Living Off-Campus: Tips, Tricks and What I Would Do Differently | Monica Giuliani

Living Off-Campus: Tips, Tricks and What I Would Do Differently | Monica Giuliani

I just wrote a blog post for my university’s off-campus blog! It’s filled with things I did to involve myself whilst being off-campus and what I would do differently. Go check it out now 🙂

Roey's Off-Campus Students Network

Going into my third and final year of university in September, this will also be my third year living off-campus. Living 20-30 minutes away from Roehampton meant it was a no-brainer for me in the beginning: I have a good home relationship with my parents and it’s financially a good option. Going into my third year, it’s still a good option for me, even though the question of moving out did pop into my head, as I’m sure it will most off-campus students in their university life.

I always knew I wanted to stay close to home when choosing universities, so being off-campus was what I always wanted to do. London is a great place to be in, filled with endless opportunities and loads of fun things to do and explore. However I didn’t pick Roehampton until the very last day that you could accept your university choices on UCAS…

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Quick and Easy Banana, Honey and Cinnamon Overnight Granola

Quick and Easy Banana, Honey and Cinnamon Overnight Granola

A health trend I decided to try and that I actually found myself enjoying! I’m not going to stand here (or rather type here) and say that I’m by any means a food or health whizz, but I thought I’d share this recipe of healthy overnight granola as I enjoyed it so much. The normal recipes usually have mainly oats and sometimes little different seeds, but frankly I didn’t have that in my house and I fancied it, so I made use of what I had: granola. Granola is pretty similar anyway, so it worked well.

I found this overnight granola to have many benefits: there was no rush in the morning for breakfast, they’re healthy, and they made me full, so I didn’t find myself snacking, which was great for my work days where I have lunch at 2/3pm. They also made me feel energised, but maybe that was my mentality in that I had a good, healthy start to the morning.

My inspiration came from Pinterest, searching for overnight oats (there are plenty to choose from!) and so I jumbled a couple together to form this. Enjoy!


One Banana

120g of Yoghurt

A Small Handful of Granola

A Sprinkle of Ground Cinnamon

1-2 Spoons of Honey

A Handful of Blueberries (to top it off)

How To Make:

  1. Break the banana up in a bowl (or jar, however you wish to eat it) and mash it up using a fork until soft.
  1. Add the yoghurt in. For reference, I used one pot of the Yeo Valley Greek Style Yoghurt with Honey 4 Pack, which makes it easier than measuring it all up. I’ve also tried this with different flavoured yoghurt, such as peach and apricot, and that works fine too if you prefer a fruity yoghurt.
  1. Drizzle 1-2 spoons of honey (however much you fancy, but 1 if you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake). Mix all together with a spoon.
  1. Sprinkle a small handful of granola on top. I used the Dorset Cereals Honey Granola, which has a mix of oats, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds and other goodness which makes it high in fibre. Mix again.
  1. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon for added flavour and mix.
  1. If you fancy at the end, add a handful of blueberries to top it off.
  1. Wrap some cling film on top and pop in the fridge overnight.

And you’re done! It’s really that simple.

What I love about this is that it’s filled with goodness: there’s plenty of fruit, fibre from the granola and antioxidants from the cinnamon. It takes 5 minutes to do, and most importantly, it’s tasty!

Leave any recommendations below of any good breakfast recipes down below, or any recipes at all that I just have to try.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy!

All pictures are my own unless stated otherwise.