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cheap eats & bars: RMIT Village

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Cheap food is like the bat signal for university students.

And we wouldn’t be very good at what we do unless we compiled all of that precious information into one location, would we? We’ve done you a solid and decided to tour the country to find the best places to eat, drink and have a darn good time, no matter what Village you’re from! So here it is: a compiled list of the best places to eat, drink and hang for RMIT Village residents. Thank us later 😉



Top 3 bars

Asian Beer Café

Located: Lvl 3, Melbourne Central (up escalators, Cnr La Trobe and Swanson St)

You simply ~cannot~ live in Melbourne and not try this place out at least once. Do we sound bossy? Okay. Try this on for size:
$5 Schooners

$15 Cider jugs

$6 spirits

$5 wine by the glass

$20 cocktail jugs.


Not only does this place make every single one of your Asian-beverage-loving dreams come true, but their happy hour is even cheaper, with $8 jugs of beer and $7 cocktails until late. Oh, and it goes for 4 hours. Thank us later…




Section 8

Located: 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

Shimmy down to this urban oasis; a spot of difference among the over-developed city and flickering neon lights of corporate Melbourne. If their weird and wacky website wasn’t enough to tempt you, they’ve got live music all the time, and it’s modern vibe keeps the regulars regular and the newbies awestruck. Definitely check this place out.




Rooftop Cinema

Located: Perched at the top of Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD

Okay, even if you have no intention of going to this place, at least look at their website – it’s all kinds of cool. The name is self-explanatory, but it doesn’t do it’s atmosphere justice. This is a fairy-light clad, fold-out-chair oasis of good times and cold bevvies. Come up, grab and drink and catch a movie, then hang with the crowd after for some more drinks while you watch the city skyline light up the night. Not impressed? They have a burger shack up there and a giant pink fridge with handmade choc top ice creams. Go, go, go!



Top 3 eats

Queen Victoria Market

Located: Cnr Elizabeth Street and Victoria Street, Melbourne CBD


Immerse yourself in the vibrant Melbourne lifestyle by checking out the Queen Victoria Market. Established in 1878, the market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. They’ve got heaps of cheap food options American Doughnut Kitchen food truck to the Gozleme Turkish Café. Come and grab a bite to eat while you browse the shops.



Little Richard Pizza Bar

Located: 5/17 Flemington Road, North Melbourne

Yes, that is the Village address. Ya’know why? Because at RMIT Village we are literally attached to a fully licensed pizza bar – that’s just how we roll. Literally roll out of bed, walk downstairs and into the warm confines of Little Richard’s where you can get a $6 pizza on a Monday. No, I didn’t stutter. This place is amazing, and the fact that it’s almost socially acceptable to walk in their in your pajamas is just the icing on the cake.



The Turf Club Hotel

Located: 1 Flemington Road, North Melbourne

“Home is where the beer is”, as they say. In this case it also happens to be where the cheap food and backpackers are. Bev and Mick have been running this place for a while now, and with 5 backpacking children, they decided to create the ultimate backpackers digs. Since the backpackers hang here, you know the prices are good – it’s also right next to Village Reception. Make sure you head down there for a bite to eat and a beer on the cheap!



And that’s it! It won’t be hard to tick these places off the RMIT Village Bucket List – heaps of the locals swear by these places, and you’re bound to find yourself there sooner or later! If you have any more great local spots, let us know and we will review them for everyone!


See you next week,

About the Author


Amy is the Content & Social Media Specialist with Campus Living Villages. She lived at UNSW Village for 4 years, so she knows a thing or two about moving out of home and starting life on-campus!