Eat Healthy

Catered vs Self-Catered

If you’re staying in catered accommodation, a variety of healthy meals will be provided for you - take advantage of this to have a balanced diet! If you’re in self-catered accommodation it may seem easier and quicker to get junk food than to cook a proper and healthy meal - make time for cooking and explore the other options available to you. Whether you need to cook everyday or just on the weekends, remember to respect your body and get all the nutrients and calories you need to succeed in your studies.

Here are our top 10 tips to eat healthy:

  1. Do a weekly shop between your flat as it will work out cheaper.

  2. Plan your meals for the week, you will waste less food and therefore less money.

  3. Take lunch into University from home, you will save £5.00 a day on average.

  4. Don't go to the nearest supermarket because it's quicker, walk a little further if another one is cheaper.

  5. If you have to buy food at University, save 10% through your Food On Campus account.

  6. Make a shopping list and stick to it, then you're only buying what you really need

  7. Don't be tempted by 3 for 2 offers unless you need that amount, if you only need 1 you aren't actually saving.

  8. Compare the weight of fresh items before you buy them to make sure you aren't overspending.

  9. Try a shops own brand before splashing out on popular branding as they often taste the same anyway.

  10. Visit the discount shelf before going around the rest of the store, it may have things you need.

Visit MyFood for more information.

Food in advance

FoodInAdvance allows staff and students to top up their ID Cards with money to spend in the 29 FoodonCampus outlets located across campus and Source Cafe in Fallowfield.

It's the cheapest way to buy food and drink on campus as users receive a 10% discount on purchases in FoodonCampus outlets and Source (excludes offers) and 5% in Starbucks on Sackville Street.

Check the FAQs for more info and get started here!

Special Diets and Lifestyles

Gluten free, lactose free, nuts free, eggs free:

You should be able to find plenty of options in on campus supermarkets and cafes. Watch out for the ingredients when buying food - read the labels.

If you shop online, you will be able to find specific sections and detailed product information that will make shopping much easier.


It’s extremely easy to get Halal food in Manchester. Most supermarkets will have plenty of options available and if you go to the Curry Mile you will find most places sell Halal food only, such as Worldwide, Mid-way Meat Store and Meezan Superstore.


The University has set aside a small number of Kosher flats located in Oak House, Fallowfield. If you are living in one of these flats, then you have requested a Kosher environment and therefore, you’re expected to adopt the appropriate lifestyle.

As for Kosher meals, you will have to search online for places you could go to considering your budget, as there are quite a few options available including supermarkets, coffee shops and restaurants. Most of these places are located in the North region of Greater Manchester.

Seventh Day Adventists:

It’s easy to find alternatives to meat, fish and dairy products all over campus, including ready meals. It might be harder to find drinks that suit your diet though, so read the labels!


You’ll be happy to know it’s really easy to find options! There are plenty of vegetarian alternatives in all on-campus supermarkets, cafes and outlets. Just look for the V. You’ll be happy to know that, as part of our Sustainability in Catered Halls project, Mondays are Meat Free! If you’re an ethical vegetarian, you’ll also be pleased to know we’re committed to Animal Welfare.


There are a couple of places offering Vegan options near the campus. Some of the most popular places are The Eighth Day Cafe (supermarket and cafe) and the Go Falafel branches. Otherwise, you’ll have to check individual labels to find out if the product is suitable or not. We’d also like you to know that we’re committed to Animal Welfare and as such we’re bringing this initiative into our catered halls. Visit the Sustainability in Catered Halls for more information.

Please feel free to pass on your knowledge to us so we can keep updating our website and help other students find suitable options. You can email us at

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