Here’s a quick guide on staying vegan at uni, doing it on a budget and still having fun, with our round-up of vegan cupboard essentials for students.
It’s not uncommon to go to university and shift to mostly, or entirely, plant-based diets. Whether that's for ethical, environmental or penny-wise decision making, if you’re thinking of making the switch, you’re not alone.
Whether you’re a life-long vegan, or it’s a recent decision, it can be hard to maintain a diet, when there are so many new things to adjust to: a big work schedule, new friends and perhaps a new city or country.
Like many things in life, maintaining a healthy, and affordable, vegan lifestyle is easier with company. If you’re able to get a housemate or friend on board (at least with the odd meal), it will feel less like an extra aspect of coursework to keep up with. In fact it might even make shopping, cooking and eating so much more fun.
Find a few spots to get cheap, but tasty vegan treats near your accommodation or campus. A great cafe to go for plant-based cake and coffee whilst revising, and somewhere for a hearty morning-after-the-night-before breakfast. Staples like these could be a great introduction into vegan goings on in your new home.
Here’s our Vegan Eats series roundup of the best vegan restaurants, bars and cafes in cities throughout the UK.
This one may not be the most appealing to everyone reading, but planning your meals for the week before your shop can save loads of cash. Cooking in bulk and freezing meals is an easy way to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the library*.
Variety is the spice of life, and we know eating daal every night for a fortnight can take the fun away from dinner; so what about cooking for housemates once a week? Maybe it will become a habit that takes some stress off.
Be prepared! If you know you like chips at the end of the night, keep a bag in the freezer to avoid expensive 3am trips to the chippy.
A quick tip to instantly shave several pounds off your food shop, is avoiding items labeled as ‘vegan’. This is because brands will often wrack the price up of items that were already vegan, just because they’ve added the leaf stamp onto the packaging. If you’re recently making the change to a plant-based diet, it may seem contradictory, but have a look at Accidentally Vegan. They’ll lead you to the cheapest, plant-based products on the shelves.
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