A healthy diet is important not just for our physical and mental health. It also allows us to maintain concentration and energy - which are vital for studying and surviving the busy student lifestyle.

If your diet is poor you will end up feeling sluggish, tired, and struggling to concentrate and you may also find your mood becoming lower. We have lots of tips on how to maintain a healthy diet and on how to eat well cheaply.

If you aren't used to cooking regularly for we've some cooking tips.

We also have some student recipe websites for you to try:

Eat well cheaply

Plan your budget - Work out how much you're going to spend on food each week and stick to it. Otherwise, you could be eating like a king at the start of term and recycling your teabags by the end.

Cook with friends - if you each take turns buying and cooking a meal you will all save money

Get back to basics - Processed food is a pricey option because you're paying for the processing. It's much cheaper and often more nutritious to buy basic ingredients and make your own meals. If you aren't used to cooking for yourself see our cooking tips.

Compare prices - Remember to shop around. Find out whether your local greengrocer or market stall is better value than the supermarket. The University often has a fruit and veg stall in the Atrium. And you'll often save a few pence by buying a supermarket's own products, rather than the big brands.

Shop seasonally - It stands to reason that in the middle of winter you'll pay more for strawberries flown in from a distant corner of the world, so save by buying your fruit and veg when it's in season.

Don't be seduced by special offers - Getting 20p off, three for the price of two, or 15% extra is great if it's something useful. But don't fill the cupboards with Battenberg cake just because it's on special offer!

Cook batches - It can be expensive buying a different set of ingredients for every meal, so it's a good idea to cook up a batch of food. After cooking, cool the food quickly (within one to two hours), then freeze in serving-sized portions. Make sure you reheat the food until it's steaming hot all the way through.

Watch your waste - If you buy food that goes off quickly, plan your meals so it all gets eaten or frozen for future use.

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