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A guide to cooking at University

By ZahraRLA 04 Nov 2023

Everyone comes to university with different levels of cooking ability. However, don't let this stop you from learning and experimenting. Read the guide below for recipe inspiration, budgeting tips and general kitchen hacks.


If you don't have much experience in the kitchen, my advice would be to start with a few staple recipes to build your confidence, then try a couple of new recipes a week to expand your skills. All Cardiff University Residences' kitchens will be provided with a student NOSH cookbook full of recipes to try, with easy-to-follow guides. To share a few of my meals:

  • Spaghetti Bolognese

The basic ingredients are minced mince, canned tomatoes and pasta, but add vegetables and herbs in the sauce if you choose.

  • Jacket Potato

Simple but underrated eating. People have a different preference when it comes to cooking jacket potatoes, I like to put it in the microwave for 10 minutes, and then 10 minutes in the oven.

  • Curry

Choose to make your own sauce or buy a jar one, depending on how confident you feel! Use vegetables and/or meat. Cooking meat can be daunting for those who haven't had much experience but make sure the heat isn't too high and that you regularly cut into it to check it's cooked before eating it.

  • Stir fry