The Best Place To Buy Food At The UWI Mona Campus

The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, is the largest and most recognized tertiary institution in Jamaica. The campus accommodates thousands of local and international students of varying cultural backgrounds. It becomes quite necessary for the university to provide many dining options to facilitate the students’ diverse  palate.

It is very hard to find a place to purchase food that is easy on the pocket, great tasting, and has fast customer service. In most cases you have to choose two of the three options. Below are a list of the places you can purchase cooked food on campus and their raking. The list below is very subjective and is completely based on my personal experiences. The prices, menus and service stated are subject to change at the discretion of the business.

1. Yao UWI

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Yes, Yao UWI branch is still in business, unbelievable?…..believe it! In my opinion this is the worst tasting food you can buy on campus. This is not an attempt to degrade the quality of food Yao, the Chinese fast food franchise provides, as its Sovereign branch makes a superb sweet and sour chicken that not only keeps me coming back for more, but is one of the reasons I am not a vegetarian as yet. If you are accustomed to the Sovereign branch, do not expect the same quality at the UWI branch, you will be disappointed. I am not the only one who has experienced this, but after eating at Yao UWI, I feel really really bloated. The good thing about Yao UWI is their fast service, and cost. A small meal cost $300 and they really pack your box! At Yao, you never have to wait very long.

Yao UWI 5/10

2. The Spot

Comparatively speaking, Yao sells more for less when compared to their neighbors, The Spot. The Spot, however sells way better tasting, Jamaican food in a comfortable environment designed to entertain. With a pool table, flat screen TV, slushes and alcoholic beverages, this restaurant truly hits, ‘the spot’. Waiting time is not optimized especially when serving a lot of customers, but the environment compensates for this inconvenience.

The Spot 7/10

3. Social Welfare 

Immediately across from the health center, lies a secret most students don’t know. But those who do, more often than not give great reviews. The food (Jamaican) tastes very pleasing in a nice, closed, quiet environment. The price, though not the best for the quantity, does not put a politician in your pocket.

Social Welfare 6.5/10

4. Mae’s Cafeteria

The food isn’t very good, but the price is quite affordable. Attached to the Mary Seacole Hall, a nice environment and low waiting times the only real complaint I have is the food, which is the most important. I do not recommend Mae’s Cafeteria.

Mae’s Cafeteria 5/10

5. Bee Hive

Bee Hive

One of the most popular places to buy quality cooked Jamaican food on campus. Opening at 7 with a diverse breakfast menu what anyone can afford, Bee Hive is thriving. You can buy fried dumplings in the morning and if you cannot afford the stewed chicken which cost $220 then you can have your dumplings with gravy for just an extra $20. With a friendly staff, Bee Hive ensures that everyone is satisfied. The biggest disadvantage with this restaurant is the waiting time. At about mid-day the waiting line may extend beyond the honey comb and the wait is very long. The price for a small meal is $340 and they tend to offer free fried dumplings in your meals to ensure nothing gets wasted. They also cater for vegetarians, offering meatless meals daily.

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Bee Hive 7.3/10

6. Page’s Cafe

Pages Cafe is the most upscale place to buy food on campus. With their ‘Gourmet Thursdays’ often featuring grilled salmon and their unique daily menus, it is the spot for UWI staff members. The cost of each meal, however, is nothing to smile about. Quality food, but less than acceptable customer service and high prices kicks Pages out of the book for the number 1 spot.

Pages Cafe 6.9/10

7. Juicy Patties

Juicy patties

Juicy is the most popular fast food franchise on campus. It is the number one choice for most students because the meals are not costly. The food sold for lunch are not very substantial but there is a lot from which you may choose. Juicy Patties offer an excellent breakfast menu including fritters, porridges, fried and cooked dumplings, chicken, callaloo and the best steamed fish you can buy on campus. Due to high demands, the restaurant has been optimized for fast service.

Juicy Patties 7.5/10

8. Bucks

Bucks

A fresh look and a new name for the cafeteria located right beside the UWI maintenance department. In my experience their only limitation is their ridiculously long waiting times. In time, I trust this will be resolved, but for now:

Bucks 6/10

9. KFC

KFC – No good. The prices and the waiting times are the primary disadvantages of this franchise. The food is okay, if you like KFC. But there isn’t anything else I can positively say about it.

Everybody does it better.

