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Claire: What I eat in a day at University

By ResLifeClaire 08 Feb 2024

Mathematical Sciences student Claire talks us through what her day looks like in terms of food and drink on campus...

One of my busiest days of the week at university is Thursday, starting at 9:00 am and finishing at 6 pm. It is a very long day, especially in the winter when it can be dark before and after I leave the house! To help me through the long day of lectures I make sure to bring lots of snacks from home and to have a sit down lunch on campus - this also allows me to have a proper break from work and let’s me enjoy being on campus with my friends!

I start my day at around 7:30 am with a bowl of overnight oats which I prepared the night before. This is especially helpful for those early days when there's not enough time to make a whole meal before leaving for uni. On this day I added a banana and some biscoff, but I like to mix up my toppings each day to make it feel a bit less boring! I also sometimes bring this to campus with me in a little overnight oats pot so it's a very versatile breakfast option - perfect to have on-the-go.

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After getting to campus and attending my first few lectures and tutorials of the day, I take my lunch break around 1 pm. 4 West Cafe always seems to be my go-to spot on campus for food, drink and studying whilst I’m on campus so I headed there to get a bite to eat. On this day I decided to try out a new panini. I got the mozzarella, chicken and pesto option and it was the perfect thing to warm me up on a cold Bath winters day. 4 West is always very busy so me and my friends were very glad to get a seat and sit down together to eat our food - especially as it was raining so much outside! 

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Before heading to my next tutorial at 2:15 pm, I decided to grab a vanilla oat milk latte from 4 West in my exchange cup. With how quickly it gets dark outside now I definitely needed a coffee to help me power through the last few hours of work! I always make sure to bring a snack from home too, so I had my coffee along with a cereal bar in my next tutorial. Cereal bars are probably my favourite snack for uni as they're fairly filling and if you buy the ones I get, they give you a much-needed chocolate fix!

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My last lecture got cancelled this day so I was lucky to be able to head home early and have my tea at home. I made myself a stir-fry, which is a very easy and typical student meal. I used this time as a chance to meal prep and use up all the veg in my fridge, so I was able to bring myself a portion of leftovers to uni the next day! There are microwaves dotted around campus to reheat any food that you bring with you so meal prepping is definitely a must when you're a student! 

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ResLifeClaire Hi, I'm Claire, a ResLife Ambassador and Mathematical Sciences student at the University of Bath.
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