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eats and bars on the cheap: UNSW 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 UNSW Village residents. Thank us later 😉


top 3 bars

The Whitehouse

Located: a stone’s throw away at the top of UNSW Village

You: “I want to drink beer in a heritage listed building that doesn’t have asbestos.”
The Whitehouse: “You want fries with that?”

With pizza, cider, beer and punch-bowls that double-up as neat bucket hats, The Whitehouse can sate your every after-class need. If being directly outside your front door wasn’t close enough, it now delivers. That means a guy with a cool beard will stand outside your window with pizza, allowing you to continue your streak of wearing pyjamas for the third day in a row. If you’re in the mood to put your adult-pants on, you can sit in the beer garden, inside, or upstairs on the balcony and watch the sunset with your mates. Every Thursday night there is live music, and on Fridays you can get an Egg & Bacon wrap and a regular coffee for $7. Try the Kosciuszko Pale Ale.



The Regent (“Rege”) Hotel

Located: 416-418 Anzac Parade, Kingsford (turn left at the end of the uni walkway and walk for 5 minutes)

Affectionately known as “The Rege”, you may hear its theme song before you arrive at the bar itself. The locals on campus chant its name to the tune of the Ole soccer anthem as they move in hoards down to the conveniently located bar. The Rege is best known for its cool bartenders and awesome O-Week themed parties, but there is magic happening in the kitchen out the back. Come in early for an awesome meal – order the Pulled Lamb Shoulder Burger. If you don’t like karaoke steer clear on a Thursday, that crowd is passionate.



Bat Country

Located: 32 St Pauls Street, Randwick – it’s in “The Spot”

If you’re a closet hipster (or even if you’re not), Bat Country will bring it out of you. Decorated with old rustic radios and car seats that look to have literally been ripped from old cars, you’re bound to have something capture your attention. If the décor wasn’t enough, the Monument to Misbehaviour (it’s a cocktail) is a real eye-opener. Hint: they set it on fire. You don’t need to have an ironic beard or shop at Vinnies to appreciate the originality of this place, and they serve some great beers and wines if the simpler things in life float your boat. If you end up nursing your drink for a while make sure you check out their food menu. Order the “Hot Scotch!”



top 3 eats

The Quad

Located: Quadrangle Building (E15), lower campus, UNSW – 1 minute walk from your room

If you’re one of those people with a super busy timetable with random breaks that don’t warrant heading back to your room before your next class, definitely hit up The Quad food court for an outdoor table and a cheap meal. The tables have built in power sockets so you can charge your phone, laptop, or just catch up on work that you’ve missed. The Quad has a range of food outlets inside – you can take your pick from sushi, noodles, café sandwiches and much more. It’s right next to the bookshop and sits in one of the most central parts of campus. The food is pretty cheap too!



The Doncaster

Located: 268 Anzac Parade, Kensington – walk down High St, turn right and walk for 3 minutes

If it’s a weekday and you’re absolutely craving a steak, this is where you want to be. First and foremost it’s a sports bar, but on race day you’ll find everyone in there, feathered fascinators and all, betting on the horses and chowing down on cheap steaks and the all you can eat salad bar. Say it with me: “all you can eat salad bar” (there is bacon in those salads). Pay $13, get your steak, get your salad and go crazy. There is no cap on your salad refills, so you’re essentially eating WAY more than $13-worth of food. It’s a family-friendly place, so maybe just don’t run to the salad bar when you see it… You might knock a small human over.



Beach Burrito

Located: 3/260 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee – 20 minute walk, 10 minute bus (m50)

Oh man, this place is the best. Burritos… at the beach. If you’re trying to pick your number one summer food joint, let this place be a top contender. Take a dip in the ocean, wander up the street in your towel, walk in bare foot and sit down with a bucket of coronas and some ice water for your fresh sunburn. “Raw timber, sea side nostalgia, burnt orange, textured tin and a touch of Jamaica,” are some of the words used. They have taco eating contests, and tacos are $3 on Tuesdays. What are you waiting for? Order the Lime Chilli Garlic Prawn Fajita Burrito and thank us later.




And that’s it! It won’t be hard to tick these places off the UNSW 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!