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.
Despite what many uni students may tell you, surviving off two-minute noodles is not a rite of passage, nor is it healthy.
A large number of university students find it difficult to source 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.
The Brian Kenyon Student Space offers a free breakfast throughout teaching periods.
To grab free brekky just rock up to the BKSS Monday – Friday, 8am – 10am, during semester. The BKSS is located in Melville Hall (Building 12, Ellery Crescent) near Commonwealth Bank and the Pop-Up Village.
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.
ANUSA is able to provide lunches to students who are facing difficulties acquiring lunch. This program aims to provide short term assistance and hence if you require ongoing assistance with meals, we would encourage you to speak to a Student Assistance Officer instead.
To access a free (vegan-friendly) lunch, just grab a voucher from the ANUSA office. No application is required.
Universal Lunch Hour
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.
ANUSA also offers dinners for students experiencing difficulty getting their hands on healthy meals.
As with our lunch program, the free dinners are meant to be short-term assistance to students in need. If you are finding it difficult to afford dinner on a long-term basis, we would encourage you to speak to a Student Assistance Officer for assistance.
To access them, just grab a voucher from the ANUSA office. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are also available.
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 Officer via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 6125 2444. ANUSA is here to help you, so please take advantage of it.