July 13, 2021

Guild Guide Part 2: Food on Campus

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 late most nights so you can stay hydrated and fed while you late-night cram. It's open 7 days a week all semester, and has a huge range of budget-friendly feeds on offer.
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 delicious and crazy cheap, with a full spread of options including vego and vegan, all starting from $4.95. 

Be sure to try the warm treats on offer while it's chilly outside, like churros (we highly recommend the Choc Churro Bowl), fried mantou with condensed milk, and a build your own waffle menu 😍

Catalyst Cafe

Our other library café on the ground floor of Barry J, Catalyst, is looking FRESH after a renovation during the winter break. There's now an all-hours section for those hanging around in Barry J after-hours, with microwaves and a hot water tap! 

As for the food - the brekky bagels are excellent, there's rotating hot meals for for lunch and fun specials throughout the semester. Why not dine in and park up with the newspaper or a book from the well-stocked book exchange shelf!

Business Café

The Business Cafe is the home of fresh, delicious hot wok meals every day of the week! Drop past if you're down that way for healthy bowls made daily, grab and go snacks and meals, and a full selection of hot and cold beveraginos. 

Dentistry Kiosk

Tucked into the Oral Health Centre right behind the J. Robin Warren Library,the Dentistry Kiosk keeps the Med/Dent community supplied with coffees, a selection of hot food, and yummy grab & go items.

The Tav

The one and only Student Lunch deal (9’ pizza, chips and a soft drink or coffee) is truly legendary on campus and insanely good value  at just $11.50! The Tav also has daily food specials with everything from a $10 pie deal on a Monday right through to $12.50 parmys on Fridays to round out ya week. The $10 cheeseburger sliders on Tuesdays are not to be missed - grab one and join in on the Lunch Quiz from 12.30pm each teaching week!

And obviously, 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 hot food cabinet is a plethora of delicious burgers, wraps, deep fried snacks ($1 hash browns anyone??) and ready-to-go meals.

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