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    Contribution from Fluffy, btw can mods make this a sticky, cause this thread is really good!

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    Here are some eating tips for university and college students.

    If you’re heading for college or university, the chances are you’re living away from home for the first time. It’s up to you to make sure you don’t waste away. And what's worse, you're expected to do it with the aid of a fiver, a two-ring hob and a toaster.

    If up till now you’ve avoided the kitchen on a matter of principle, here are a few tips on how you can satisfy your hunger and eat healthily on the tightest of budgets.

    Top tips to make your pounds/dollars go further

    Plan your budget — Work out how much you're going to spend on food each week and stick to it. Otherwise, you could be eating like a king at the start of term and recycling teabags by the end.

    Get back to basics — Processed food is an expensive option because you are paying for the processing. It’s much cheaper and often more nutritious to buy basic ingredients and make your own meals.

    Compare prices — Remember to shop around. For example, find out whether your local greengrocer or market stall is better value than the supermarket. And you’ll often save a few pence by buying a supermarket’s own products, rather than the big brands.

    Shop seasonally — It stands to reason that in the middle of winter you’ll pay more for summer produce flown in from a distant corner of the world, so you’ll find it cheaper to buy fruit and veg when it’s in season in the UK.

    Don’t be seduced by special offers — Getting 20p off, three for the price of two, or 15% extra is great if it's something useful. But don't fill the cupboards with Battenberg cake just because it’s on special offer!

    Cook batches — It can be expensive buying a different set of ingredients for every meal, so it's a good idea to cook up a batch of food. After cooking, cool the food quickly (within one to two hours), then freeze in serving-sized portions. Make sure you reheat the food until it’s piping hot all the way through.

    Watch your waste — When you buy food that goes off quickly, plan your meals so it all gets eaten or frozen for future use.

    Starchy Foods

    You should eat lots of starchy carbohydrates as part of a healthy balanced diet. So, try to base each meal on a starchy food, such as those mentioned below. The good news is that these foods are often very good value, if you shop wisely.

    Porridge oats — You can get a 1kg bag of porridge oats for well under £1, and this is a really filling meal to start the day. If you don’t like porridge made the traditional Scottish way with water and salt, try making it with milk and honey. And you could try adding some fresh or dried fruit for variety.

    Bread — Bread is a good source of starchy carbohydrates. Choose wholemeal bread rather than white, because it's more nutritious and more filling.

    Potatoes — Heard the expression 'cheap as chips'? Baking potatoes are great value and very versatile. Cost-effective fillings for baked potatoes include cheese, tinned tuna, and baked beans. You can also boil, roast, mash, sautee or fry them. But remember you’ll generally pay more for baby new potatoes.

    Rice — Another good source of starchy carbohydrates, rice makes a great accompaniment to dishes like curry and chilli. You can also use it to make risotto or add it to salads. Make sure that you store cooked rice in the fridge and reheat it until it’s piping hot all the way through.

    Pasta — It's generally cheaper to buy pasta in bulk. It’s filling, low in fat (provided you don't smother it in creamy sauce) and very easy to cook. Experiment with making your own sauces with tomatoes and veg, chicken and fish, rather than buying ready-made pasta sauces, which can be quite expensive.

    Fruit and veg

    We should all be eating at least five portions of fruit and veg each day. They still count whether they are fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced (but juice only counts as one portion a day, however much you drink).

    Avoid overcooking vegetables, because most of the vitamins end up in the cooking water. It’s better to cook them for a short time in as little water as possible.

    If you have the freezer space, try buying frozen veg. These are economical, because you can take just what you need out of the freezer and then there isn’t any waste.

    Tinned tomatoes — These can form the base of all sorts of sauces, are low in fat and count towards your daily portions of fruit and veg.

    Carrots — Carrots are one of the cheapest veg around when bought loose, but you’ll pay a premium for packs of baby carrots. Add them to soups or casseroles, or snack on them raw.

