Twelve Student Survival Tips to Eating Well

By RBC Modified on December 21, 2018

Here are 12 ways to eat like a boss on a student budget.


I was a victim of the Freshman 15.

I had lived with my parents up until university and was unprepared to properly feed myself once I moved out. My skills ranged from boiling water to calling the pizza delivery guy, and ramen noodles and carbs made up a big portion of my diet. Adding to the fact that I was on a tight student budget and a good meal was something I only expected when I was home for Christmas.

Upon return to university in my second year, I was determined to make some changes by teaching myself basic kitchen skills and expanding my knowledge from there. What began as a determination to trim down my waistline grew into a passion for cooking and experimenting with budget-friendly dishes. I quickly realized that it's totally possible to eat well on a student budget - and healthy too!

Here are 12 ways to eat like a boss on a student budget:

1. Try Plant-Based Protein Instead of Meat

We need protein in our diet but it doesn't all have to come from meat. There are plenty of non-meat alternatives) that cost less and can satisfy your body's daily requirement.

2. Choose Snacks That Are Filling and Healthy

No one can argue that Cheetos are delicious but they just fill your body with empty calories. Snacks like apples and peanut butter nourish the body can help you feel full longer and curb your cravings.

3. Devote a Day to Meal Prep

Devote your Sundays to meal prep - cook and portion out individual servings that can be stored in the freezer. You now have meals for the week that can be reheated in minutes!

Read the rest of our tips here.