Top 5 cheap eats under $10 dollars in Melbourne CBD for Overseas Students

Top 5 cheap eats under $10 dollars in Melbourne CBD for Overseas Students Australia - Study in Australia

Every single cent counts while studying in Australia as an overseas student, so we decided to start a new blog series of cheap eats in various student cities in Australia. To begin with, we will be taking you guys to Melbourne and it’s cheap eats under $10 for lunch and dinner. Ok! We all know that those typical fast-food chains (Macca’s, HJ, Dominos, and KFC) can conquer all the top spots so we have factored in few things in this deciding these top 5 cheap eats. The main consideration we have given in deciding these top 5 cheap eats:

 ✅ It must be under $10 for both lunch and dinner each

 ✅ Food must be on the healthier side and filling

 ✅ It must in Melbourne CBD

 ✅ It must have a dine-in facility

 ✅ Good reviews on Zomato and Google

 ✅ Very Important – Tasty (Fine! We let you decide that)

Top 5 Cheap Eats in Melbourne CBD for International Students

1. Crossways

📌 Location: Level 1, 123 Swanston Street

⏰ Opening Hours: 11.30am – 8.00pm (Sunday Closed)

🍽 Cuisine: Indian

⭐ Google Reviews: 4.7/5 (from 631 reviews)

❤ Zomato Reviews: 4.3/5 (from 470 reviews)

First on our list is Crossways which without a doubt tops a list with all you can eat vegan and vegetarian food for just 5.95 (if you are a student or concession card holder) or 7.95 for everyone else. They serve the delicious curry with rice, pappadum, and a mouth-watering dessert and a drink.

When it comes to value and taste you can’t beat Crossways and that’s why they are on top of our list. In case, you have no money left in your pocket, they have a temple in St. Kilda which offers free meals every single day of the year. It is a 20- 25 minutes tram journey from the city but if you have nothing else left in the pocket at least you don’t need to starve yourself.

2. Om Vegetarian

📌 Location/s: Level 1, 28 Elizabeth Street, 227 Collins Street, 113 Swanston Street, and 546 Collins Street

⏰ Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm ( Swanston St closes at 8.30)

🍽 Cuisine: Indian

⭐ Google Reviews: 3.9/5 (from 805 reviews)

❤ Zomato Reviews: 3.9/5 (from 351 reviews)

The second restaurant serving also all you can eat Indian vegetarian restaurant is Om Vegetarian. They serve you with two curries, rice and a bread soft naan bread in a Thali plate for just $7.50. The food is yummy and you can refill it as many times as you like also. The major difference between om vegetarian and crossways is the naan bread.

They have many outlets in the city, so you easily find one of their restaurants near you. If you don’t have any money, then they also offer a free meal between 3pm to 5pm on their 113 Swanston Street restaurant. If you like vegan or vegetarian food, then you should check our complete survival guide on it. 

3. Don Don

📌 Location: 198 Little Lonsdale Street, 26 Francis Street

⏰ Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm

🍽 Cuisine: Japanese

⭐ Google Reviews: 4.4/5 (from 624 reviews)

❤ Zomato Reviews: 4.5/5 (from 2,955 reviews)

One of the most popular place for the overseas students to eat out cheap in Melbourne is Don Don Japanese restaurant. With the huge portion sizes and yummy Japanese curries and no menu item more $10 makes a no-brainer for any student under stress to save few dollars on the eating out.

4. Nelayan

📌 Location: 265 Swanston Street

⏰ Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm

🍽 Cuisine: Indonesian

⭐ Google Reviews: 4.0/5 (from 392 reviews)

❤ Zomato Reviews: 4.0/5 (from 348 reviews)

Home-cooked food with a variety of options to choose from the exotic Indonesian cuisines, Nelayan makes in our top 5 list. You can try dishes from popular Indonesian provinces which offer you lots of varieties like Beef Rendang, Sate Padang, Pempek, Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Gado Gado, Soto Betawi and many more dishes for less than $10.

You must try Beef Rendang from the buffet for your spice cravings.  For those who don’t know “Nelayan” means Fisherman in Indonesian.

5. Udon Yasan

📌 Location/s: 186 Bourke Street, 187 Elizabeth Street

⏰ Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

🍽 Cuisine: Japanese

⭐ Google Reviews: 4.3/5 (from 323 reviews)

❤ Zomato Reviews: 3.9/5 (from 68 reviews)

Another Japanese restaurant makes to our list of Top 5 but this one is more for those who feel like noodles. Udon Yasan offers rice bowl sets starting from merely $4.80 in the heart of Melbourne CBD.

Their fried chicken is absolutely incredible. Once you get your udon, head to free topping station to add some extra flavors and make sure to try their variety of teas from their free drink station. Seriously! Can’t ask for a better value.

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🍴 So, have you already been to any of these restaurants as we mentioned on the list? Which restaurants do you go to when eating out in Melbourne, we are interested to know that. Let us know in the comments section below.