Off-Campus Dining

Location
Vancouver, BC
Undergrads
22,908
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is plenty of off campus dining, nut unless you want McDonalds, you need to take a bus to get there.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a small block with sushi, burgers, pizza, typical food, but there is a food court below which has the same thing and larger portions for cheaper. I also can find produce that is fresh although a bit pricy. There is also a coffee shop that has amazing specials every day of the week. Although everything is a bit more expensive than your average city, it is worth it most of the time!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: there are a lot of options ranging both in prices and type of food. However, downtown is 45 minutes away, so not very convenient to get to.
Then again, Kitsilano is like 20 minutes away and it has good options.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Food Is Great – The University Village is probably the closest off campus dining. You can get discounts with your student card at Pita Pit and Booster Juice. Vancouver has great sushi and there are so many restaurants downtown to discover. Some are very pricy but you can find some really great deals. For example, Urban Sushi is really great and you can get 20 pieces of sushi for $8.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Asian Food! Vancouver is the place to go outside of Asia to get good, authentic Asian food. Sushi places can be found basically everywhere and range in price and quality from cheap, instant and yummy to high class restaurant style. Another great place to check out is Jappa Dogs, which sells some of the best hot dogs I have ever seen with many exciting toppings. Be warned though, Jappa Dogs can be pricey. Vancouver has quite a bit of a "hippie" population so Vegeterian and Vegan options are almost always available.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 234th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1358th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Hometown
Vancouver
Major
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
2015
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When in Vancouver, do not fear going hungry—if you have money, that is. Food can be quite pricey in Vancouver, and even more so when they add the 12 percent HST (tax) and 15 percent gratuity (tip). Students generally avoid eating off campus on weekdays, due to pricing and transportation, even though the University provides students with a U-Pass that allows free public transportation around the Greater Vancouver area. A trip to your desired restaurant can take anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes—times two considering your trip back. Most students are not willing to dedicate two to four hours a day eating off campus. However, there are plenty of choices within University Endowment Lands. If you are not happy with food provided by UBC Food Services, University MarketPlace, also known as "UBC Village," is a great location to find food that is on campus yet not managed by the University (and thus considered off-campus dining). "The Village" is home to restaurants serving various cultural cuisines and also caters to anyone with special dietary concerns. It is impossible for any student in UBC to not know about The Village, as in many ways it can be considered the second social hub of the campus next to the Student Union Building.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
McDonald's
Best Asian
  • Banana Leaf
  • Well Tea
Best Breakfast
Aphrodite's Organic Café & Pie Shop
Best Coffee
  • Starbucks
  • Tim Hortons
Best Dessert
  • Jugo Juice
  • Leisure Tea & Coffee
Best Healthy
Mio Japan
Best Late-Night
  • Domino's Pizza
  • McDonald's
Best Mexican
Baru
Best Pizza
  • Fresh Slice
  • Megabite Pizza
Best Wings
Moxie's Classic Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
Cactus Club Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Silver Tower Café Restaurant
  • Simba's Grill
Other Places to Check Out
  • A&W
  • Ajisen Ramen
  • BC Sushi
  • Bean Around the World
  • Bernoulli's Bagels
  • Boston Pizza
  • Earls Restaurant
  • Eastside Mario's
  • Jethro's Fine Grub
  • Las Margaritas
  • Lolita's South of the Border Cantina
  • Mahoney's Bar & Grill
  • Milestones Grill & Bar
  • Nat's New York Pizzeria
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • The Pita Pit
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Some Kinda Pasta
  • Sprouts
  • Storm Crow Tavern
  • Terra Breads Kitsilano Bakery & Café
  • Transylvania Flavour
  • True Confections
  • Urban Sushi Café
  • Wendy's
  • White Spot Restaurant
  • Wings on Granville
  • Zefferelli's Restaurant
Did You Know?
It is customary to give 15 percent gratuity when dining in a restaurant. Restaurants usually automatically add 15 percent service charge when eating in groups of 6 or more, so be sure to check!

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Save-On-Foods
5945 Berton Ave.
(604) 221-5999
www.saveonfoods.com/store/ubc
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Aphrodite's Organic Café & Pie Shop
Food: Organic
3598 W. Fourth Ave.
(604) 738-5879
www.organiccafe.ca
Price: $10–$20
Banana Leaf
Food: Malaysian
820 W. Broadway
(604) 731-6333
www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: Eating on banana leaves
Baru Latino
Food: Latin
2535 Alma St.
(604) 222-9171
www.barulatino.com
Price: $15–$30
Boathouse Restaurant
Food: Seafood, steak
1305 Arbutus St.
(604) 738-5487
www.boathouserestaurants.ca
Price: $20–$40
Cool Features: Lobsterfest
Cactus Club Café
Food: Fine dining
575 W. Broadway
(604) 714-6000
www.cactusclubcafe.com
Price: $15–$35
Cool Features: Live DJ in a dinner/clubish environment
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
3480 Dunbar St.
(604) 733-0188
www.dominos.ca
Price: $10–$20
The Eatery
Food: Japanese
3431 W. Broadway
(604) 738-5298
www.theeatery.ca
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: Not-so-traditional Japanese appetizers
Fresh Slice
Food: Pizza
1209 Pacific Blvd.
(604) 347-0000
www.freshslice.com
Price: $10–$20
Jugo Juice
Food: Juice bar
3348 Wesbrook Mall
(604) 221-6116
www.jugojuice.com
Price: $5–$10
Leisure Tea & Coffee
Food: Coffee, dessert, tea
8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond
(604) 821-9998
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Chinese tea with Western desserts
McDonald's
Food: Fast food
5728 University Blvd.
(604) 221-2570
www.mcdonalds.ca
Price: $3–$8
Megabite Pizza
Food: Pizza
1112 Davie St.
(604) 801-5150
www.megabitepizza.com
Price: $10–$20
Mio Japan
Food: Japanese
5743 Dalhousie Road
(604) 221-4514
Price: $15–$25
Moxie's Classic Grill
Food: American
1160 Davie St.
(604) 678-8043
www.moxies.ca
Price: $15–$30
The Naam Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian
2724 W. Fourth Ave.
(604) 738-7151
www.thenaam.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Silver Tower Café Restaurant
8500 Alexandria Road
(604) 207-1199
Simba's Grill
Food: African
7413 Edmonds St.
(604) 25-8904
www.simbasgrill.com
Price: $10–$20
Starbucks
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
5763 Dalhousie Road
(604) 221-0200
www.starbucks.ca
Price: $3–$8
Tim Hortons
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, sweets
4401 W. 10th Ave.
(604) 221-5011
www.timhortons.com
Price: $5–$10
Well Tea
Food: Taiwanese, bubble tea
5728 Univeristy Blvd.
(604) 222-0016
www.welltea.ca
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Bubble tea

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 53% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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