10 places to get affordable student meals in Singapore

As a student, one of my favourite after-school activities would be to have lunch or dinner with my friends. Unfortunately, many restaurants and cafes aren’t cheap, especially given how many of us are on a tight budget.

Fret not, my fellow students, for there are a variety of restaurants in Singapore offering special prices and meals just for students. You don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket when eating out anymore. Here are 10 places in Singapore where you can get student meals.

1. I’m Kim Korean BBQ

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I’m Kim Korean BBQ, located at the School of the Arts, has long been one of my go-to spots for an affordable and satisfying KBBQ. From Mondays to Fridays, students get to enjoy a KBBQ lunch for just S$14.90++ per pax, while dinner comes in at S$24.90++ per pax. On the weekends, the KBBQ lunch costs S$24.90++ per pax, while dinner costs S$25.90++ per pax.

Lunch timings are from 11.30am to 4pm, while dinners are from 5.30pm to 10pm on weekdays and 4pm to 10.30pm on weekends.

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On weekdays during lunch, enjoy an assortment of dishes like Korean Pancake, Black Pepper Pasta, Glass Noodles, Beef Bulgogi, Marinated Pork Belly, Volcano Chicken, Korean Ginseng Soup and Potato Salad.

Meanwhile, if you visit during dinner time and on weekends, you’ll get to enjoy an even more extensive buffet range, with extra dishes like Korean Chicken Wings, Assorted Sushi, Beef Roll, Prawns, Beef Short Ribs and Wasabi Mayo Fish.

Take note that I’m Kim Korean BBQ requires a minimum of two diners, and has a 90 minute time limit for weekday lunches.

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1 Zubir Said Drive, School of the Arts, #01-04, Singapore 227968
+65 6238 7218
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 4.00pm & 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Sat & Sun: 11.30am – 4.00pm & 4.00pm – 10.30pm
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2. Pepper Lunch

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Pepper Lunch is one of my favourite spots for an affordable and delicious hotplate rice meal, and their student meal specials make their dishes even more worth it.

From opening time to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays, students get to enjoy a selection of dishes at a discounted price, along with a soft drink.

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The options for Pepper Lunch’s student meals include Salmon & Chicken Pepper Rice (S$8.50), Beef Pepper Rice (S$7.50), Chicken Pepper Rice (S$7.50), Salmon Pepper Rice (S$8.50)

Aside from their titular pepper rice dishes, they also have Western dishes like Chicken & Cheese Sausage Aglio Olio (S$9.50), Cheese Curry Rice with Beef Hamburg (S$9.90), Diced Cut Steak with Egg (S$12.50) and Creamy Cheese Chicken Risotto (S$9.90).

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I tried the Creamy Cheese Chicken Risotto and loved how incredibly creamy and cheesy it was. You can also opt to add on extra sides and even ice cream to make your meal even more satisfying.

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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3. WATAMI Singapore

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WATAMI Singapore offers affordable Japanese cuisine, with their student meal special being exclusively available at The Star Vista from Mondays to Fridays, 11.30am to 9.30pm.

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Each student meal costs just S$9.90, and comes with a main dish and a drink. Meat lovers can choose from options like the Chicken Cutlet with Scrambled Egg Sauce Set, Tokachi Pork Don Set, Curry Beef Rice Set and Kimchi Gyudon Set.

Meanwhile, those who prefer seafood have the option of fish dishes like the Salmon Sashimi Don Set, Curry Mackerel Rice Set and Roasted Mackerel Set.

1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista, #02-16, Singapore 138617
+65 6694 3643
Daily: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm
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4. Hot Tomato

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Hot Tomato is no stranger to the local Western food scene, and they offer attractive student meals for students to stave off their Western cuisine cravings. With outlets available all over the country, Hot Tomato is a conveniently accessible location, regardless of which part of Singapore you reside in.

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Each student meal costs between S$10.50 to S$14.50 nett, and are available on Mondays to Fridays from 11am to 5.30pm. The meals come with your choice of drink, with options including lemon iced tea, fresh lime juice or coke.

The choices for Hot Tomato’s student meals are their NZ Grass Fed Sirloin, Chicken Chop, Fish & Chips, Carbonara and Chicken Chop and Fish

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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5. Eighteen Chefs

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Ah, Eighteen Chefs, the definitive spot where students gather to enjoy a delectable meal. I firmly believe that most students in Singapore would have visited Eighteen Chefs at some point in their lives, and with their delicious yet wallet-friendly dishes, it’s no surprise as to why this restaurant chain has become as popular as it has.

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Eighteen Chefs offers a special student price on their ‘BYOC’, in which students can build their own bowls by first choosing a base of either baked rice or pasta, then selecting their choice of sauce and ingredients.

