Students sitting in Cafe Roots at GCU

Food choices at GCU

An international menu

Food is a big part of everyone’s cultures. At INTO, we understand that when you move to the UK, you might find the food here a little different to what you’re used to. That’s OK, we’ll help you adjust and find local equivalents and alternatives to what you have at home. And, you’re sure to find new favourites here as well!

Missing your favourite pork shoyu ramen? Don’t worry, if the food you love isn’t available on campus, the INTO team will help you find it locally.

Where can I eat on campus?

There are two main places to eat on campus – the Heart of Campus food outlet and the Student Bistro.

The Heart of Campus has a live kitchen area so you can watch your food being made. It serves global street food, which changes regularly, alongside traditional British dishes. You’ll also find a soup bar, fruit bar, sandwiches and fresh pasta dishes on offer. It’s open from 8am – 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Have a special diet? No problem, you’ll find vegetarian and Halal options on offer at the Heart of the Campus café.

In the Student’s Association Building, you’ll find the Student Bistro. It’s a relaxed and sociable place to eat with your new friends, with pool tables and a bar. You can also enjoy a classic full English breakfast, as well as sandwiches, baked potatoes, burgers and pasta. Don’t miss the Bistro’s themed nights celebrating food from across the globe!

Enjoy coffee with friends

There are three coffee shops on campus to relax in - the Govan Mbeki café, the Saltire Café and Café Roots, which specialises in organic food and serves Fairtrade coffee.

The Learning Café is located on the ground floor of the CPDC building. Here you’ll find flat screen computer terminals on group study tables, so it’s a great place to work on projects with your classmates. Or, just chat over ideas with a hot drink and a sandwich.

You’ll find hot and cold drinks in the cafes on campus, alongside fresh sandwiches, baked potatoes and pasta dishes. Don’t eat meat? Don’t worry, you’ll always find vegetarian options available.

Food in the local area

In the heart of the city you’ll find Sauchiehall Street. This is the best place to go to celebrate international foods on any budget. You’ll find a choice of Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and British restaurants there.

Local specialties include haggis (a traditional Scottish meat dish) with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes). And, every month you’ll find a food market in Mansfield park, where you can enjoy snacks and traditional Scottish music.

Need Sichuan peppercorns for your favourite tofu recipe? Just five minutes from campus, you’ll find an Asian Supermarket. If you’re missing your mum’s perfect goat curry, head to the African-Caribbean café on Osborne Street.

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