6 places to Eat on a Student Budget in Canterbury, Kent

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Photo of Maisie Walker
12 May 2017

Great, cheap food is hard to find nowadays, and if you’re a student, it can be difficult to eat out in Canterbury without spending a fortune. Here are some of the best value for money restaurants in this part of Kent, serving up delectable options that are easy on the wallet.

Saint Smokeys Barbecue House

Restaurant, Caribbean, Fast Food, Jamaican, Gluten-free
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Situated away from the high street, Saint Smokeys Barbecue house is situated behind Canterbury Cathedral. With meals costing around £5-£10, it’s almost impossible to resist. The family-run restaurant serve different spiced, home made barbecue sauces with their freshly prepared chicken and additional sides. Perfect for those on a budget!

Club Burrito

On Butchery Lane, just off the main high street, Club Burrito serves up a selection of Mexican delicacies, including nachos, tacos, salads and of course burritos. There are plenty of fillings to chose from, but one of the most popular is their deliciously slow-cooked pulled pork. If money gets tight then Club Burrito is a cheap and yummy place to grab a quick bite to eat without breaking the bank.

4 Butchery Ln, Canterbury CT1 2JR, +44 1227 652401


Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Halal
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Azouma’s Moroccan theme and cheap meals make it a must-visit establishment. As well as food and drink, the restaurant offers shisha, which can be enjoyed at the table or outside on the terrace. They host live belly dancing shows every Friday at 8pm. The best part is they offer a student discount, so if trying out Moroccan food is something on your bucket list, get down there and check it out.

The Olive Grove

The Olive Grove focuses on providing both Moroccan and Italian Food, and is popular with students due to its offer of enjoying a two course meal for £9.95! If you’re lucky enough to get a table upstairs, you’ll be treated to a lovely view of the high street and its historical buildings.


Restaurant, Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Though Wagamama is a well known Asian style chain restaurant, its healthy and cheap, and a popular hang-out for many University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University students. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the menu, which features dishes such as yaki soba, ramen and katsu curry. Their dishes range from £5 to £15 so it’s perfect if you’re looking for great food at low prices.

The Shakespeare

Pub, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, British, $$$
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For a true taste of Britain at a low cost, The Shakespeare pub is the place to be. Exuding a distinct atmosphere, you can expect to find traditional British fare here, as well as familiar options such as chicken wings or posh fish fingers. With a versatile food and drinks menu and affordable dining, this pub is considered a local favourite.

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