50 Word Project: Staple Foods at Uni

HelpImAStudent reached out to the blogger community a couple of weeks ago, student bloggers to be precise (and graduates within the last couple of years) to find out their go-to foods whilst at university. Do us students really fit the stereotype of supernoodles and red bull? See for yourself…

Amy Poduval, Bournemouth University Graduate (Multimedia Journalism BA), 21

“Pasta. It’s all about pasta. When you can buy a 3kg bag from Asda for less than £3, it’s a no-brainer. My go-to sauce was a tin of tomatoes, a clove of garlic and a sprinkle of chilli flakes – arrabbiata on a budget! Who says students can’t eat well?”

Twitter: @Amyp0d


Rachel Nicole, Birmingham University Graduate

“At University, I basically lived on soup. It was such a simple thing to quickly make in the microwave for lunch or dinner. Plus as they are in tins, they have a long expiration date. I also couldn’t live without Pizza!”


Twitter: @Rachhh_xo

Instagram: @Rachhhh_xo


Eleanor Hartley, Leeds Beckett University 2nd year
“As a student who’s just finished first year – it’s great to have a proper home cooked meal ready on the table for you when you get in from a long day of work. Although the reality is, this luxury doesn’t come often at uni, so you have to improvise a little. My go to recipes for first year included chicken and tomato pasta – it’s quick, easy and super tasty! However, my all-time favourite recipe of first year has to be spicy chicken fajitas. Chicken, Nando’s medium spice, salsa, cheese, sour cream and chive dip topped with broken Cool Original Doritos – the perfect recipe for the busy and hungry student!­”
Twitter: @Eleanor_lh

Matt Rhodes, University of Portsmouth Graduate, 23

“Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta. Pasta… Pasta. 90% of the time with pesto “
Twitter: @MattRhodes92
Instagram: @mattrhodes92

Claire Stapley, University of Portsmouth Graduate, 20
“In my first year, I used to spend my loan on a lot of pizza. Freshers week I survived off Pizza GoGo for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which is actually disgusting when I think about it now. I would say that my go to food was pasta. Uni gave me weird eating habits. One week I’d eat loads of salads and smoothies and be really healthy and then the next week have doner kebabs three days in a row. I had no in-between – but pasta was that safe place that would fill you up after a long old day, and would never let you down! For my first and second year, I really fit the stereotype of a typical student and drank a lot of red bull as I used to work at a bar until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, I was permanently buzzed. It makes me feel sick now if I drink it, or even think about it.
Twitter: @Stvpley
Instagram: clairestapley

Alice Stephens, going to university in September
“Hello! I’m Alice and my blogs called mini Stephens; where I mainly write reviews and recipes. I’m going to university in September to study Media and I think my “go to” meal will be my mums homemade spaghetti Bolognese, which is easy to make, absolutely delicious and it’s fairly healthy!”

Kimberley, East Anglia University
“Food is so important, and on a budget it can rather difficult having a home cooked meal. However, by shopping at Aldi you won’t have an issue anymore! I absolutely love sausages and there’s so many things you can make with them, from sausage casserole to Sausage, mash and beans to a sausage stir fry. You name it, you can make it! From shopping at Aldi you can buy the basic ingredients to make any of these meals quickly and easily in your own kitchen. Although the food is cheaper than many supermarkets, the quality is still pretty damn amazing and the it will make an amazing difference on your lifestyle and your bank account too.” 

Natalia, PHD Student, Sheffield.
PhDs students need to work 7 hours, Monday to Friday. As my time is limited but I want to be healthy, I’ve learnt to include 3 pieces of fruits, 2 portions of vegetables a day plus proteins (meat/fish/milk), carbs (pasta, toasts) and 2 litres of water: one of my best decisions ever!

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 Louise Mensah, student
You needn’t spend a fortune to make yourself a tasty treat at uni. Indomie noodles are cheap and yummy. For a real treat why not add some seasonings (maggi cubes never fail), chopped onions, pepper and chicken? This meal is very easy to make. You can thank me later. 
@LouiseAMensah (Insta/Twitter)

Matt Rhodes

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