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5 Cheap & Easy Meal Ideas For Students

5 Cheap & Easy Meal Ideas For Students

Heading off to university is both an exciting and scary new venture. One of the scariest things that you may encounter is having to cook your own meals every evening.

For many young adults, a warm cooked meal is always delivered to the kitchen table by a reliable relative.

If the loss of a warm cooked meal isn’t enough, trying to shop on a budget is also another hurdle that you will encounter. That’s why we have put together a guide specifically for students.

Here are 5 cheap and easy meals that every student can make!


Eggs are not only a good source of protein, but they are also very inexpensive. Buying a pack of 12 free range eggs will not only cost you less than £2 in most supermarkets, but they also provide you with many meal options. Dependent on what you would like to compliment your dish, omelettes can be very healthy and easy to make. Finish with a side salad or vegetables to complete the meal.


Soup is the perfect go-to meal for any student living on a budget. The great thing about them is that they are easy to make and are very versatile. It doesn’t matter whether you are vegan or a vegetarian, there is always a tasty soup recipe perfect for you! To save money, cook up a large batch and place them into individual containers. These can then be frozen and reheated, ready to eat after your lecture!

Jacket Potato 

A well-known friend to the student is the jacket potato. Jacket potatoes are easily sourced from all supermarkets. Whether you buy them individually or within a large sack, you are always getting your money’s worth. If you like simple beans and cheese or perhaps something with tuna, garnish your dish with your favourite side salad to finish.


As a student there aren’t enough hours in the day to fuss in the kitchen. Fajitas are tasty and versatile – the students favourite combination! Choose from as many fillings as your heart desires and mix it up to fit your taste buds. The best thing about fajitas is that you can tailor your tortilla to fit your dietary needs.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Feeling homesick? The classic Spaghetti Bolognese is not only your reliable relatives best dish, but it is also cheap and easy to make. Simply head to your local store and grab yourself the basic ingredients; Spaghetti, your meat or Quorn choice, Tomato Sauce and you are done! If you would like to push the boat out, why not add some seasonal peppers and onions to test your culinary skills!