Food Shopping

Moving out and living at university means a lot of things, including cooking and providing for yourself. Working out where to shop is an extra thing to think about on top of all the busyness of fresher’s week, so I’ve made a few maps for you to show where the closest places are. Most of the nearby shops aren’t massive, but they have plenty for what you’ll need. Also, if you want more choice, supermarkets will deliver direct to your flat so you can always order online. I know that some places, like Tesco, do a £40 spend threshold for cheaper delivery, so I’d advise placing an order with your flatmates so that it’s worth it.

map of food shops

1. SU Shop

You can find the student shop in the middle of the campus on ‘the Street’. It doesn’t have a massive selection but does a reasonable variety of stuff, including veg, frozen stuff, a bakery section and toiletries. It’s quite expensive so I wouldn’t advise doing your main shop here, but it’s definitely useful for the occassional shop, grabbing lunch on campus or if you’ve forgotten dinner and don’t want to walk further than five minutes.

2. Tesco Express

This Tesco is pretty popular with students as it’s only a ten minute walk from campus straight up Bluebell Road, or along Earlham Road. The shop itself is pretty small, but they’ve crammed a lot of stuff in there! It gets very busy but it’s also open 24/7 which is super handy.

3. Co-op

There’s a sizeable co-op behind the Tesco Express. It’s bigger and quieter than the Tesco (it seems people get as far as Tesco and then don’t go further so miss the co-op), and also has a Subway in it if you’re a sandwich fan. However, it is more expensive than the Tesco and is not open 24/7.

4. Co-op

I didn’t know whether or not to include this co-op because I think most people just went to the Co-op by Fiveways roundabout, but there is another Co-op a short walk to the east of the university. This might be a choice if you live in accommodation at the edge of campus (but saying that, that’s where I lived and I usually just walked to the Tesco instead). Again, the co-op is more expensive and isn’t 24/7, but this shop is probably quieter than the shops on Earlham Road.


5. Aldi

Aldi is one of the most popular student choices for food shopping because it’s so cheap. If you’re looking for value, this is definitely the place to go – they do a good selection of things so you can do your weekly shop here easily on the cheap. Having said that, it is a lot further from campus, probably around a 30 minute walk. If you have a bike, that can be really helpful for getting shopping back, and I know some people who went together and then paid for a taxi back to get all their shopping home without having to carry lots of bags.

And that’s it for the main food shops near campus! If you’re looking for a Waitrose or Sainsburys, you’ll have to go a bit further from campus or into town, but we’re lucky to have a good selection of shops near to campus.


Student Cookbook: The Best Brownies

What a recipe I have for you today…This makes some of the best brownies I’ve ever had (which makes sense when you see the worrying amount of chocolate and sugar that goes into them). This makes around 12 large brownies, so get baking and enjoy!


  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 325g caster sugar
  • 130g plain flour
  • 3 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 170c
  2. Break up the chocolate and butter and melt them in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat. Add sugar and mix. Then add flour and mix. Finally add the eggs and mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a baking pan (lined with baking paper)
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until flaky on top but still soft in the middle. Enjoy!!


Student Cookbook: Vegetable Curry

Not sure what to have for dinner tonight? Well look no further, because today’s recipe is Sam Brown’s famous vegetable curry. This made enough food for 5 of us, with leftovers, so change the quantities of the ingredients as needed.


  • 4 potatoes
  • 6 carrots
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 onion
  • Fresh chili pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 500g passata
  • Single cream
  • Rice



1) Put some olive oil into a pan and bring to medium heat. Dice the onion and thinly chop the garlic, then add both.

2) Thinly slice the carrots and the potatoes (it is important they’re thin, or they might not be soft enough come serving time!). Boil two pans of water, and place the carrots and potatoes in the pans for a few minutes. Don’t boil them all the way though- it’s important not to overcook them!


3) Drain the carrots and potatoes and add to the pan with the onion and garlic.


4) Add the passata sauce to the pan and stir it in. Chop up the pepper and a chili pepper and add to the pan.

5) Add as much cream as you want to achieve the colour you so desire.

6) Put the rice on, along with whatever else you might be having with your curry (naan bread, samosas, etc)


7) After 15 minutes, drain the rice, take the curry off the heat, and serve.


Student Cookbook: Bacon Pasta

Today’s recipe post in my Student Cookbook series is courtesy of my lovely housemate Tara! This recipe can feed about four, so you can either make it with friends, or simply increase or decrease the ingredients as you need.

You will need:

  • 1-2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 carrots
  • bacon lardons
  • one tin of chopped tomatoes
  • tomato puree
  • pasta
  • herbs


  1. Chop the onion and garlic. Peel and grate the carrots.
  2. In a large pan (we used a casserole dish but a large saucepan with a lid would work fine) fry the bacon lardons in a bit of oil until cooked on the outsidebacon
  3. Stir in the onion, garlic and carrots. Cover the pan and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the veg softens.
  4. Put the pasta on to boil
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and a good squirt of tomato puree to the veg and bacon mix. Add seasoning and herbs – we used pepper, basil, thyme and oregano.
  6. Cover the pan and leave to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  7. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and mix it in with the bacon and veg pasta
  8. Serve up! We used a sprinkling of cheese to finish it off.finished

Student Cookbook: Roasted veg

Welcome to my first recipe post of my ‘Student Cookbook’ series! I’m gonna be posting recipes of my own, and some from my friends, to hopefully inspire you to cook something other than beans on toast while at uni. So put down that pot noodle and dig out the vegetable peeler your mum packed for you somewhere, because it’s time to make some real food.

