How to Stay Healthy on a Budget at University

By on October 7th, 2022





It may seem impossible staying healthy at university without breaking the bank, but it is easy when you know how. Sticking to a budget especially when you are a student can be challenging.

Here are some top tips on how to stay healthy at university, keeping your bank balance high!

Make A Shopping List and Stick To It

Panic buying at the supermarket is the worst, especially if you shop on an empty stomach and you have no idea what to buy! How to stay healthy on a budget? Put together a shopping list, which makes meal planning easier and helps save you money too.


Avoid Sticking To Branded Items

Try supermarket’s own branded items- a cheaper alternative to save you money and you will often find these are just as good quality. Sometimes these items are even made in the same factories! In fact, many of Aldi’s own brand items are better than the original including their baked beans. Keep an eye out for discounted items too. You will always find reduced cost items on the shelves as they near or reach the sell-by date.

meal prep

Meal Prep For The Week

Batch cooking meals is a great way for meal planning, and makes eating healthy easier. You’ll be using exactly the right amount of food items you need too. Long days in the library or study room may mean it is more tempting to buy your lunch out, but preparing lunch options saves so much money than picking up items such as salads or sandwiches from a local store.

Too Good To Go

If you haven’t yet discovered the Too Good To Go app, this is definitely one to check out! Here you can find your nearby convenience stores, bakeries, restaurants, and takeaways selling unsold produce from that day if they don’t sell will go to waste. You can buy and collect using the app at huge discounted prices. A great way to save you money and help avoid waste!

takeaways at uni

Avoid Takeaways…

How you fuel your body is really important. Everybody enjoys a takeaway now and again and they might save time in the run up to deadline day. Unfortunately, they are expensive and make staying healthy at university harder. Our meal in a reel series is perfect inspiration! Keep an eye out on Instagram & Youtube for recipe ideas to cook quick and healthy meals.

stay active at uni

Stay Active

Staying healthy at university on a budget is simple and can benefit your mental health and body too. Joining university sports clubs is not only a great way to make friends but the chance to try new sports too. Remember that exercise releases endorphins and increases blood flow to the brain, so keeping active will also help you to concentrate during those long study sessions. It will also help your sleep pattern. Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise and transportation too. Explore your area and local green spots to get those all-important steps of the day in!


Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water- this is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy. Perfect for great skin, brain function and general well-being. Invest in a reusable water bottle to keep track of your daily intake and get into the habit of keeping this with you wherever you go.


Finally, 5 accounts to follow….


Take a look at some of our favourite accounts for health hacks and green living…

@All.things.greenn – for some of the best tips on sustainable living

@student.meals – tasty, healthy recipes on a budget – for general lifestyle tips

@maxlamanna – helping you cut back on waste at mealtimes

@the.starving.student- tasty meal ideas on a budget

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