Learn to cook and you will never go hungry

Moving away from homes means you will need to learn to cook for yourself because you will not be able afford to live on takeaways or restaurant meals.

And not only is making your own meals a lot cheaper than eating out, it’s also healthier for you in the long-run.

To help you do this, make sure to stock up on basics such as pasta, rice, chopped tomatoes, tuna, flour and sugar.

Knowing you have these in the cupboard will make rustling something up each evening much easier and make a takeaway less tempting.

Don’t be afraid to go for value brands as these can be just as good and all they might need is extra seasoning.

It’s worth working out which sorts of spices and herbs you actually like as well as you can add this to add flavour to your dish.

To start with, get the hang of a few basic meals and leave the complicated stuff until you’ve gained more confidence.

There are many websites and cookery books out there specifically aimed at students learning to cook for the first time.

Even top chefs like Jamie Oliver have tailor-made recipes for school-leavers.

Ask your parents for the recipes to some of your favourite family meals – you can even have a go at making these before you leave home.

They will also be happy to teach you some basic skills from how to boil an egg and cook rice to how make an omelette.

Learn how to make a basic tomato sauce which you can then turn into a number of different dishes such as chilli con carne and chicken stew.

You can simply add whatever meat and vegetables you fancy to the sauce and serve it up with pasta, rice, potatoes or couscous depending on what you’re in the mood for.

One-pot meals are also good because they tend to be cheaper, can be frozen and don’t involve a lot of washing up.

You can cook together meat and your favourite vegetables or just the veggies and make a great-tasting dish.

Cooking with friends and flatmates is a really good way to improve your skills in the kitchen. 

You can share your own family recipes or adapt them depending on each other’s different tastes.

When planning meals, make sure you check sell-by dates and don’t buy more than you can use when it comes to foods with a limited shelf life.

And remember the more you cook the better you’ll be at it.

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