How to eat for cheap when food on campus doesn't hit the spot

Lois King on 11 November 2020
How to eat for cheap when food on campus doesn't hit the spot

Food on campus not hitting the spot this term? Here are 5 of the best meal deals that will get you cheap filling food to match your budget.

Universities were caught selling meals for up to £17.95 a day while self-isolation measures were in place during the first lockdown of the semester, which didn't meet the average student’s criteria of cheap, filling and easy. That’s why we’ve put together this ultimate guide to food apps and subscriptions that will fill you up for under a tenner. Chances are these meals will taste better too. 

1. Tastecard

Here at Student Hut, we care about your finances. That’s why we’ve partnered up with Tastecard to offer you an exclusive student bargain; a whopping three month trial, free of charge. What does this mean? Well, you’ll be able to get discounted meals at loads of restaurants, including Papa John’s and Pizza Express. In addition, you can also get half-price deliveries from Domino’s and Pizza Hut, perfect for when food on campus isn’t up to par. Sign up to the Student Hut newsletter to check out our weekly exclusive deals. 

2. Hello Fresh 

Hello Fresh is the food delivery service that’s changing the game during lockdown. With personalisable meal plans that you can alter on a week-by-week basis, you’ll never be short on cooking inspiration with a Hello Fresh subscription, and meals will cost you a whole lot less than those university food parcels. You can get your meals as cheaply as £3.44, and if you open your account this November, you can get 30% off your first order. 

3. Online grocery shopping

We know it sounds a bit too grown-up, but it’s worth saving those pennies and filling up on cheap, budget-friendly meals. A lot of campus supermarkets are notoriously expensive, so online shopping is a great way of keeping costs down. You could buy ingredients for a couple of meals and then take it in turns to cook for your whole flat. Get your flatmates involved by hosting a pot-luck dinner party. Everyone brings a dish and then you’re left with a feast. Who said you can’t party during lockdown?

4. Get savvy

Find out what competitions you can take part in for the chance to win vouchers, money or freebies. You can use HotUkDeals to stay up-to-date with the latest offers, but for now, check out the Meal Deal competition we are currently running on Student Hut, with the chance to win £100 in supermarket vouchers.

5. Apps

If you haven’t heard about Olio and Too Good to Go, then get to know them today. They’re both great apps that help you reduce food waste while saving a pretty penny. The premise of the apps is that you can ‘rescue’ food that’s nearing its sell-by date. With Olio, you can get freebies from your local community. This can be done socially-distanced as people can leave the food outside for you to collect. With Too Good to Go, you can pick up restaurant-quality food that didn’t make it to the diners for a third of the price. Download them today to keep your budget in check. 

Make sure you sign up to our Student Panel today, so you can share your opinions and stay up-to-date with the latest student discounts. You’ll get a free £10 Amazon voucher when you sign up.

Lois King
Lois King on 11 November 2020