First up is sausages and roasted vegetables – this recipe is super simple but makes a really delicious and filling meal.

You will need:

  • a selection of veg – I went for carrots, sweet potato, parsnips and onion
  • cooking oil
  • sausages
  • gravy mix
  • mixed herbs and seasoning
  • garlic

This recipe is very flexible so you can change the ingredients depending on how hungry you are or how many people you are cooking for. I always find you need more veg than you think because it will shrink down a bit in the oven so bear that in mind.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Add a generous splash of oil to a baking tray and put it in the oven to begin to heat up
  2. Peel and chop the veg into chunks chopped-veg
  3. Take out the baking tray from the oven and transfer the veg into it. Remember to also add the garlic.
  4. Give the tray a good shake to coat the veg in the oil, you might need to add a splash more here if you feel you haven’t got enough oil.
  5. Season the veg with mixed herbs, salt and pepper veg
  6. Put the tray into the oven. It will take approximately between 45 mins and an hour to cook. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on it, if some of the veg starts to burn around the edges just turn the oven down a bit. cooked-veg
  7. About 15-20 mins before the vegetables are done, start cooking the sausages. This can be done in a number of ways but I find it easiest to grill them
  8. Mix up some gravy – if you’re lazy like me, just get instant gravy granules where all you need to do is add hot water.
  9. When everything is cooked simply plate it up and enjoy!! meal


I hope you enjoy this meal if you make it! Keep an eye out for more recipes coming up on my blog soon.


I’m gonna be honest, I’m no Jamie Oliver, but in my first year I’ve learnt that being at uni doesn’t mean you have to cook badly. A lot of the time, cooking and baking is somewhat limited by lack of time because there’s so much other stuff going on, but sometimes it’s great to make time and put a bit of extra effort in. I thought I’d share this delicious homemade pizza recipe that I made with my friends at uni after exams had finished.


  • 3oog flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • tomato puree
  • cheese
  • your choice of pizza toppings (we opted for pepper and sweetcorn)

Preheat the oven to 200c (if you’re using a university combi-oven, press the ‘conv’ button until 200 is displayed and then press start, the oven will beep when it’s preheated)

Step one: Make the pizza base

Mix the flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in 200ml of warm water and the olive oil.

img_5737Bring the mixture together until it forms a smooth dough. img_5744

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and transfer to an oiled baking tray. img_5778

Step two: Toppings and cooking



Cover the dough with tomato puree and cheese and then add any toppings of your choice

Put in the oven for around 15 minutes (careful the edges don’t burn like ours did!)

Cut up your pizza and enjoy!!!


10 weeks into the second semester can only mean one thing – Easter break! Easter break is 4 weeks long, giving plenty of time to relax with family and eat plenty of chocolate, although inevitably some work will have to be done thanks to impending deadlines and exam season…

This term I decided to stay at university for an extra week in order to try and get some work done before going home. A few of my friends were also staying for the first week of break, so we planned a few fun activities to help us through the long library sessions ahead. Being at uni without the pressures of lectures or seminars actually turned out to be really great, and meant that I could plan my own time more easily. Like the dedicated student I am, I dragged myself out of bed for a few 9am starts in the library, fuelled by copious amounts of biscuits and the lovely views of campus and the lake you get from the top floor.

Aside from work, most of my activities this week seem to have revolved around food, which I have no regrets about! Knowing you’re going home at the end of the week means you don’t really want to do much food shopping, because you’re aiming for an empty fridge before you leave. This was a great excuse to indulge all different kinds of meals, including pizza from the Student Union bar, fish and chips, a Campus Kitchen lunch and of course a classic visit to the bakery that appears in Union House on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Having no lectures meant that I had a lot more time on my hands this week which meant it was a perfect opportunity for more adventurous cooking. It’s a total myth that being at university means you can’t cook well or bake, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time, so this week was a great chance to make proper use of the kitchen! On Monday we had a pancake evening, where I tried bacon and syrup pancakes for the first time (highly recommend), along with the more traditional lemon and sugar combination and Nutella and strawberry pancakes. Then Tuesday afternoon was a chance to bake triple chocolate brownies, which then sustained me through the next morning of library work. Finally, Wednesday brought a more seasonal baking afternoon, making Easter nest cornflake cakes – so easy, but so tasty!

Staying at uni for an extra week turned out to be a great decision – I’ve had so much fun hanging out with friends, baking, and eating my body weight in chocolate/pizza/pancakes, but I’ve also got plenty of work done which will hopefully lead to a more relaxing Easter break. Now I’m off home for three weeks – it’s going to be strange not being at university but I’m also looking forward to seeing my family and not having to worry about things like cooking for myself all the time!

Hope you all have a fantastic Easter!!