URBAN eat Guide to your First Uni Food Shop

Let’s face it; unless you happen to be the love child of Greg Wallace and Delia Smith (urgh), cooking for yourself, for what is very likely to be the first time, is going to be pretty challenging.

Toast is about the limit of culinary knowledge most of us have during those first few months at uni, and for some, toast is about as good as it gets the whole way through, well, toast and popping out for a few savoury pastries!

However, unless you want to get rickets, have all your teeth fall out and enter into a vitamin deficiency induced coma, bread and Haribo do not count towards your 5aday (no, not even the cherry ones) and you’re going to need to eat relatively sensibly if you want to stand a chance of surviving Fresher Week and staying awake during those first few important lectures.

Here is our guide to that first important food shop

Be realistic

Remember what I said earlier about toast?  It’s unlikely you’ll turn into Marco Pierre-White in the space of an afternoon, which means you should stick to simple filling foods you stand a chance of being able to cook and prepare quickly.  These include pasta, jacket potatoes, tinned soups and vegetables and savoury rices.  Urban Eat sandwiches are also compulsory student tucker.


Don’t take your mum

She’ll only fuss and worry and fill your trolley with strange looking vegetables you’ve never even eaten at home (like marrow and celeriac) Go instead with a group of your newfound friends from your halls or house – it will be a good ice-breaker and you may discover a secret chef.

Save the mummy-shopping trip to half way through the year when you’re hungry, skint and ready to eat just about anything, even marrow.

 

Stick to a budget

Whilst it’s very tempting to blow your entire student budget in one outing, it has got to last a while.  I know it’s boring, but work out how much you have to live on until the next cheque and try to stick to it. Look at it this way – what you overspend by this week, will have to come off your budget next week.  £2.50 doesn’t go very far these days.