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Students spend more on takeaways than the weekly shop


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Students spend £15.27 per week in the supermarket – but almost £18 on takeaways, research has revealed.

The £17.82 per week spent on takeaways is double the national average, according to’s Annual Food Spend Study.

The investigation into how much British adults are spending on groceries, takeaways and meals at bars and restaurants found students are splurging 17% more feeding their fast food habit than they are on groceries.

The study also found students are eating more than twice as many ready meals than the average Brit, getting through 132 of them each year compared to the UK average of 64.

Two in five stressed-out students state they are simply too tired after a long day of studying to cook from scratch.

And with many living away from home for the first time, 22% claim they are reliant on fast food because they don’t know how to cook.

So, what are the favourite takeaway choices of the UK student population?

Pizza remains the number one choice, but Indian food has crept up the table this year to steal second place from last year’s runner up of Chinese.

1.       Pizza

2.       Indian

3.       Chinese

4.       Kebab

5.       Fried chicken

6.       Fish and chips

7.       Burger

8.       Sushi

9.       Thai

10.   Vietnamese

Anita Naik, consumer editor of, says: “With a lot of students having to balance hours of studying with a part time job and an active social life, it’s not surprising that so many turn to fast food. What was once an occasional treat has become a necessity for a lot of hard working students.”

She adds: “When that inevitable takeaway craving calls, make sure to check online for vouchers and discount before you order. Not only do many of the UK’s favourite takeaways offer discount vouchers, a lot will also have special deals just for students.”

We agree – and it just so happens that The National Student is currently running a competition to win £200 of takeaway food (alongside a year’s Netflix subscription). If that sounds good, you can enter here.

Alternatively, you can find some healthy recipes you can make yourself on our food pages.

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