July 29, 2020

Get to Know the Guild Part 3: Food on Campus

Caitlin MacPhail Caitlin MacPhail

You’ve made it through O-Week, you’ve got your timetable and your Guild sticker, but because you’ve got your priorities in line what you REALLY want is a guide to everywhere you can get coffee and snacks on campus, and how to stay budget-friendly when you really, really don’t want the sad sandwich you brought with you.

This is that guide.

Guild Cafes

Quobba Gnarning 

Bottom floor of Reid Library isn’t just for "studying" (read: procrastinating) – you can get excellent coffee, snacks and hot meals too! During exams when Reid is open 24/7, Quobba hours extend until midnight most nights so you can stay hydrated and fed while you late-night cram. It's open 7 days a week
BUDGET PICKS: Penne pancetta, beef meatballs & rice, vege bolognese, roast veg & Quinoa AND Thai veg curry are all just $5! You can also get a vegan, gluten-free Paella for literally spare change (Guild price $3).

Hackett Cafe

The home of our famous and ~extremely~ extra rotating specials! The brekky at Hackett is also one of the best and most budget-friendly around, with a full spread of options including vego and vegan, all starting from $4.95. This semester has a bunch of new menu items including the Perky Banana Vegan Protein Smoothie - perked up with a sneaky shot o coffee, it's perfect for after the gym or as brekky on the go!

There's also churros (we highly recommend the Choc Churro Bowl) and a build your own waffle menu 😍

Catalyst Cafe

Our other library café, Catalyst lives in Barry J. The brekky bagels are excellent, and there's rotating hot meals for for lunch - you can dine in and park up with newspaper or a book from the book exchange shelf. It’s also the only Guild Café with cold brew coffee - perfect for hot days!

Business School Café

Check out the Business School Cafe for different delicious hot wok meals every day of the week! We've added some cool new menu items including thickshakes and some awesome healthy bowls PLUS on Fridays you can get fish & chips for $7.50 - what's not to love?

Dentistry Kiosk

Tucked into the Oral Health Centre, behind the J. Robin Warren Library with coffees, a selection of hot food, and grab & go items.

The Tav

The one and only Student Lunch deal (9’ pizza, chips and a softie) is truly legendary on campus and insanely good value  at just $11.50, and from this semester the Tav has daily food specials with everything from a $12.50 parmy on Mondays to a full freaking KILO of wings for $13 on a Wednesday. The $6.50 cheeseburgers on Tuesdays are also not to be missed - grab one and join in on the Lunch Quiz.

And of course, the student-priced drinks go down a treat as well 😏

The Ref

Campus Kebabs 

These guys do amazing kebabs, HSPs, salads and chips – and they’re open until 9pm every night! And yes, they are halal and there’s vego/vegan options!

The Cutting Board

Salads, sandwiches and pastas made fresh every day, plus a decent brekky spread! 

Chinese Canton

The exact meal you want during a long day of classes to get you through – build your own Chinese feast or order a freshly made noodle soup!

🔥 BUDGET TIP: Always do the rice last at the self-serve (maximise precious container space), and after 3pm, you can get a cheeky $5 ready-made meal 😎


Coffees, hefty smoothies and seriously good baked goods (brownies and cinny buns!) are the staple at the UWA branch of the Stirling Highway-based coffee roasters. You’ll also find the odd Mary St Bakery donut or Toastface Grillah toastie - show your Guild sticker for 10% off!

Rolld Vietnamese

The newest kid in the Ref, Rolld pumps out crowd favourites like rice paper rolls, bánh mi, noodle salads and pho until 6pm daily. Try the Vietnamese iced coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up!

Also in the Ref:

Crowd favourites and old reliables Utopia, Subway and Boost Juice!

IGA Xpress

IGA has a bunch of grab & go options and staples at supermarket prices, with heaps of dietary options. Perfect for snacks, lunch, or stop in on your way home for last minute essentials. There’s also IGA favourites like a big ol’ bakery, fresh juices, hot popcorn and slushies.

🔥 BUDGET TIP: the bacon & egg brekky muffins are hugely underrated and an absolute steal at $5.99!

Want to know more about the Guild, how it works and the services we provide? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Get to Know the Guild series.