Being a student at the TU-Berlin is quite nice. Our campus is right in the city, so it’s quite easy to go shopping right after your classes. We have a canteen called “Mensa” for the students too, serving really cheap food. You usually pay around € 1.90 for some meat, plus € 0.30 for some potatoes or rice and another € 0.30 for a little salad. € 2.50 for a meal, sounds good right? Unluckily, there is a catch. The food tastes incredibly bad. Most students know that, but the alternative is the workers canteen, which offers quite nice food, but for € 4.00 a meal. So what about students like me who don’t have the money to eat the expensive food every day but don’t want to puke after each € 2.50 meal from the Mensa?
Some people bring their own food to the university, but I like my lunch to be a hot meal, not some cold sandwich or similiar. So that’s not a solution for me. Until a few days ago, I didn’t had a choice and tried to avoid to eat at the university. Now everything changed, thanks to the Get2Card. With it, you can eat 2 for 1 at a lot of restaurants in Berlin, just like “Schweinske”, right next to the TU-Berlin. Their meals start from €5.00, so with the Get2Card and someone else who’s just as hungry as you, you can eat for €2.50 in a real restaurant, with someone serving you. The portion is about twice to tripple of the Mensa-Meal, so you get a really good tasting meal, with more than twice as much meat, salad and a side dish for as cheap as a Mensa meal. Did I already mention that it tastes really good as the meal is freshly prepared for you and not kept-warm like in the Mensa?
When you think about it, a real restaurant can make money when they sell food for €2.50 to you. It’s fresh and tasty and there is a waitress serving you. How come the Mensa, which gets financial support from the government, can’t offer it for the same price? Where is the money going? I mean the Mensa only offers meals with less than half of a portion of the restaurant for the same price without any service, but they’re still unable to make it eatable. Something fishy there… As for me, I’ll never go to the Mensa again.