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Wednesday 6 February 2019

In a week, you can spend a lot of your time on university campus. Maybe you need to refuel between lectures, or you’re meeting your friends for a coffee before a study session, there are loads of options around the Solent campuses to enjoy a quick snack, a drink, or even a meal. Being hungry can often be a distraction from your work, so a little snack could help your concentration.

Here’s a run-down of all the places you can grab a bite to eat:

The Dock

This is essentially Solent’s canteen. It’s located in the Michael Andrews building (through the main entrance and down the hall towards the student hub, veering left). This place has so many options to choose from and caters to a variety of diets.

So, let’s start with Originals. If you’re in need of hearty and delicious breakfast, make sure you visit here! They have a ‘build-your-own-breakfast’ bar! Their portions are generous and filling which makes it such good value for money. After 11.30am, they switch to the lunch menu with main meals from £3.75 – bargain!

Moving on to a student lunchtime favourite, there’s Swanky Franks. Burgers, wraps, and buns are their speciality. If you’re in the mood for something scrumptious, you should definitely consider eating here. Since January, they’ve introduced a brilliant new vegan menu, too!

Neo Pizza boasts great quality authentic pizza. Their pizzas are fresh and delicious with no artificial additives, colours or preservatives. With prices starting from £3.29, these pizzas are a must try before you graduate!

Imagine you’re on your way to that 9am lecture, you’re tired and probably hungry. It’s a Doozy is Solent’s vending coffee shop. It’s all self-service – which is great if you like to avoid human interaction early in the morning. All their products are healthy with no high sugar drinks or snacks. This place also has a super comfortably seating with USB chargers and plug sockets.

Honest Café

Honest Café is a vending concept which tries to encourage a healthy lifestyle. All their products are ethically and locally sourced. They offer fair-trade drinks like eco-roasted hot drinks – including a tasty hot chocolate. It can be found in the Christopher Cockerell corridor leading towards the Herbert Collins building. Compared to traditional snack items, their products are more nutritional. At least someone’s looking out for our health!

East Park Deli

There are loads of hot and cold options to choose from here. Located near the entrance of the Spark building, East Park Deli has so many tasty and tempting treats whatever you’re in the mood for. The mac and cheese boxes steal the show for the hot food, but the jacket potatoes, paninis, and soup bowls are all delicious classics. If you’re on the go, they offer a large range of freshly made boxed salads, quinoa dishes, toasties, bloomers, and more.

East Park Store

If you’re just looking for a quick bite to eat, visiting the East Park store would be ideal. They have a classic three-part meal deal on offer, but they also sell loads of snack favourites like chocolates, crisps and even cheese-strings! *nostalgic*

The Artisan

This is the University’s only high street venue. It’s located on the ground floor of the James Matthews building, but it has its own entrance to the side. They serve breakfast from as early as 8am, which is available all day. Personally, I would recommend the sausage sandwich – it’s so good and for only £3.29, it’s a great deal. Lunch starts at 11am, and they serve a great selection of vegan and vegetarian options.

So, whether you’re on your third hour in the library or can hear your stomach rumbling between class, why not visit somewhere on campus to grab a bite and save some cash? All stores accept cash, debit or credit cards. The Honest Café does not accept campus cards.

You can view the menus to all the stores at https://www.eatsolent.co.uk/ if you're like me and like to check what's on offer beforehand!