Diners sharing bowl of chips at Southsea Village
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Our best places for cheap eats in Portsmouth!

14 February 2023

3 minutes

We have created a list of the Top 5 places in Portsmouth to grab a bite to eat for £5, perfect for that student budget.


Outside in food court

56 Middle St, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 4BP


Picture of the Outside In food court


This hidden warehouse just outside the city centre offers delicious, affordable cuisines from all over the world all under one roof, perfect for treating yourself when it’s been one of those weeks. Current vendors include Dumpling Dumpling, where you can get 3 dumplings for £5; Breeno’s Kitchen, where you can get 3 samosas for £5; and The Panormus Pizzeria, where you can build your own salad for just £5.



2 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD  

84-90 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3PT 

78-82 Fratton Rd, Fratton, Portsmouth PO1 5BZ


Wetherspoon's bar


Wetherspoons is known for its cheap drinks and food, but they even have a full meal for just over £5. For £5.04 you can get a burger, chips, and a drink.


Boswell’s café

Unit 111, Cascades Shopping Centre, Cascades Approach, Portsmouth PO1 4RP


Boswell's cafe counter


Boswell’s café is a family owned company which offers a range of food and drink. The location is perfect for a quick lunch while you take a break from some shopping in Cascades. They offer a range of toasties from just £4.50, and if you’re early enough, their breakfast sandwiches start from just £4.25.


Gida Express 

12 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD


Gida Express shop front


Gida Express is a takeaway popular with many students, as it is a prime location for a quick dinner on your way home from lectures. They offer a range of cheap food, with burgers from £3.50, kebabs from £5.00, and so much more.


Campus Cafes

Various Locations



cafe coco bar area


The University has a range of cafes, each with their own sets of food on offer. For example, Café Coco has burgers, hotdogs for £4.50, and jacket potatoes for £3.70. It is definitely worth giving each café a visit to see what is on offer. Your university ID card also works as a loyalty card, meaning you get points on every purchase.