Newcastle University cafe prices surge amidst cost of living crisis

One of our writers discusses the effects of the cost of living crisis for university students.

Joseph Caddick
19th September 2022
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With many students having already left Newcastle University for the summer, the Eat@ cafes have upped their prices, with many food items seeing significant increases. This echoes the rising food prices that have been seen in supermarkets.

Sausage rolls have had their prices increased from £1.15 to £1.45, Juice Burst bottles have risen from £1.60 to £2.10, and Frobischers apple juice’s price has been upped from £2 to £2.50. These are all rises of at least 20%.

These are all rises of at least 20%

The move to increase prices likely comes as meal deals that have become popular with students increased their prices. Said price hikes are lower than the ones currently being made by the Eat@ cafes.

To put these increases into perspective, if you were to purchase one sausage roll and a Juice Burst bottle 5 days a week for a 40-week academic year, you will be paying an extra £160 a year for your lunch alone.

As bill and rent payments continue to rise, student loans are not rising in line with inflation. As such, rising costs such as these could put additional strain on students’ budgets. Staff will also be affected by the increase in prices.

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