Students and Savers! Here are the Best Places for Cheap Scran in Glasgow

It’s finally summer in Scotland. And for once, it seems like it too! However, with great weather come great consequences (for our wallets). Between heading to a beer garden for an afternoon, or investing in an expensive paddling pool that you’re literally only going to use once, summer can be a costly time. 


If you’re a student, this can be made even worse by the fact that SAAS is gone until September. For those lucky enough to get full-time hours during the break, think yourself lucky. I remember enduring some seriously skint summers as a student.


So, here are some locations in Glasgow where you can get some cheap scran that will leave you with change for your pint in the sunshine and is also delicious! 


Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

Chaakoo Bombay Cafe has had more than their fair share of visits from the Swipii office due to their awesome lunch deals. Here, you can bag yourself a tasty lunch deal of a filled roti with masala fries for just £8.25. For students, you can head any time between Sunday and Thursday and get a full curry, side and a pint for just a tenner! Cheap, and most certainly cheerful. 



It may be “Not For Everyone” but we don’t think there’s a person alive in Glasgow who would turn down their deals. You can get a burger here on a Tuesday for THREE QUID. And if we’re not mistaken, a bottle of Tuborg for £2. Fiver total. Incredible. Plus, there’s almost always good tunes (usually live music too) for anyone who is into that kind of thing. 



If you live in Glasgow, you know about Paesano. Their pizzas are something to be reckoned with. As they put it themselves, Paesano serves up “[a]uthentic, traditional Napoletana pizza” starting at just a fiver. If you want to splash out, the most expensive pizza on the menu is still just £8. Most bottles of beer are just £3 too, so it’s the perfect place to head on a budget. 


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Bao Buns are braw! Our friends at @ginger_and_chilli do their own take on these fluffy steamed buns every weekend at Platform at @argylestarchesglasgow 😋 You can fill yours with a choice of butter chicken or marinated paneer topped with Ginger and Chilli’s very own Asian slaw, mango sauce, green chutney, spring onions and Bombay mix #yum And do you know what makes these even better? 🧐 Fiver Fridays at Platform 😁 all our street food traders offer a main meal and a soft drink for £5 between 12noon-3pm. Serving up this weekend are @gallus_pasta 🍝 @shrimpwreck 🍤 @tinydancersglasgow 🍔@freddyandhicks 🍟🍔 Fujisan and @threesistersbake 🍰 #platformgla #argylestarches #streetfood #glasgowstreetfood #glasgowfoodie #glasgowfoodies #gingerandchilli #baobuns #yum

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Platform (Argyle St Arches)

The Arches have been revitalised and our stomachs are thankful. The collection of food trucks at Platform have a huge range of dishes to satisfy any hunger. Our favourites are the bao buns from Ginger and Chilli and the massively loaded wraps from Shawarmarama. In terms of being cheap scran, all of the food trucks take part in fiver Fridays! A main and a soft drink for a single five-pound note. 


Bath St Burger

In particular for students, Bath St Burger has some brilliant deals. If you show the lovely staff in Bath St Burger your student card, they’ll provide you with a shiny new Student VIP Card which will get you 25% off of your bill every time you go! For everyone (students, saver and all others looking for a wee bargain), for one crisp tenner, you can get two bottles of Sol and a burger. With a background of sweet 70s funk, we can assure you, you’ll leave here with a smile on your face. 


Pizza Punks Glasgow

For cheap food in Glasgow, Pizza Punk exist to treat us. You’ve got the five quid deal at lunchtimes, which gives you the choice of five pizzas to choose from- guaranteed to be served in five minutes for those nipping in on a break from work. And, if you’ve been attempting to find that summer romance on Tinder, Pizza Punks is the perfect place for a cheap date, with 2 pizzas and 2 drinks all for £20 total.


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