I miss proper food. Actually no, I miss proper vegetarian food. Don’t get me wrong, I knew being a vegetarian at an American Summer camp would be difficult, but I never thought it would be this hard! I’m constantly hungry as a lot of the time there’s only meat and salad so I’m living on salad and pasta. Everyone’s gaining weight and I think I’m losing it; I swear when camp finishes I’ll be eating for England and America! But now most of my clothes are too big I have an excuse to throw out all my old clothes and come home with a suitcase full of new stuff. Every cloud.
Anyway! Something I really like about the uni of Leicester is the food outlets around campus; they have plenty of healthy, meat free options which means I never have to go hungry. It also means that people with busy schedules can grab something healthy to eat on the go. The prices are sometimes a little too high considering their customers are living on a student budget, but most things are quite reasonably priced, and there’s also the option of getting an le card which provides offers on certain food at the outlets. Pretty sweet, huh?
I think my favourite place, and the one I visit most frequently, is Delic!ous in the Charles Wilson building. They have a wide range of veggie food to choose from, such as a salad bar, a jacket potato bar, falafel and hummus pots, meat free pasta (although, at the moment I don’t think I can ever eat pasta again after practically living on it all summer!), and hummus sandwiches. I feel spoilt for choice and it’s nice to be able to go somewhere that has more meat free options than your standard egg sandwich. They also have little messages underneath food telling you all about the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle which I, obviously, think is great, but of course they have meat options too for people who want it. Oh, and did I mention that their coffee is very nice and only £1.20? I mean Starbucks is nice and everything but you can get two from here for the price of one at Starbucks (you’re welcome, guys).
That’s just one place that I happen to know a lot about because I’m in there a lot but there are plenty of outlets at the uni of Leicester, such as: chi, the Union diner, nourish, Starbucks, and cafes in many of the departments including the library and Maurice shock building. This means you’ll never go hungry, no matter what your dietary requirements are.
Fun fact: Did you know Leicester became the first university to be accredited by Coeliac UK because of how many gluten-free options they provide?
If you’re a current student you should definitely make it your mission to try as many places as you can before you graduate. If you’re a student about to start studying here try as many places as you can, especially in your first few weeks, so you can figure out which places you like (and which place to run to when you’re desperate for a snack between lectures). On that note congratulations to everybody who got their A-levels this week and secured a place at Leicester. See you in September!