KFC 5.5/10

10. The best place to buy cooked food on campus

Very recently I was introduced to this place by a friend. After trying it out, deciding which place was the best place to buy food on campus was easy as ABC. Yes, ABC Hall cafeteria, in my view, hits the spot. great tasting food, very affordable and very quick customer service. Many persons do not know this place exists as it is so far from the general campus population, but it is totally worth the walk. a small meal cost $290 and they do not hold back on the quantity. If you are able to close the box of food you receive, then return to Life of a Jamaican, for a full refund.

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I dare you to close it.

ABC Cafeteria 8/10

Honorable Mention

A.Z Preston Hall Cafeteria and Taylor Hall Cafeteria. Both are very affordable, food tastes pleasing and very low waiting times. Limited by their location.

Both 6.5/10

Dukkuno Deli, located along the Ring Road just across from Mona school of business, offers pizza, salads, burgers and special drinks such as the ‘Mochaccino’ which is a coffee-chocolate blend. The prices are very high so only a select few make the Deli their daily choice.

Dukkuno Deli 6.5/10

– Aldeam Facey 2015

25 thoughts on “The Best Place To Buy Food At The UWI Mona Campus

  1. Lex-Anne says:

    Great article.. And everything covered. I’m in love with the food at ABC and beehive . The quality of the food at the Spot SBG isn’t consistent, But on a good day the food is amazing!. U didn’t mention Rex’s cafe lol best curried goat there is in Jamaica .

    1. Aldeam Facey says:

      I never mentioned it cuz I’ve never had it! But I’ll update the post as soon as I do

  2. I am frustrated looking on campus for food. Bee-Hive used to be my go to but I’ve written them off because I got a snail shell in my rice some time ago. My recent stop is Page’s for their curried chicken. I’ve never had the pleasure of eating at ABC but my question before I venture to never never land is about accessibility. Since it is a hall am I required to sign in? You now have me eager to try it!

    1. Aldeam Facey says:

      No sign in required… Just enter the gate n head str8….no security at the front

  3. Island Girl says:

    Could you give me advice on the best hall to dorm?

    1. Aldeam Facey says:

      AZ preston was my hall so I’d be biased…. But in terms of cost.. The traditional halls… Irvine Chancellor seacole Taylor…. In terms of comfort… Rex or ABC… Preston strikes the balance

      1. Island Girl says:

        Oh , I wanted to chose one of the Az Preston or Mary Seacole but I was told undergraduates will not get single rooms , I was saying ABC but I have no idea how it looks

    2. Aldeam Facey says:

      ABC used to be a nurse’s residence, the single rooms are the biggest a first year undergrad will get (rex rooms are very….very small so is towers “elsa leo rhyne hall” If you need a single room then you may try ABC

      1. Island Girl says:

        Thank you for the advice.

      2. IdeasXO says:

        Mary seacole hall has the largest single room on campus, and its mostly undergraduates who live on all these halls; both in single and bouble room

      3. Nicolette Wil says:

        ABC is an excellent place to live. Visit YouTube at Cribs: ABC Hall Edition to see a video.

    3. Aldeam Facey says:

      This article is in progress

  4. thats a “foody” post,the best is a matter of opinion. you can visit my blog to see an educational perspective
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  5. Ayeisha says:

    Finally someone agrees with me about Yao! I can’t seem to understand why students flock there everyday.

  6. I’m going to be an odd ball and say that,honestly, Yao is my favourite spot to purchase food.Its necessary to note though,that i haven’t tried all these different foods places you’ve litsed. Thanks for this post Aldeam. Ill try to become familiar with these other places soon.

    1. Aldeam Facey says:

      Very soon bro……cuz yao….

  7. Bucks for my money!

  8. MaxiTaxiBass says:

    Rice and peas rice and peas rice and peas , chicken , u shudve written an article on the outrageous prices at HiLo for students, the poor service of all these eateries including lack of proper opening hours , instead of jus sugar coating all the bs, truth is truth no matter how u want to spin it

  9. Sunny says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I’m a UWI alumnus and wish i had this blog when i first went to UWI. I’m traveling there this summer with no intention of cooking, so this info is good to know!

    1. Aldeam Facey says:

      Sunny there are a few changes…. Pages is not longer open, little Ceasars now operates at the location…. And there is now a burger King branch across from med sci building

  10. Gina says:

    How much should a student budget for living expenses such as food and transport per month?

    1. Aldeam Facey says:

      At least 15k jmd

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