v You have meal plans? In my Uni we provide all our own food.
Bulk buy staples like rice, pasta, oats, beans at wholesale shops.
See if anyone else is vegan and plan meal nights where you all chip in and cook together. Usually that creates leftovers which saves cooking the next day
Freeze items like bread to make them last longer.
Go for veggies and fruits that are in season as they are often the cheapest atm.
Don’t waste any meals, save what you can’t eat in the freezer.
Don’t rely too much on takeaways, they soon become expensive and are unhealthy.
Learn to cook as it is cheaper and you can always control what you put in your food.
Go shopping just before closing as many places reduce their food at evening times.
Plan ahead and see what vegan friendly options they have on the campus. If they have none then try and get them to put one in place.
“What sucks about living on residence is the meal plans amirite?”
Yeah. My college just started requiring students who live on campus to have them this year. Although my school is one of the bigger ones, so I’m guessing it will have some stuff, but I don’t think they have a veg*n club or animal rights club and UT Austin probably get most vegans. I have terrible dietary habits, so perhaps “well might as well try stuff since I already paid” will make me try new foods if they offer anything >.<
I haven't talked to my roommate much yet. But the school didn't do any type of surveys, so it was almost random if you didn't ask to be with someone. So I doubt they are veg*n.
What sucks about living on residence is the meal plans amirite? I don’t live on res but a friend of mine who’s vegetarian does and she was really frustrated that the north campus has very limited veg*n options. I go to my university’s downtown campus so we don’t have a cafeteria, but every restaurant is in walking distance so there’s plenty veg*n friendly options! There’s a small cafe next door to a theater where I have lectures, and they have amazing vegan cupcakes!
You could talk to your school’s dean about this. If you’re paying as much money as you are for a bundled package (dorm room, athletic fee, meal plan, etc..) then you should be given what you’re paying. Veg*n options should be make available for EVERYONE, omnivores included. There should be no food restrictions.
Do you know who you’re room mate is going to be? Did you pick them? It’ll be a lot cheaper and easier if you guys are both vegetarian/vegan, but if not, there’s still a lot you can do.
My cousin is in college now, and what she does is buy her food in bulk, and eat the same thing for dinner all week. It may get boring and dull, but it saves a lot of money! Another easy thing, peanut butter sandwiches. All the vegetarians I know in college eat them A LOT. The same goes with oatmeal and potatoes. It sounds weird, I know, but it should help! Besides, potatoes are good with almost anything. (: