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What You Need to Buy in Your First Supermarket Shop

If you’re getting ready to go to University this Autumn and you are moving out, you might be thinking about moving into your new place. I’ve put together a list of food and toiletries that you might want to get in your first supermarket shop.

You definitely don’t need to go out and get everything on this list, but it’s a really good starting point. Obviously what you’re going to buy depends on your diet and what you normally eat. If you eat vegetarian, vegan, halal, kosher, pescatarian, gluten-free, etc then you will need to buy slightly different things, but you can use this list as a starting point.

If you’re wondering about what other things you should take to university, I have a post for that as well.


Carbohydrates/ Legumes

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Potatoes
  • Noodles
  • Cereal/Porridge
  • Lentils

Tinned Goods

  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Baked beans
  • Tinned Soup
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Coconut Milk

Adding flavour

  • Condiments – Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Herbs & Spices – Ginger, oregano, thyme, rosemary, Chinese 5 spice, paprika, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, basil, cumin, coriander, chili flakes
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato puree
  • Stock cubes
  • Curry powder

Other cupboard items

  • Caster sugar
  • Plain flour
  • Onions
  • Oil
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Snacks: Biscuits, crisps, chocolate
  • Eggs


  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Fruit
  • Juice


  • Frozen fruit and vegetables
  • Frozen pizza
  • Emergency meals
  • Ice cream


  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Body Spray
  • Hairstyling products
  • Shaving products
  • Sanitary products
  • Painkillers
  • Cold and Flu tablets
  • Toilet roll

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