On and Around Campus
There are a great variety of options if you want to eat out on UAlberta's north (main) campus, or if you need to get something quickly. Most fast food options on the north campus can be found either in SUB (students' union building) or in HUB mall, as well as on the main floor and basement of CAB (central academic building). Certain larger buildings around campus (such as CCIS) feature coffee shops.
If you're looking for other options, there are many restaurants and cafes clustered around the north end of 109th street (just to the east of campus), as well as on Whyte (82nd) avenue, a popular dining and shopping area in Edmonton.
Using your ONE Card
Every University of Alberta student has a ONE Card, which you're able to load with money which can be used at campus businesses. Read more about your ONE Card. Be aware however, that not all campus businesses accept the ONE Card as a payment method.
Edmonton has a great variety of restaurants, with hundreds of options offering many types of cuisine at varying pricepoints. The greatest selection of restaurants will likely be in downtown Edmonton, which is only a few minutes away from the UAlberta north (main) campus using the LRT (subway), with many options also in Old Strathcona and Garneau,the neighbourhoods adjacent to north campus.
When Canadians eat out a tip is always left, as a matter of course; the amount is usually between 10% and 20%, with most people leaving around 15%. Not leaving a tip is seen as a sign that the customer was strongly dissatisfied with the food or service. When you go out with large groups (generally 6 or more people), an 18% gratuity (tip) is usually automatically added to your bill.
It is not expected that you will leave a tip for fast food or coffee shops (although at coffee shops many people will put a small amount of coins in the "tip jar)." If you have food (such as pizza) delivered, a tip of around $5 is generally given to the person delivering the food.