How to Cook As a Student at University

Once you've been at university for a year, in the normal situation, you would rent a flat, and find flatmates for the coming year. An important aspect of any flat is food, and how to shop and cook with a limited budget is normally thought to be quite hard, however somewhat easy once you understand the logistics.


  1. 1
    Work out what money you have, and how you're getting it.
  2. 2
    Setup a piggy bank for all flatmates to put towards to. This should be used to go shopping on a regular basis. For example, every Sunday.
  3. 3
    With a budget in mind, buy groceries like fruit, vegetables, and cheap mince, for bolognese. Don't forget the tomato sauce! Do remember to consider specials on at the time, but don't buy items on special because they are on special. Only buy things you will eat!
  4. 4
    Collaborate with your roommates on a list of easy, efficient, and healthy meals that everyone likes. From that, put together a list of staples to always have on hand. This list should include things like cereal, oatmeal, milk, eggs, flour, sugar, coffee, and the like.
  5. 5
    Search the Internet for easy do-able meals that cost per person no more than 5 dollars each. This way, your budget will be kept under control.
  6. 6
    Assign each flatmate to do cooking one night a week, and make it every man for himself in the weekend as people's situations tend to change.


  • Nachos, spaghetti bolognese, pasta, and noodles are a typical diet while flatting. Buy spices etc. if you have the money because it very much helps make the food you're eating more interesting!

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking essentials: pots, pans, plates and cutlery.

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