Help and advice
Shopping and essentials
Free soup in the SU
Every Friday from 13:30 - 15:30, the SU offers free vegan soup to all students in the SU space on the Penryn campus. Bring a bowl and spoon if you can. Keep an eye on @supresidents on instagram for updates.
The SU Pantry
The SU community pantry, on the Penryn campus, is open to all students across our Cornwall campuses who need food. Come along to the SU office and help yourself to an item or two. Please be respectful and mindful that it is a resource for all students. If you need longer-term help and support, speak to your SU advice team or see the details on these pages of other resources available to help you.
Food and drink offers on campus
Our food and drink team are making sure that there are low-cost options for hot meals and drinks on Penryn Campus.
Here’s what’s on offer in the Stannary:
• Breakfast - starts at £2 for beans on toast, £2.50 for scrambled egg on toast, or for £3.50 get a 3-item bap and free hot drink.
• Lunch - plain jacket potato and salad is £2.25, or try a mini chilli with rice or nachos for £3.50
• £2 Vegan Hot Pot meal - a hearty vegan rice or pasta dish available at lunchtime.
The current menu is as follows:
Tuesday: Herby Tomato Ragu
Wednesday: Vegetable Sweet and Sour
Friday: Smashed Aubergine and Squash Curry
Student lunchtime meal voucher packs
You can purchase a hot food voucher pack to use in the Stannary Kitchen at lunchtime. Pay in advance for ten £6 food vouchers for £60, and you’ll receive two extra meal vouchers worth £6 each free. Order them online here and collect from the Penryn Campus Shop.
Visit Koofi to take advantage of their mix and match pizza offers. You can buy two margherita, vegan or vegetarian 10” pizzas for £10, or two pepperoni 10” pizzas for £11.50.
Hot Drink Loyalty Card
Pick up a hot drink loyalty card in the Stannary or any of the cafes on campus. You can then collect stamps for every hot drink you buy. Once you have ten stamps you can redeem them for any regular hot drink or iced coffee. Terms and conditions apply.
Between 15:00-17:00 you can buy one, get one free on all hot drinks in the Sustainability Café, The Coffee Stop, Fox Café, Stannary Kitchen, and AMATA Café (exclusions apply). Don’t forget if you bring your reusable cup, you can save 20p as well.
Sustainability Café returnable cup scheme
The Sustainability Café has partnered with Circular & Co to bring a returnable cup scheme to Campus. These reusable cups are available to buy in the Sustainability Café where you can pay a £2 deposit and get your money back if you no longer want the cup. The cup has to be returned in a good condition with its lid for a full refund. These cups can be used anywhere on campus. You can also get 20p off any hot drink by using a reusable cup.
Too Good To Go app
Special offers are available on unsold food through the Too Good to Go app. The Penryn Campus shop, the Stannary Kitchen and the Fox Cafe at Falmouth campus list offers on the app, and for our Truro students WHSmith in Royal Cornwall Hospital and Costa Coffee at Treliske Retail Park are also listed.
With Too Good To Go you can buy a 'magic bag' of goodies that are at the end of their use by, or best before dates. Bags cost around £3, and the RRP of the contents is around £10. So you're saving money while helping to reduce food waste. Items can be anything from sandwiches, to drinks and jars, and you won't know what you are going to get until you pick it up. There are other shops locally which are part of this scheme and publicise what they have to offer through the app. Download the app and see what's available in your area.
Bringing your own food to campus
At the Truro campus (the Knowledge Spa) the kitchen area in the newly refurbished common room area has free hot water, plus a microwave and fridge for your use.
At Penryn campus there are microwaves available for everyone's use upstairs in The Stannary and for Masters students, in the kitchen area outside the Masters Suite (opposite the Students’ Union office).
Need help to fix a household item? Try a local repair café.
Repair cafes are meeting places where you’ll find knowledgeable volunteers and the tools needed to help you repair your household items for free. They’re all about repairing things (together) and supporting a circular economy, where products and materials are kept in use at their highest value for as long as possible, avoiding energy use and waste. Find the details for all the Falmouth and Penryn repair café dates and locations.
Eat Well Spend Less
Try a tasty curried lentil and sweet potato soup, or an easy chilli. They demonstrate a range of healthy, easy recipes that you can make at home for a tasty, low-cost meal, and can easily adapt to your own dietary choices. Let us know what you think of them, send us your pics and share your own low-cost recipes with us at email@example.com.
Make your shopping go further, reduce food waste and save yourself valuable time for when you don’t have time to cook or don’t feel like cooking.
Cook one big dish then portion it into separate containers. Let it cool and store in the fridge or freezer within one to two hours of cooking. Find out how to store and reheat your meals safely.
Safe food hacks
Make the most of your food shopping without taking safety risks.
Don’t eat food after its use by date – cook it beforehand and freeze it for later use.
- Let it cool down, put it in an airtight container or sealed bag and pop it in the freezer within 2 hours.
- Label items with the contents and date (no more UFOs - Unidentified Frozen Objects!)
- Save space by flat freezing: use a freezer bag instead of a container.
Search #SafeFoodHacks on social media for more ways to save time and money and get more advice on the Food Standards Agency’s Students’ guide
Love your leftovers
Reusing and reinventing your leftovers is a great way to make the most of your food. Cool and cover your leftovers and put them in a fridge or freezer within one to two hours. You can get advice and simple recipe ideas from Love Food Hate Waste.
Free period products
If you need them, The Students' Union is providing free period products in toilets on Penryn Campus.
There are also free products available in the first floor accessible toilet at The Knowledge Spa, Truro.
The SU's Gender Expression Fund
The Gender Expression Fund can provide up to £50 for students on our Cornwall campuses who identify as trans, non-binary, intersex or otherwise gender diverse. It can be used to buy gender affirming products such as clothing, binders, packers and beauty products, or towards travel to medical or counselling/therapy appointments.
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