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Best College Dorm Food - Cheap Meals for College Students

By Edited Jul 3, 2016 0 0

Are you looking for ideas for the best college dorm food and snacks – but cheap meals for college students that you won’t spend much money on? You can improve your dorm room living situation and save tons of money by buying the right foods in school. Who has the money to spend on expensive food during college? And who has the time or the utilities to cook? With tuition and boarding costs rising every year, it’s certainly getting harder to make due. You also don’t have to sacrifice your healthy by saving money on food, either. Below I’ve listed some of the best and cheapest foods and snacks for a college student that also taste great!

Best College Dorm Foods to Consider

 When you are in college and need to eat, there are two things you must keep in mind.

- First, you don’t have much money. But buying food in bulk might be a smart idea.

- Second, you don’t have time to cook (or you might not be able to do it). Many college students do not have access to an oven or stove and have just a microwave and a mini-fridge.

Considering these two facts about dorm room life, here are some options:

*Instant Foods like Mac and Cheese - Simple and easy to make and not too expensive. Can be eaten for lunch or for a snack.

* Cereal in a single serving box - popular because you don’t need a bowl – you simply put milk in the box. Single serving boxes by Kellogs is a popular choice because you get so many of them for a pretty good price. Below is a package of 96 for  $45 or about .50 cents a box!

College Dorm Food

*Frozen Dinners - You will most definitely have a microwave in your dorm room, so take advantage of this and get some good frozen meals!

*Popcorn - Not a meal but makes a great, fast snack!

*Pop-Tarts or Bagels - If you are allowed to have a toaster, this is perfect. 

* Nutrigrain Bars, Protein Bars or Meal Replacement Bars - This is a healthy and quick food option for college students which is either a good snack or possibly even a meal. Here is one good option below which comes in many different flavors.

*Healthy Energy Drinks or Protein Shakes - You can mix protein in a mixer with some fruit to make it a meal replacement shake.

Boiling Water in Your Dorm Room With a Hotplate or Tea Kettle

Perhaps the most essential item you'll need in a dorm is a hotplate that can boil water fast. You can then make tea, coffee, or soup literally within seconds.

Below is a cordless water kettle that should do the trick. It boils up to 1-1/2 liters at cup-a-minute speed.

Whether you want to make hot tea, soups, instant coffees, oatmeal, hot chocolate or noodles, this should be the best kettle to use.

Dorm Room Food Recipes - Some Ideas for College Students


You may want to get a little creative and make your own food in your dorm. There are a couple of things you can do in your microwave, for instance.


* Get a bag of nachos or tortilla chips, plus beans and cheese and you have easy nachos to make!


* There are also easy ways to make chili dip for nachos in a college dorm room. You can buy beans, shredded cheese and sour cream and microwave them for a couple of minutes together to make a killer dip.


These are just some of the best dorm food ideas for college students I could think of - what are your favorite cheap meals for college?



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