the big student shop

The big student food shop

If you are starting university or college soon, you’re not too far away from doing the first ‘big shop’. This is your first full shop to set yourself up and get all of the essentials you’ll be needing for the year ahead. We have created the ultimate uni shopping list for you, all you’ll need to do is screenshot the lists and take them with you on your phone. You’re welcome.


Top tips before you go shopping.

the big student shop

  • Shop at the right place. 🏪  Look for a local supermarket. Corner shops are expensive and you pay for the convenience. Can’t get to a local supermarket or worried you will struggle with all the bags? Why don’t you order your shopping online and book a delivery slot.
  • Remember to take bags before you leave. 🎒 If you don’t have any, buy a few bags for life from the store that you can use over and over throughout the year for your shopping.
  • Eat before you go. 🍌 Did you know if you go food shopping on an empty stomach you are more likely to spend more money on snacks and foods you don’t need.
  • Check what storage space you have 🗄️ before (how many shelves in the fridge/freezer, how many drawers in the cupboard).
  • Consider your budget 💸 and dietary requirements.

Long lasting food essentials students should buy.

student shopping

  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower/Vegetable oil
  • Stock cubes
  • Gravy granules
  • Dried herbs
  • Spices

The best cupboard foods for students.

student meal ideas

  • Tea bags/coffee granules
  • Dried spaghetti/pasta
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Tinned beans
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned soups
  • Pasta sauces
  • Curry sauces
  • Jam
  • Squash
  • Cereal
  • Ketchup/other condiments
  • Bread

List of dairy items for students.

  • Milk (Almond, Oat…)
  • Eggs
  • Butter/spread
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt

Protein shopping list for students.

  • Beef or soya mince
  • Chicken
  • Fish/shellfish
  • Vegetarian/vegan alternatives

Student fruit and vegetable shopping list.

uni shopping list

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Sweetcorn
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots

There are many options when it comes to fruit and vegetables, we have listed a few options to help you get started. It is best to buy seasonally as this will keep prices at their lowest. There are also a few ways to buy fruit and vegetables…

Fresh – 🍏 the most popular option, but can be the most expensive and have a limited shelf life.

Tinned – 🥫 great to cook with and will last longer than fresh produce (and usually cheaper).

Frozen – 🧊 As soon as fruit and vegetables are picked, they can start to lose nutrients and vitamins. It can take some time for them to be delivered to shops, plus time in the shop and then in your kitchen before you eat them. Frozen fruit and vegetables are frozen shortly after they’ve been picked and this helps to preserve the nutrients until you eat them.

Best student Snacks.

student snacks

Lets be honest, everyone deserves a snack to keep them going, and besides, you need biscuits incase you have any visitors or new flat mates to entertain. We are sue you won’t need much help picking out the snacks you need, but here are some of our faves. 🥜🍿🍫

  • Hummus
  • Mixed nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Chocolate
  • Crisps
  • Biscuits
  • Cake

Student cookbooks for inspiration.

student cookbook

Lacking inspiration for meals? Check out some of these excellent student cookbooks 📖 – tried and tested by students all over.


Food subscription services for when you don’t feel like shopping.

You may not have time to or feel like shopping every week during your studies, why not trial a food subscription service like Hello Fresh or Gousto. You choose what meals you fancy and they deliver all the ingredients and recipes to your door. Easy. Remember to check for any student discounts before buying.


 Cook together with your new flat mates.

cooking together as students

If you’re moving in to student accommodation and in particular a shared flat, why don’t you  cook together? This is a great opportunity to get to know one another, as well as show off your skills. This will also give you a chance to learn new cooking skills and taste new flavours. Usually flat mates split the cost of the food shop too. It’s a win win.


Student essentials delivered to your accommodation.

Frying pans, tea towels, plastic food containers and cheese graters to bathroom towels and bedsheets, as plain as they might sound, you’ll definitely need them.

So, to take the hassle out of ensuring you have all the student essentials, we’ve teamed up with UniKitOut. At UniKitOut, you can pre-order everything you need to survive living away from home. What’s more, to make the process even easier, you don’t even have to worry about delivery. Simply fill your basket, select the hall you’ll be staying at and your items will be delivered to our doors and waiting in your room upon arrival.

And don’t forget to enter the discount code HOST10 at the checkout to receive an extra 10% off your order!


Are you looking for your dream student accommodation for September?

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Host offer hassle-free, all-inclusive student accommodation and provide students with a welcoming, reassuring and stress-free experience at university or college.

We provide award-winning services our students have become accustomed to. And our management and staff always strive to exceed the exceptional quality accommodation and service we offer; building on the good reputation we’ve earned over the past 25+ years.

Look inside any of our properties and you’ll discover a comfortable, stylish and safe place to live. Somewhere welcoming and supportive. Happy and relaxed. A place to make the most of being a student. A home.

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Getting serious about the environment we live in.

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It’s a simple campaign! For every percent we reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by we donate to one of our nominated charities.

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