This Is What College Food Looks Like in Sweden - College Eats

This Is What College Food Looks Like in Sweden - College Eats
From The Kitchn - September 9, 2017

In the U.S. college campuses offer an array of dining options from all-you-can-eat buffet-style dining halls to trendy fast-food restaurants at the student union to late-night greasy bites that fuel students through long evenings of cramming for exams. But in Sweden, the college food experience is much different. Students meet their friends for a daily fika (coffee break), cook most of their meals at home, and get their junk food fix with snacks like "creamy taco"-flavored potato chips and salty octopus-shaped licorice candies.

Dining Out

At Swedish universities like Uppsala, rather than having a central campus, buildings are spread throughout the city. And instead of on-campus dining halls and student unions, undergrads have the option of dining at privately owned restaurants spread throughout the university or at Nations.

At Uppsala, students are required to be part of a Nation, which is a co-ed club for students. Each Nation is student-run and has a restaurant and bar that serves food and drinks at discounted prices, offering co-eds a more affordable dining option than eating out at restaurants. Nations serve snacks and beverages for fika, along with lunch and dinner, and for club nights, they offer drink specials.

Read more: What Is Fika? An Introduction to the Swedish Coffee Break.

University restaurants, which are privately owned, serve tasty and healthy dishes like roast pork with cider and applesauce, wok-fried rice noodles with beans, or crispy baked fish fillet with fried roots and coriander dressing. (See an example of a university restaurant menu here.)

For a more affordable meal, students eat out at fast-food chains like Max Burgers, which serves up burgers, shakes, and fries. Although Max Burgers' food may sound like a greasy indulgence, the fast-causal eatery food boasts no GMOs, trans fats, antibiotics, or growth hormones. In lieu of beef patties, you can opt for chicken, fish, or veggie alternatives. And, you can sub your fries for salad or fruit.

Cooking and Packing Lunch

Snacks and Treats


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