A Cheap and easy recipe for students on a budget.

Big bowls of pasta, stuffed peppers, jacket potatoes and mug cakes: these are just some of the perfect recipes to get you through your term at university!

Being at university can be daunting: meeting new people, living away from home and cooking for yourself for the first time.
Unipad Student Housing Lancaster, have some easy recipes no student should be without.
Try this recipe for healthy, quick and tasty dinners that won’t cost you the earth – and are perfect for sharing with friends.

Spiced potato cakes with tomato sauce recipe
Spiced potato cakes with tomato sauce recipe

SERVES 4
INGREDIENTS
For the potato cakes:
• 5 potatoes/750g (I use maris piper potatoes)
• handful of fresh coriander (around 20g)
• 1 red chilli
• 1 tsp of cumin
• 1 tsp of paprika
• 1 tsp of turmeric
• 1 tsp of chili powder
• juice of 1 lemon
• 2 cloves of garlic
• salt and pepper
• 3 tbsp of olive oil
• flour (I use gram flour)
For the sauce:
• 750g cherry tomatoes
• 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
• 6 tbsp olive oil
• salt and pepper
For the sautéed greens:
• 1 large head of broccoli
• olive oil
• salt and pepper
• 400g spinach
• 1 lemon

METHOD
Peel the potatoes and chop them in half, then place them in a saucepan of cold water.
Cook the potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re really soft. At this point drain the water and place them in a mixing bowl.
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
Finely chop the coriander and the chilli.
Once the potatoes have cooled add all the remaining ingredients (except the flour and oil) and mash together until the potatoes are smooth and you have a delicious mix.
Drizzle olive oil on to a baking tray and then dust it with flour.
Shape the potato mix into four cakes on the tray, then place in the oven to cook for about 20 minutes, until the tops start to go golden brown.
Take the cakes out the oven, place them on the bed of sautéed greens and pour the garlic tomato sauce on the top to serve.
Chop the tomatoes into quarters and place them into a saucepan with the crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Let the mix simmer for about 20 minutes, to coincide with the completion of the cakes.
Chop the broccoli into small pieces and place it in a frying pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Sauté the broccoli for about five minutes, then slowly add the spinach until it has wilted.
Once all is cooked, drizzle the lemon juice on top.

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Email this into Unipad Student Housing Lancaster on accounts@unipad.co.uk along with any cooking tips, and we will share the best meals on our Facebook Page.

What’s on in Lancaster This December For Students?

Enjoy Xmas With Unipad Student Housing Lancaster.

Carol Concerts at Ashton Memorial: 15th – 22nd December.

Ashton Memorial will play host to six carol concerts throughout December, featuring different local musicians. The concerts will take place in the beautiful setting between 15th December and 22nd December. Ashton Memorial

 

Fancy a Panto? Aladdin – Until 6th January.

This production of the panto Aladdin puts a different spin on the familiar story and will be running until 6th January. Pop along to The Dukes for a magical, festive performance.

Aladdin Dukes Playhouse
Aladdin at the Dukes Playhouse – Until 6th January.

Lancaster Festive Fun Run!

December 27th will see the start of the popular Annual Lancaster Christmas Festive Fun Run from the Lancaster & Morecambe AC club house on the athletics track at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, near Lancaster. Entries are welcome at any time.

Lancaster Festive Fun Run
Lancaster Festive Fun Run

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Student Winter Survival Guide

Living Through Winter as a University Student in Lancaster.

Winter has arrived in Lancaster and it’s the magical time of year when the days are shorter and the sun has set before classes have finished,  You might even struggle to stay warm even under a pile of blankets and you start telling yourself that today you’ll start to save money and work off those pounds gained over the Summer & Autumn.

Unipad Student Keeping Warm
“stay warm even under a pile of blankets”

We know you’re thinking of just calling it a season and hibernating until the springtime sun pops its head out, but don’t give in just yet! Pull your wool socks up, brush the frost off your shoulder and smash the winter blues.

