Day dreaming about lunchtime? TU Dublin resident and our ambassador from Nigeria, Ruth Ikenyirimba guides us through the best student lunch options near campus.

I think we can all agree that some lectures can be difficult to get through — especially if your stomach is grumbling and all you can think about is food. Having good lunch options on and near campus can give you something to look forward to even if making a decision about where to eat gets more and more difficult! With that in mind I wanted to share some of my favourite options near where I am studying at TU Dublin, Kevin Street campus.

The canteen on campus has all the usual items you expect from a cafeteria lunch menu — soups, sandwiches and wraps as well as some hot meals that are mostly traditional Irish dishes such as stews and Shepherd’s Pie. Food here is reasonably priced but forks are €0.40 to purchase which I think is equivalent to highway robbery! The canteen is a good social space too where friends can meet to play cards and there are table tennis and pool tables too.

dual leveled cafteria with lime green pillars and a view of the food serving area.

Canteen at TU Dublin

Right opposite the Kevin Street campus is an ever-reliable Starbucks! Apart from the library this is where you will find me during exam season. The service is always excellent and it is a student friendly space where lots of people can be found working away. There’s also an Insomnia café about a two-minute walk from college. You are never too far away from a caffeine fix!

Starbucks building on Dublin street

Starbucks for a coffee fix

Right next to Insomnia there is a Tesco supermarket. The €2 hot chocolates have always been a great comfort to me on days when I couldn’t afford to grab my usual Starbucks order.

A great option for some cheap eats is Boojum. Located across the street from Starbucks the Mexican eatery has numerous options for a mere €6.50 — nachos, tacos and fajitas are on offer but I always order the same thing every time I stop by. What can I say, burritos just do it for me!

Red bricked building on Dublin street, blue sign that reads Boojum

Boojum for Mexican Food

Win Bubble Tea is a new addition to the area. Bubble tea is seriously having a moment right now! I 100% recommend trying out this new trend. They have a wide selection of bubble teas, milkshakes and slushies on offer. I know where all my money is going this semester!

Red bricked building on Dublin street with red framed windows and a sign that reads Win Bubble Tea

Win Bubble Tea

If you’re a big fan of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern food or just meat in general then I recommend Afghan Grill. Here you can get kebabs and burgers — and rest assured that the meat is all Halal!

Row of shops on a Dublin street. sign on front of shop reads Afghan grill

Afghan Grill for meat lovers!

There are so many more places nearby for a hearty lunch. Noodle House is great for Asian cuisine, Burrito and Blues for an alternative to Boojum and Subway is always reliable too. I have tried all of the above places and I absolutely loved them all.

Where are your favourite lunch spots in Ireland? Leave me a recommendation in the comments!