Ah The Marketplace, the hub of all things weird and wonderful at the University of Exeter. While we may complain about their ludicrously overpriced sandwiches, I have to admit that the food is quite nice and there are actually some good deals on snacks. While they might not be seen as the height of edginess, the store is actually somewhat of a trendsetter. They were charging 5p for bags long before the Tories got involved. Plus, they offer some of the most niche products one could expect to find in a campus food store. Here’s my list of 4 niche things you can buy in The Marketplace…I bet they don’t sell these at Plymouth.
- A steam cooker.
I know, I know. All your University career you’ve thought of the benefits that having a steam cooker could bring. I mean, your dinnertime meals are true culinary masterpieces and you definitely don’t just eat different variations of pasta and meat every night. Well, you’re in luck, you can actually buy a steam cooker right here on campus, to fulfil all your steamy desires. Just think how cool you’ll look carrying that around the library.
2. Pineapple and Papaya Snack Bites
When I’m in the library, trying to write 3,000 words on a text I’ve briefly skimmed over, I start to wonder what I’m actually doing at this great institution. A great way to get out of this funk is to pop out and get some snacks on campus. However, bags of Tangfastics and Supermixes just won’t do. Instead, I need a bag of Pineapple and Papaya Snack Bites, because I only eat non-processed, organic foods duh. Except for those cheesy chips after every Monday Moz #tradition.
3. A Thornton’s Christmas Advent Calendar
Ok, so no matter what vicious lies my Mother tries to spread, there is no such thing as being ‘too old’ for an advent calendar at Christmastime. Advent calendars bring a little Christmas magic to the daunting prospect of January exams. Of course, I’m not some peasant who buys their advent calendar from Poundland. I need an overpriced Thornton’s one instead, so thank god my university shop has them in stock. I mean, it’s not like I’m a student with literally no money or anything.
4.Gouda Cheese Biscuits
If we listen to those British stereotypes, biscuits are the cornerstone of our daily lives, along with the copious amounts of tea we dunk them in. Of course this is a complete and utter myth, just kidding, biscuits are bae. However, no one has time for Hobnobs or Digestives. Oh no, only Gouda Cheese biscuits will satisfy my middle class cravings. Luckily for me and all other niche-biscuit inclined people, I can purchase a packet of these delicacies right on campus…truly unbelievable.
Oh The Marketplace, never change baby.
*All products listed correct at time of writing.