With final exam season now upon the University of Saskatchewan, late-night studying sessions are inevitably in order. Whether we need to refuel our brainpower or we simply need a reason to take a break, food provides the means for students to recuperate and re-energize.
Studying 24/7 doesn’t leave much time for students to prepare a hearty and healthy meal. Under these circumstances and due to its convenience, delivery may be the best alternative. Many food establishments are open late, cater to students on a tight budget and provide large portions, helping students get through those long nights of studying.
Here are some restaurant recommendations that have late hours, provide delivery, have student discounts or deals and give you the most bang for your buck in both quality and portion size.
All of the options listed below have vegetarian and gluten-free options when requested. The cost of delivery may be pricey at times, but all of these establishments also have the option of pick-up.
Chef Express has an abundance of options and is located downtown on 3rd Avenue North. From pizza to Chinese food, this restaurant has something for everyone. This place is a late night staple any day of the week, as it’s open Monday through Thursday until 4 a.m., and Friday and Saturday until 6 a.m. While the pizza can be a bit pricey, the Chinese dishes offer generous portions and have prices as low as $6.
I recommend Chef Express for larger study groups — if everyone orders a dish to their liking and splits the cost afterwards, you are guaranteed to have a great feast with a variety of flavours. Students have the option of either ordering pick-up or delivery online and if you use the code “CHEFEXPRESS10” on the website Skip the Dishes, you get 10 per cent off your first order.
Pizza always has and always will be a staple dish for university students. Among all the various restaurants, it can be difficult to decide where to order from. Domino’s is a perfect option for students since some branches are open until 3 a.m. Domino’s’ website and app make it easy for you to design your own pizza and to place an order with the click of a button. This option is great for groups that may have varying tastes in toppings, or if you’re like me and want some extra cheese on your pizza. If you enter the code “student” at the checkout, you receive 50 per cent off when you present your student card at the time of the delivery.
Meg’s Restaurant offers a variety of dishes including sandwiches, salads, pizzas and standard entrees, but what this establishment is most known for is their authentic Indian cuisine. Meg’s is open late until 5 a.m. on weekdays and although most entrees cost over $10, the portions are substantial and the food is very flavourful and fresh. My personal favourite dish is the samosas, which are only $1.99 per samosa and are perfect for a quick snack or appetizer. You can order pick-up or delivery online and can get 15 per cent off of your first order if you use the code “MEGS15” at the checkout on Skip the Dishes. Meg’s is located downtown on 3rd Avenue North.
At Wing World, dry ribs and chicken wings come in over 50 flavours. They are perfect for sharing as there are many different portion sizes available. In addition, there are multiple combos that include drinks, fries and/or salad, which provide a sizable portion for groups. With delivery and pick-up options, Wing World is open until 12 a.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. On Wing Wednesdays, you can buy any item off the menu and get the second item of equal or lesser value for 50 per cent off.
Whether you’re working alone or with a group, food is essential to maintain your focus. Not only does food fill your stomach, but it fills your heart and soul with that extra push you may need to survive a long night of studying and ace your finals.
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