‘BYOC’ offers the following base selections: Spaghetti (S$8.80), Fusilli (S$8.80), Cheese Baked Rice (S$8.80), Cheese Baked Spaghetti (S$9.10) and Cheese Baked Fusilli (S$9.50)

Afterwards, you can select your choice of sauce, including Black Pepper, Spicy Garlic, Spicy Tomato, Tangy Tomato, Japanese Curry, Creamy White and Red & White. The final step would be to pick a topping, with free options including Chicken Sausage and Scrambled Egg. Other options, like Grilled Fish and Grilled Chicken, would cost an additional S$1.60, while the premium options, like Sliced Beef Steak, Salmon and Seafood, cost an additional S$3.40.

Students are also entitled to a free soup of the day and iced lemon tea, to make the meal even more worth it.

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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6. COLLIN’S

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While COLLIN’S regular prices on their dishes are not the most wallet-friendly, their selection of student meal options make it much more affordable for students to enjoy their pick of Western food.

At COLLIN’S outlets at Jurong Point, Jubilee Square, NTP+ and The Seletar Mall, students can look forward to enjoying 50 per cent off of selected dishes. The student meal promotion is available on Mondays to Fridays, from 11am to 5pm, excluding public holidays.

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The student meals available include COLLIN’S Bi Feng Tang Fish & Chips (S$10), Truffle Mushroom with Wagyu Meatballs Pasta (S$8.50), Signature Crispy Chicken Cutlet (S$8.50), Chicken Baked Rice / Pasta (S$6.50), Beef Lasagna (S$8.50) and Hawaiian Pizza (S$9). You can also top up S$1 for a Coke or Sprite.

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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7. The Tree Cafe 

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At The Tree Cafe, students can enjoy delicious Western meals with generous portions and an inviting atmosphere. Their outlets at Funan Mall and The Cathay provide a S$2 discount for students on all their items, excluding their Soup & Salad, Kids Special, Snacks, Desserts and Drinks.

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This means that students are given the flexibility to choose from a wide range of The Tree Cafe’s dishes, including Chic & Waffles (S$8.50), Sous Vide Duck Confit (S$13.90), Seafood Pesto Pasta (S$11.90), Crispy Chicken (S$8.50), Breaded Fish (S$8.50), Pepper Smoked Duck Bowl (S$7.50) and Mac & Cheese (S$7.90)

Furthermore, the student discount is available all day, except for on public holidays and public holiday eves.

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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8. Simply Wrapps

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For my fellow students looking for healthier options that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, Simply Wrapps is a spot that you should check out. Specialising in wraps and burritos, Simply Wrapps’ dishes are loaded with healthy ingredients, and their all day student meals are extra enticing.

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For only S$7.90 nett, select from the following main courses: Small Wrap Classic Caesar, Small Burrito Grilled Chicken, Roasted Mango Chicken Quesadillas, Small Wrap Popeye Spinach and Small Burrito Vegetarian

The student meal also comes with a drink, with the options of Coca Cola, HomeSoy, Polar Mineral Water, Hershey’s Freshsoy, Hot Tea, Hot Chocolate and Hot Organic Arabica Coffee

Who said that healthy eating had to be expensive?

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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9. TamJai SamGor Mixian

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Spice-loving students, rejoice! TamJai SamGor Mixian’s fiery hot bowls of mixian noodles are available as part of their student meal, perfect for slurping down a delicious bowl of noodles at an affordable price. The student meals are available on Mondays to Fridays from 2pm to 5pm.

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For just S$7.90, enjoy a bowl of mixian with two toppings of your choice, plus a drink. The topping options include Pork, Chicken, Fishball, Chives, Tofu Puffs, Lettuce, Pickled Cabbage, Enoki Mushroom, Shrimp Wanton and Bamboo Fungus.

Their soup bases, on the other hand, include Tomato Soup, Hot & Numbing Soup, Charred Pepper & Spices Soup and Clear Broth, with 10 different spice levels to choose from.

For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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10. Jack’s Place

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With its warm interior and assortment of classic Western dishes, Jack’s Place is one of Singapore’s most well-known and well-loved restaurants. With 13 outlets islandwide, enjoying their student sets is accessible for everyone all over the country.

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On Mondays to Fridays from 11am to 5pm, excluding public holidays, choose between five mains at just S$11.65 nett: Striploin Steak & Sausage Aglio Olio Spaghetti, Cheesy Mayo Chicken Cutlet, Seafood Baked Rice, Baked Rice with Chicken & Sausage and Chicken Chop & Fish Aglio Olio Spaghetti.

Additionally, each student set comes with soup of the day, a soft drink or a single scoop of gelato. You can even add on more sides for S$2.

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For a list of locations, contact numbers and opening hours, refer here.
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