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By Costel 05 May 2017

With Easter break being over, exams are approaching scarily fast. For some, this is a new experience while for the veterans, this is maybe just a routine by now.

What is sure is that for everyone, studying and revising are more important now than ever, and in this time, food takes less of a priority. We suggest you keep yourself well fed and hydrated, it is crucial not only for your physical health but also for your mental one.

Even if you need to crunch that textbook in less time that you have, you need to make sure you don’t push yourself too hard and that you keep healthy. A healthy mind in a healthy body will make sure you reach your maximum studying potential.

That being said, Campus Living is here to help. We’re giving you some tips on how to make sure food doesn’t become a burden, all on a budget.

Shops and Cafes                                                     

The first option seems quite obvious; Shops are great for getting a quick snack or meal during heavy studying sessions. There are plenty of options and it’s quite inexpensive so no worries if you’re on a budget!

Did you also know there are offers we have in store to make things easier?

  • Use a Loughborough University Reusable Cup and you’ll get 10% off any hot drink.
  • Use Cash+ and you get 10% off your hot drinks and freshly produced food in all shops and cafes


Additionally, there is a meal deal plan available in our shops.


  • Any A price banded TIFFIN sandwich
  • Any bottled Drink
  • Any standard sized bag of crisps

All for £3.15

Do you also need a pen, pencil sharpeners, notebooks or other stationary? The library shop, EHB shop and James France shop offer a variety of stationary items so you don’t have to go all the way to Tesco for them.

NOTE: The Library Café and Library shop will have extended times starting the 25th of May and ending on the 16th of June

Library Café

Weekdays 9am-11pm
Weekend 9am-9pm
Bank Holiday Monday 9am-9pm
Schedule will go back to normal on Friday late night June 16th (will go back to normal starting Saturday)

Library Shop

10th and 11th June 10am-4pm


There’s a new Coffee Cart available in Hazlegrave, check it out!

Dining Halls

Dining Halls are a great way of getting a good lunch or dinner without spending too much. Our food is freshly produced every day and we have a wide variety of items on our menu from various cuisines.

A £4.95 lunch meal will give you:

  • Soup
  • Hot Dish of the day (vegetarian options available)
  • Dessert and Fruit (or 2 fruit if you want to stay healthy)
  • Unlimited salad bar and drinks

You’ll hardly find better value for money!

If you’re on the go, you can also have your meal as takeaway or use our baguette bar where you can make your own sandwich.

Make sure to check the menu online and see if there’s anything you like

Cooking your own food

Preparing your own meals can take a bit of time but it will save you money and stress in the long run and there are resources out there to make it easier.

You can save time doing groceries by having them delivered to your doorstep. (Most large Supermarkets have a delivery option). You can split the groceries between your house (or flat) mates to get past a certain threshold and get free delivery as well.

If you also want to cook a quick meal and don’t want to go all the way to the supermarket, there are stores throughout the Campus where you can purchase a few items to prepare a quick meal.

Kerry’s fruit and veg also offer fresh produce every Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. Find them outside the Hub for some easy grocery shopping right on your doorstep.

There are also plenty of food blogs and website that have easy to follow recipes for batch cooking on a budget.

  • BBC Good Food is a great resource for finding recipes and you can have your meal broken down by calories and nutritional value and cost per portion,  ideal for tracking what you eat and how much to spend.

Food on the weekend

For those who are not catered during the weekend (looking at you, Towers) sorting out food can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are options for you and using a combination of all the resources above, you can go through the weekend without many hiccups.

  • Village Bar serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and the venue is open until 5 pm
  • Towers Dining Hall serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and dinner from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Library Café offers a sandwich bar and other snack options on weekends from 10 am to 5 pm (until the 25th of May when the opening times get extended – check above)



Hopefully, this will help you power through revision and get top marks.


Good luck out there!

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