3435How many times each week do you eat breakfast, lunch and dinnerEating regular meals appears to be low on many students' list of priorities. Less than half (43%) eat breakfast every day, while more than one in 10 (12%) say they never eat it at all. Among the other findings is that almost half miss lunch at least once a week (45% do), roughly the same proportion as in 2010. Once again the most regular meal was dinner, which 80% of respondents said they ate every day, but the 20% who missed their evening meal at least once a week was higher than in 2010, when the figure was 17%. Perhaps surprisingly, the proportion of students who ate breakfast every day was lowest among those in catered halls (36% did) despite the fact that it was provided on a plate.Where do you get your meals from on an average weekday?For breakfast, lunch and dinner, the majority of students still prepare their own meals, with the proportion cooking their evening meal the highest at 67%. This is roughly in line with the 2010 survey, when the corresponding figure was 69%, however the proportion who make their own breakfast has fallen slightly from 62% to 58%, while the figure for lunch has risen by three percentage points to 52%. At breakfast time, the second most popular choice is eating at the family home, with the 17% who do so once again indicative of the large number of students who now live with their parents. The number of students getting their breakfast elsewhere is negligible, with just 6% opting to eat it in halls of residence, and 4% in other canteens and cafes on and off campus. Lunch is a different matter, with almost a third of students (30%) buying it from canteens and cafes (13% of which were at the university), and just one in 10 (9%) eating at the family home, while the proportion who get their dinner from their parents is 21%.How often do you buy lunch from a canteen or other campus outlet in a typical week?Although a third of students buy lunch on campus less than once a week (32% do), the majority do frequent the canteens and cafes provided by their university. While only a small minority of 1% do so every day of the week, over half (51%) do at least one day out of seven, with the remainder reporting that they never do. Foreign students are particularly likely to buy lunch from these outlets regularly, with a third (35%) of those from outside the EU doing so two or three times a week. Students in catered halls were far more likely than those with other living arrangements to buy lunch every day, with one in 10 (9%) doing so, compared to 1% of students in other accommodation categories.
3435Typical spend on lunch?Of those students who do buy lunch from a canteen or similar outlet on campus at least once a week, the vast majority (94%) spend £5 or less. Of those who spend more, 5% spend between £5 and £10, while just 2% spend over £10. There are no significant differences between men and women, first or second year students, or between those at new or old universities in this regard. International students from outside Europe appear to be marginally higher spenders, with 44% spending £4 or £5 on lunch, compared to 28% of UK students and 34% of those from elsewhere in Europe.What do you look for when buying food from a catering outlet on campus?Understandably, price is at the forefront of most students' minds when it comes to choosing where to buy meals, with 70% saying that they are looking to keep costs to a minimum. However, this is nine percentage points lower than in 2010, with the proportion looking for quality falling by a similar amount, down from 65% in the last survey to 55% today. While a quarter of students look for a convenient location in the canteen or café, only 2% are interested in branding, fewer even than in 2010, when 5% of respondents said they looked for favoured brands.201079%201065%201034%201034%201020%201274%201255%201245%201226%201221%201219%20105%20122%201014%What students look for when buying from university catering outletPriceQualityValueConvenient locationVarietyQuick serviceBrand