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Your Weekly Shop at Uni

We’ve come up with a shortlist of food items that don’t break the bank but will also help you to maintain a balanced healthy diet.

So at uni, you’ll obviously have to budget and spend your money smartly. But it can be difficult knowing what to spend money on and when. Plus there’s socialising, books and clubs, not to mention feeding yourself. 

We’ve come up with a shortlist of food items that don’t break the bank but will also help you to maintain a balanced healthy diet. 


Weekly Items
  • Loaf of bread 
  • Pasta 
  • Milk 
  • Rice
  • Cereal
  • Fruit 
  • Vegetables 
  • Potatoes 
  • Meat/ Fish/ Veggie alternatives
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Tins (beans, tomatoes, soup, chickpeas)
  • Yoghurt 
  • A few snacks (crisps, biscuits, chocolate, cereal bars)


Things you should always keep in your cupboard/ fridge 
  • Butter 
  • Cordial 
  • Herbs & Spices 
  • Stock cubes
  • Oil 
  • Spreads
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sauces (tomato, mayo, soy, sweet chilli) 
  • Tea & Coffee


Checkout the Student shopping list from University Compare, to see what absolute essentials every student needs in their cupboards and fridge.

Having a weekly shopping list is great, but then you have to use these ingredients to make 3 tasty meals a day. You need to know how to cook them, how to season them and what other ingredients you should use alongside them. If you’re a little unsure of what meals you can make with all of these ingredients, click here to read our blog about the Best Student Meals.


Click below to explore more useful blogs on food shopping when you’re a student. 

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