Student food

Make your own lunch and save up to £250 per year

It’s easy to spend £3+ on lunch each day. Make that same lunch yourself and it might only cost you around £1. Assuming you buy lunch 4 days a week, that’s a saving of £2 per day (or £8 per week). For 3 x 10 week terms that’s a saving of around £240. That’s a lot of books (or beer!).

Are you in self catering accommodation?

​If you are self-catering check out EcoFrenzy’s food page – we give loads of money saving ideas.

Try not to buy lunch on the go, you can save ££’s by making your own sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Be sensible with your food. Here is a sobering thought – on average, 30% (8.3 million tonnes) of food is thrown away in the UK every year, a massive £700 per household. If we all help stop this outrageous waste, the CO₂ reduction would be the equivalent to taking 1 in 4 cars off the road!

Price compare your groceries

Compare the cost of your groceries at MySupermarket (or download the app to use on the go). They will give you the best deals on each item. It could save you up to 30% per trip (roughly £20 per month). Over three terms this adds up to £160+.


Learn a few basics of cooking, boiled eggs and beans on toast have their limits.

Stock up on a few basic recipes from your parents – you will save money when you shop if you know the ingredients you need to buy rather than wandering round and putting anything and everything into your trolley.
Have a look at EcoFrenzy’s food section on ‘Before and during cooking’.

Students spend around £59-a-month at supermarkets and £54 on eating out and takeaways (according to recent research) – so although it is hard to resist a good takeaway after a night out to soak up the alcohol, try not to order in too often.

​Another great tip is to cook in groups. Rustling up a big meal is less work all-round and saves cash. Plus you get a bit of variety by eating other people’s specialities.

Grow your own fruit and veg

​Green fingered students can have a crack at growing their own food. You don’t need much space to grow some herbs, carrots or tomatoes.