Robarts Library is huge and one of the most well-known study spots on campus. But did you know that it serves up some incredible meals to students? I actually don’t think the food court at Robarts gets enough credit, so here are some of the reasons why I like going there:

  • It’s convenient: If we are going to spend all our free time studying and trying to make sense of course material, we may as well do it with food. The food court is on the second floor, so it’s convenient and easy to get work done and get healthy, fresh food at the same time.
  • Food options touch every corner of the world: No matter what mood you’re in, there is something for you. If you want to pair your economics problem set with a chicken shawarma, you can make your way to the Za’atar, which serves Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines. Are you in the mood for Mexican cuisine after a long study session? Treat yourself to a burrito bowl at Tortillas. If you’re craving Italian, you can choose between pasta and pizza, or opt for both. There really are a lot of options.
  • Prime access to coffee: At one point or another, we’ve all had been in the library late at night putting on the finishing touches of an assignment or cramming for a test in the morning. Regardless, to get us through the night it is essential to grab a large cup of coffee to maintain focus. Luckily, there’s lots of coffee right in the library. Whether you’re a fan of Starbucks or University of Toronto’s own Blue Dragon coffee, there’s definitely enough caffeine there to help us survive.
  • Opportunity to De-Stress: There’s a lot of seating at Robarts, so it’s a good place to meet up with friends at the end of a study session. University is stressful, so it’s always good to take a few moments to focus on the friendships that we have built so far during university.

Whether you’re trying to find books for your research paper in the stacks or spending your Friday night studying late, there’s always good food and snacks to be had at the food court before getting back to work.

-By Aiman Akmal
Food Services
Student Blog & Social Media Coordinator