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Student Wellbeing


Research suggests that the food we eat can have a direct impact on our energy levels, physical health, and mood. The evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace.

One of the best ways to stay well is therefore to ensure that your diet is healthy and balanced. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  The NHS has produced a helpful Eat Well Guide.

The NHS website also offers tips on how to save money whilst eating well. There are some cheap and cheerful recipes available from other sites:

There is also a useful video and information about how to achieve a more balanced diet and daily routines on the MIND website

Top tips if you are in self-catering accommodation:

  • Plan your budget - work out how much you're going to spend on food each week and stick to it.
  • Avoid processed foods – it's much cheaper and often more nutritious to buy basic ingredients and make your own meals from scratch rather than buying processed meals.
  • Shop around - the market might be better value than the supermarket. You'll often save a bit by buying a supermarket's own products too, rather than the big brands.
  • Keep it seasonal - save by buying your food when it's in season. Find out what’s in season.
  • Be cautious about special offers – avoid filling the cupboards with stuff just because it's a bargain - consider if it has a use by date and whether you will use it in that time.
  • Shop and cook in batches – avoid the expense of buying different ingredients for every meal by shopping and cooking in batches.  Freeze portions for a later date.

If you feel that you need more help with a specific eating related issue, you can also find help and support through the Counselling Service, as well as various links to support organisations, at

Local shops

The market square in the centre of Cambridge hosts a daily market with fresh fruit, vegetables, hot food and much more.  There are also smaller arts and crafts markets on Saturdays and Sundays and you can look up which stalls will be trading on which days at

Mill Road offers a diverse and vibrant community of shops, catering for many different dietary requirements, styles and cultures.   This is a great place to start if you want to find independent shops, restaurants and cafes.  You can visit their website at They also host regular community events, including the Mill Road Winter Fair in early December each year.   

There are two main shopping areas in Cambridge – the Grand Arcade and the surrounding market square and shops towards the river Cam outside Magdalene College, and the Grafton Centre (about 10 minutes’ walk from the centre across Christ’s Pieces).  You can find out more about what they offer in terms of shops, food and more by visiting their websites at and at

The CU Islamic Society has a helpful guide to halal food in Cambridge

The Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation provides a helpful guide to kosher food in Cambridge