    Onions — These are usually really cheap and are useful to add flavour to pretty much any dish. Red and white onions tend to be more pricey.

    Frozen peas — All you need is a pan of water to cook these from frozen in a few minutes. Adding a few spoonfuls to a meal is an easy way to boost your fruit and veg quota. Serve them as a side dish or put them in rice and pasta dishes.

    Apples — Of course, the cost of apples differs according to the variety and the time of year, but some are really cheap. A medium-sized apple counts as one portion and makes a healthy snack.

    Fruit juice — Concentrated fruit juice, which you will usually find in the soft drinks aisle, tends to be much better value than the varieties sold in the chilled section.

    Sources of protein

    Baked beans — Beans on toast is a classic student dish and it’s actually a very healthy option, especially if you use wholemeal bread, low-fat spread and beans without added sugar and salt.

    Chicken — Chicken tends to be better value if you buy it in larger quantities. So, if you’ve got a freezer, you could chop it up (removing the skin to lower the fat content) and then freeze it in small amounts. Always defrost and cook chicken thoroughly, and make sure it’s piping hot all the way through with no pinkness left.

    Pulses — Dried beans and lentils are a cheap source of protein and other nutrients for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Always follow the instructions about soaking and cooking on the label.

    Eggs — Eggs are easy to cook and versatile. Try scrambled egg on toast, make an omelette with leftover veg, or chop up hard-boiled egg to add to sandwiches or salads.

    Canned fish — Mackerel and sardines are good sources of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. And since canned fish keeps for ages (remember to check the ‘Best before’ date), it makes a great standby snack, served with a bit of toast or mixed into pasta.

    Milk — It’s full of calcium and vitamins, so a glass of milk is a healthy drink at any time of day. Choose semi-skimmed or skimmed milk for a lower-fat option.

    Crimes against hygiene

    Some people think that having piles of dirty washing up in the sink and eating foods of dubious safety is an essential part of the student experience. But if you don’t think a bout of food poisoning is going to enhance the term, here are a few of the safety corners you really can’t afford to cut:

    Leftover takeaways (takeouts) — If you really want to, there’s nothing wrong with eating a bit of leftover pizza or curry for breakfast, as long as it’s been kept in the fridge. But you mustn’t eat it if it’s been left out at room temperature overnight. In the right conditions, one bacterium could multiply to thousands of millions in twelve hours. Remember to cool leftovers within one to two hours and then put them in the fridge. If you reheat them, make sure they are piping hot all the way through.

    ‘Use by’ dates — ‘Use by’ means exactly that. There really isn’t any leeway — once the ‘Use by’ date has been and gone, you just can’t be sure the food is safe to eat. If you chance it, it could make you ill. ‘Best before’ dates are used on less perishable foods. Once this date has passed the food might not have such a good taste or texture, but it’s unlikely to make you ill.

    Mouldy food — Once you spot some furry growth on food, don’t be tempted to cut that bit off and eat what’s left. Moulds and other fungi produce invisible toxins, which can penetrate the rest of the food and make you ill. So, if a food has gone mouldy it’s safest to bin it.

    Food on the floor — Floors aren’t clean, so any food that is dropped on the floor - even it makes contact for just a fraction of a second - could be covered in dirt and bacteria when you pick it up. So, if your proverbial toast lands buttered side down it belongs in the bin.
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    (Original post by Bhaal85)
    Contribution from Fluffy, btw can mods make this a sticky, cause this thread is really good!
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    thanx for da advice!
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    If living in a shared house set up a house bank account that everyone pays into every month by direct debit to pay for things like cleaning things, bills and shared food like milk and squash. Easier than one person going round collecting cash off people.
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    Question: how do you hang things on walls if you're not allowed blutack? I'm not sure if that rule includes the white equivalent or not for me.
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    How much are people paying for insurance and does anyone know any good companies.
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    (Original post by randdom)
    How much are people paying for insurance and does anyone know any good companies.
    Oh that's a good question!
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    for insurance wait and see if your accomodation covers it because it is generally much cheaper. Minewas £11 last year bt i know people that got private insurance with teh same company for almost 7 times that ammount
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    Just put everything on the good old house insurance like me!

