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Life In London

The essentials for your first food shop!

By bzbeth 29 Jul 2019

On moving day, there will be a LOT going on.


One thing that should be top of your priority list is food (it's always a priority to us, anyway). As soon as you have got yourself unpacked and settled, visit your nearest supermarket and stock your fridge/cupboards.

Trust us, it'll make your future shopping trips and mealtimes a lot easier - and cheaper! Here are our recommended essentials to always have in the kitchen:


Porridge oats are one of the best breakfasts you can have at university. They give you all the brainpower you need, they're healthy and one box can last you AGES and won't cost much at all.


Pasta is one of the most versatile (and easiest) ingredients. Whether it's spaghetti, penne or macaroni, it'll only take 10-15 minutes to cook. Trying to watch your carb intake? Opt for brown pasta instead.


Rice is cheap, easy to use and very filling. It can be used in loads of different dishes and one bag of rice will last a very long time. Try to buy the biggest bag - consider it an investment!


Potatoes in the cupboard? Dinner is looking good! You have a choice of baked, boiled, fried, mashed or roasted. Sweet potatoes are a great alternative to white potatoes and are packed with vitamins.


Onions are the base of pretty much every sauce/meal so you should always have plenty in your cupboard. Once you know how to chop an onion, you've got a skill for life. Just remember to keep some tissues handy...


Tins can stay in the cupboard for months so get them all stocked up. The most important ones to have are chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn, tuna and a variety of beans, so get plenty of these. Especially if they're on offer.


Eggs can be eaten in so many forms that are all easy to do and they keep for about 4 weeks in the fridge too. How do you like your eggs - boiled, poached, fried, baked, scrambled or in an omelette?


Oil is something that you (or your parents) should splash a bit more cash on. Extra virgin oil or coconut oil are good for you and better tasting. If you want the lighter option though, sprays are best for that.


Herbs and spices can take your meal from 0-100 real quick! Get your cupboard stocked up with versatile ones like basil, thyme, chilli flakes, fajita seasoning and paprika and watch your food be transformed with flavour.


Salt & pepper can be easily forgotten but they really complete meals by adding taste to your cooking or added to boiling water to give vegetables or pasta a savoury taste.

Now once you've bought all of this, it's time to become the Masterchef of the flat - happy shopping!