With move in dates just over 2 months away you should probably start thinking about grown up life away from home. Being responsible for picking meals was the most exciting aspect of moving to university for me and it’s fair to say I definitely learned A LOT especially in first semester which is just around the corner!
The first thing I learnt was that Just Eat is not your friend. End of. With over 130 different restaurants including desserts, it’s a massive temptation that will leave you in your overdraft! Instead, why not get your friends together and have a FAKEAWAY. My favourite is our, ‘flat fajita nights’, super cheap when you all chip in and if you do the cooking then you can assign someone else to wash up. We did however enjoy a couple of takeaways over first year and I definitely recommend treating yourself now and again. Here’s a list of good fakeaway ideas.
If you’re living in Oadby, then ASDA will be your nearest supermarket, and they do delivery. If you time it right it’s a mere £1. The trek from ASDA to accommodation always feels like a marathon when carrying enough chicken nuggets to feed an army. Although, if you do decide to walk remember it shuts at 4 on a Sunday, I learnt this the hard way. The best time to go is roughly half an hour before closing, bag yourself cheap meat, bread and cheese and chuck it into the freezer until you want it. The market in the city centre is also such a lifesaver when it comes to fresh fruit and veg and it is my haven, big bowls of peppers, tomatoes, avocadoes all for just £1!
Lunches will be the bane of your life. You started lectures at 9 am and skipped breakfast because, well, you woke up 7 minutes before the last bus left and you don’t finish lectures until 6. The sweet smell of bagels calls. You must resist because spending money in the SU soon adds up. I love making lunches ahead because it gives you a kick when you know its cost you a fraction of the price. Tortilla wraps were always fun because you could make really exciting combinations such as meatballs/halloumi/chicken nuggets and so on. I also loved taking cold pasta to uni for lunch because you could make it in bulk and use up all the bits in your fridge that’s about to go off, e.g. mushroom, pepper, onion, cheese, bacon, sausage. Just throw it all in, pop it in a tuppaware box and you’re good to go for the next week!
If you’re moving into Leicester in September and want to know anything else about cooking and food shopping comment below with your questions and have a read of Hannah’s blog. Or if you have any good tips for saving money let me know too!