking through the Laines and don’t want to stop to eat, We Love Falafel is a preferred choice amongst locals and tourists, meaning it’s always busy, but never too busy to pay a visit to. If you do find yourself wanting to take a seat to avoid any mishaps, they provide outdoor seating in a perfect position to people watch. The perfect vegetarian food, their priciest falafel wrap is only £5.50, but start at just £4.50, so you’ll be left feeling satisfied for quite some time, and at very little cost to yourself. 

The Vurger Co. – Brighton Place 

The Vurger Co. boasts a pretty extensive menu when it comes to their delicious vegan burgers and sides, but their £10 meal deal is where it’s at. You’ll get their delicious Auburger, a side of either fries or tater tots and a soft drink of your choice, which to us, seems like a decent offer. There’s even the option to make that drink a milkshake if that appeals to you. If the Auburger meal doesn’t take your fancy, pick from any one of their other options, including salads and mac ‘n’ cheese. Being one of the hottest vegan spots in Brighton, The Vurger Co. is and has been a long-time preference for local students. Check out their Vurger Co. cookbook for ways to enjoy their signature recipes at home.

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