Unipad’s Top Tips on How to Keep Warm, Stay Active & Save Energy.

  • Wrap up warm: Don’t be tempted to just crank up your heating when it gets cold, but taking a second to work out if you’d be more comfortable wearing an extra layer or two can go a long way.
    Unipad Students Heating Thermostat
    “Don’t be tempted to just crank up your heating”

    If you walk around in a t-shirt and shorts mid-December, we can tell you now – you’re doing it wrong.

  • Hit The University Library: As well as being good for reading books and updating your social media status, the University Library can also offer you free heating and electricity to charge up your laptop, iPad or phone as well as keep you warm!
Hit The Library For Free Energy
“Free Heating & Maybe Some Study Time”

We do understand that the library can be used to study as well!!!

  • Consider using that underused Gym Membership: Nearly a third of students spend their student loans on shopping sprees, drinking and gym memberships.
Student Gym Membership
“Shake the dust off that Student Gym membership”

As well as staying fit and keeping off the winter flab, the Gym will offer a warm inviting environment with most open 6am to 11pm – 7 days a week.

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Unipad Lancaster – Top 2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Unipad Black Friday 2017

Watch the pennies at university with the Unipad Student Housing Lancaster  latest collection of savvy student deals.

At Unipad our team have been busy searching for the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Students Living in Lancaster. By speaking to retailers and gathering tip offs we are able to list some of the biggest and best Black Friday deals for 2017!

If you come across anymore deals? Hit us up via our Unipad Lancaster Facebook page.

Amazon
Amazon kicked off their 2017 Black Friday deals here early this year, with great offers across a huge range of categories. There are awesome deals on Amazon Kindle, Fire & Echo devices.

Argos
Deals page live here. Various offers on appliances/tv’s and entertainment/computing/mobile phones etc. Check out the Unipad top picks here.

Topshop
Get up to 50% off selected items both in-store or online. Plus free standard worldwide delivery.

New Look
Deals page is here. There’s 25% off everything so it’s a great chance to update your winter wardrobe. We are told that the deals will run until Cyber Monday.

The Body Shop
40% off hundreds of items here with free delivery when you spend £5. Use code 19806. Possibly further discounts on Black Friday.

Disclaimer: Information correct as of 24th November 2017. All promotions are not guaranteed.

How Times have changed for Student Accommodation.

A decade ago students lived in the cheapest and grottiest shared houses a city had to offer. First-year students had it even worse, traditionally confined to bog-standard, barrack-like halls of residence tucked away on the edge of campus.

Lancaster has been relaxed about the private sector picking up and the demand among overseas students for hotel-type rooms, with flatscreen TVs and en suite bathrooms, made up solely of Luxury self-contained studio apartments, with rent ranging from £100 to £200 a week.

Luxury Student Studio

In our experience, we’ve found that there’s been a shift in student’s demands and what they now want from their student accommodation providers. In the past, students may have been happy to live in accommodation with poor conditions, as long as they were cheap. But now, we’re starting to see that more and more students are willing to pay a higher price in exchange for higher quality luxury student accommodation.

Welcome To Unipad Student Housing Lancaster

Unipad Offer Home From Home Living – Student Housing Lancaster.

Keep up to date with all the latest news from Unipad Student Housing Lancaster.
Unipad offer quality purpose built student housing in the Lancaster City Centre and surrounds.
If you currently study at Lancaster University or intend to study at Lancaster University or the University Of Cumbria, Unipad Student Housing Lancaster can offer you home from home comfort in either a 1 bed studio, 2 bed, 4 bed, 5 bed, 6 bed, 7 bed, 8 bed or 9 bed student accommodation.
The majority of Unipad Student Properties in Lancaster come with ensuite bathrooms, double beds, large screen TV,  high speed WiFi and are within easy reach of public transport.
Come back and revisit the Unipad Blog for regular news updates.