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Useful Hacks to Save Money when Studying Abroad

Craving for your mom’s home-cooked meal? Tough luck when you are studying abroad! Instead be your own master chef.

Mahesh Ramani
Useful Hacks to Save Money when Studying Abroad

Did you know that money spent on food, accounts for nearly 20% of the core expenses of a student abroad?

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We all love good food right? And when it’s cooked with the love and warmth of one’s family the food becomes delicious, twice over. One of the biggest problems that you will face when you embark on your mission to go abroad for higher studies is – food. Yes, unless you have trained under your mom learning the fine art of cooking or if you are super-rich to dine out for every meal; you will suffer.

Most of the American universities require students to live on campus and sign up for a meal plan that offers a fixed number of meals every month. In case, you live off-campus in your own private accommodation then we recommend you really invest time and effort in learning cooking before you embark on your journey abroad.


Pots and Pans

An induction cook-top and a compact pressure cooker are definitely two things that you should invest in; pressure cooking is an art of its own and you can cook up delightful meals in a jiffy. Generations of Indian students headed abroad, have carried spices and pickles and preserves when they fly out. With strict rules regarding transfer of perishable goods, ensure that you do not end up carrying food that will be confiscated at the airport.

Cup Noodles is Not Staple Food

For a generation of young Indians that believe in Maggi Noodles, which really does not cook in two minutes; please understand you cannot just survive on cup noodles!


Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

If you get a chance to study at an institution that’s a fair bit away from the mad rush of the city; then you are really in luck. A lot of small university towns have weekly farmer markets. These take place on Saturdays and the local farmers arrive at a pre-determined town and sell their produce. You can get fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, bread, honey, jams and fruit preserves. Do visit these farmer markets and experience the difference in quality. Plus when you buy directly from a farmer you make savings on costs.



An Egg for Every Season

Eggs are a good source of calcium and protein and from the humble boiled egg to the Spanish omelette; eggs can be cooked in numerous ways to offer a quick and nutritious meal. Eggs are good for you!

Juice it Up

Cold-pressed juices, almond milk, nuts and fruits, greens and fruits, there are mind-boggling combinations of what you can come up with if you have a blender and a juicer. Experiment with fruits and create a healthy recipe that will keep you refreshed.

Starbucks is Costly

Be it Starbucks or Costa Coffee; the beverages are insanely priced! Buy your own coffee maker. Or if you wish to go the traditional South-Indian style; get a coffee filter, get the powder, boil milk, add the prepared decoction and start your day with caffeine-rich filter coffee!


Studying abroad presents various challenges; let not tasty and nutritious food be one of them. Visit Student Recipes, browse YouTube and experiment with local produce to create culinary delights! Do you have any interesting recipes or food experiences to share? Please comment detailing your experiences. 


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Nupur Verma Nupur Verma,
Study abroad expert.
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