“How on earth am I going to survive on THAT amount of money a week!?”

A common phrase said by most students at the beginning of every term. With new places to visit and new friends to meet on a daily basis it’s incredibly exciting. However leaving Mum’s cooking behind and budgeting isn’t exactly the top of any student’s priority list.

You love to eat, right? But you haven’t a clue where to start on this tight budget. Living off what you love is great, but chocolate, pot noodles and toasted sandwiches can make you unwell and feel unhealthy; it’s time for a change. Cooking for yourself needn’t be daunting, so here are some quick and easy recipes to give you a stepping-stone to get there.



  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Knob of butter
  • Handful of grated cheese (optional)
  • Ingredients of your choice: Ham, Mushrooms, Peppers, Peas, Bacon, Spinach (Get creative ;-))
  • Mix eggs with milk and some salt and pepper.
  • Heat some butter in a frying pan and add the egg mixture.
  • After one minute, stir and reduce heat.
  • Sprinkle your chosen ingredients (ham, mushrooms, peppers etc) onto the surface and wait for the omelette to set underneath.
  • Sprinkle with cheese - if you want cheese, that is - and cook for two to three minutes (less time for a wetter omelette).
  • Fold in half and ENJOY.

Sweet Chilli Prawn Noodle Salad


  • 1 nest of noodles
  • 1 handful of cooked frozen prawns
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • Cook the noodles according to packet instructions.
  • Run the frozen prawns under cold water to defrost and then do the same to the noodles to cool.
  • Mix together the lime juice and sweet chilli sauce and then add in the remaining ingredients and toss together.
  • Tuck in!




  • 1 Small onion
  • 500g of a mince of your choice (Beef, Pork, Chicken, Lamb)
  • 1 Egg
  • Burger Bun and any toppings you wish (bacon, cheese, onion etc)
  • Dice a small onion and tip into a bowl with mince beef and one egg.
  • Add any herbs or spices you wish to add some extra flavour.
  • Roll the mixture into four balls and flatten to make burger-shaped patties - if you’re having one the others can be individually wrapped and frozen (defrost before cooking).
  • Put on a plate and cover. Leave in the fridge to firm up for about half an hour.
  • Heat a frying pan and place the burger on cook for about 15/20 minutes, until cooked through. Turn once.
  • Enjoy with a burger bun, salad and any toppings that you desire!

Tips for food shopping as a student:

  • Make a shopping list.
  • Be thrifty, mysupermarket.com helps you to compare and price match.
  • Try shopping with cash only and leave your cards at home, that way it’ll force you to stick to a budget.
  • Don’t shop when you’re hungry – an old classic!
  • Pick up some real bargains, take advantage of deals and reduced prices.

It’s about making the most of your ingredients, embracing leftovers and using your freezer! For other great recipes, hints and tips have a browse on the web. Jamie Oliver has some particularly great money saving meal ideas

Happy cooking!

By Yasmin Godfrey