    It won't cost more than a few quid and is normaly reliable
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    (Original post by figgetyfig)
    Question: how do you hang things on walls if you're not allowed blutack? I'm not sure if that rule includes the white equivalent or not for me.
    If you're coming to Cambridge, you'll have a picture rail around your walls, you'll need to get plastic poster hangers (though you may be provided with a few) and hooks - buy these beforehand as I couldn't find any in Cambridge last year. You'll also get a pinboard.
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    Just thought I'd join in with my 2p:
    If you're living in halls, always close your windows and lock your doors when you go out - even if it's just to the kitchen. Harsh sounding I know but fairly important unless you want your laptop/stereo/whatever else you own that's expensive and portable being stolen.
    Make sure you are insured - Endsleigh do good student cover (mine was about £40 last year in halls) but there are loads of other out there and I think some banks can help you out too.
    And finally, bring a dressing gown or a nice big warm coat with you - believe me, you'll be glad of it at 4am when the fire alarm goes off for the third time that night...
    Jenn xx

    Extra thing I remembered later: look on amazon marketplace for secondhand books - you can save a fortune on buying them new and the best thing is you can sell them on at the end of the year when you don't need them any more!
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    How often does the fire alarm go off?
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    That all depends - I lived halls which tended to have a higher-than-average incidence of fire alarms (mainly due to burnt toast, etc.). We had quite a few at the beginning of term but it settled later on (as people learnt not to cook their toast so well I assume...). However my boyfriend's halls only had one per term which were all organised by the tutors as the University required 'dummy' fire alarms once per term to make sure everyone knew what to do.
    Jenn xx
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    and these can happen in the middle of the night, that does not sound good at all.
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    (Original post by randdom)
    and these can happen in the middle of the night, that does not sound good at all.
    no but being burned to a frazzle in your bed sounds worse.
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    (Original post by sashh)
    no but being burned to a frazzle in your bed sounds worse.
    True I suppose it could be a lot worse.
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    (Original post by randdom)
    How often does the fire alarm go off?

    we had 2 fire drills in my hall last year, one at 7pm and one at 1am.

    however, if the smoke alarms are linked you'll be outside quite a lot. the hall opposite us <which is newer, hence having better fire alarms> probably had 2 or 3 fire brigade call outs a month, and there was only 19 of them living there.

    universities take fire alarms/drills very seriously. expect a hyge fine if you dont go outside every time it goes off.

    love Katy ***
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    We were warned about not going out for fire drills when I went to a thing at my uni earlier this year. Hence my purchase today - thick slippers!

    I was just wondering, someone earlier in the thread said bring stationary. What sort of paper/notebooks would you advise? A4 lined? A5? the ones you get in WHSmith and Woolies at absurd prices with cute pictures on the front?

    I've just got paid so I figure I'll stock up now.

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    How about withdrawing all your money from your student account plus the maximum interest free overdraw you can do. Then put it into a building society to gain interest. Not sure if this is legal though.
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    (Original post by ickle_katy)
    we had 2 fire drills in my hall last year, one at 7pm and one at 1am.

    however, if the smoke alarms are linked you'll be outside quite a lot. the hall opposite us <which is newer, hence having better fire alarms> probably had 2 or 3 fire brigade call outs a month, and there was only 19 of them living there.

    universities take fire alarms/drills very seriously. expect a hyge fine if you dont go outside every time it goes off.

    love Katy ***
    hmmm, seems like slippers are a good idea then. And a coat hanging somewhere I can easily grab it as I dont want to get hypothermia either in the a freezing cold torrential downpour or something.
 
 
 
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