Student Meals

ANUSA has a range of food programs that are free for students.

1) Our student space runs a free breakfast everyday of semesters for all students.

2) Our student bites program provides groceries and non perishable packs to students weekly.

3) We offer free lunches through vouchers to the food coop.

4) Through our grocery voucher program, students can receive a maximum of $50 worth of grocery vouchers per semester from our Student Assistance Team.

5) BKSS Lunch Express offers free lunches through the BKSS 1pm Monday-Thursday. will be available and labelled with relevant dietary requirements.

6) Lastly, our mutual aid pantry is open to all students from 8am - 8pm every weekday. The pantry provides distribution of perishable and non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, contraception, and general household supplies

Everyone needs to eat, but unfortunately, healthy food can sometimes be a bit hard to come by during your time at university.

There are many possible reasons for this. For example, you could be strapped for cash (or lost your wallet), too busy with exams to even think about cooking or stuck on campus late studying.

A large number of university students find it difficult to source nutritious food.

That’s why we have the ANUSA Student Meals program. The program aims to provide students with healthy and nutritious meals when times are tough and you are unable to obtain meals.

Free Breakfast

The Brian Kenyon Student Space offers a free breakfast throughout teaching periods.

To grab some free breakfast just rock up to the BKSS Balcony Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 10.30am, during teaching periods. The BKSS is located on Level 2 of the Di Riddell Student Centre in Kambri. 

The BKSS also offers free tea and instant coffee throughout the day, as well as access to cheap snacks, $1 Nespresso coffee, a microwave and hot water. Plus it’s warm, which is a must for Canberra winter.

If you require assistance with accessing afforable and healthy food, please email

Lunch (available through an online voucher)

ANUSA is able to provide lunches to students who are facing difficulties acquiring lunch. This program aims to provide short term assistance and hence, there is now a maximum limit of 5 meal vouchers accessible per year. If you require ongoing assistance with meals, we would encourage you to speak to a Student Assistance Advisor instead.

To access a free (vegan-friendly) lunch from the Food Coop (3 Kingsley Street), please fill in this form: 

Please note that the lunch voucher is only redeemable between the Food Co-op's lunch hours of 12pm-2pm. The Food Co-op may not be able to provide food after this time.

The Food Co-Op Cafe will be closed for Reconciliation Day, Monday 27th May. 


Universal Lunch Hour (during teaching periods)

Each Thursday, throughout teaching periods, different Clubs and Societies run Universal Lunch Hour.

It’s on 12.30 – 1.30pm. Keep an eye on the BKSS Facebook page for where it is held. The food varies each week but it usually takes the form of a BBQ with omnivore and vego options.

To access just follow your nose to the BBQ and jump in line.

BKSS Lunch Express

BKSS Lunch Express is a new food rescue initiative piloted by ANUSA. In partnership with Chartwells and Residential Experience, BKSS Lunch Express brings a range of quality meal options to students free of charge every day for lunch.

Hosted at the Brian Kenyon Student Space, meals will be available and labelled with the dietary requirements that they suit at 1pm Monday-Thursday.

Supply is limited and not guaranteed. Meals will be limited to 1 per person each day to ensure the food is as evenly distributed as possible.


The Take Away:

There’s no reason to survive on instant noodles and plain rice when you're in a pickle!

If you are unable to afford meals on a long term basis and would like some assistance, you can contact a Student Assistance Advisor via email on or phone on 6125 2444. ANUSA is here to help you, so please take advantage of it.

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which ANUSA operates.
We recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters, and communities of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We pay our respect to Elders, past and present, and commit to standing with our first nations people.

Contact ANUSA (02) 6125 2444