This week’s blog post is written by second-year Bachelor of Commerce student Madeleine Fontein.
We all know that being a university student can be challenging at times. Sometimes you are so busy and the last thing you want to be worrying about is where and what you will be eating that day. Food is a necessity… it should be easy.
U eat is an app that was developed to improve university student’s dining experiences. When I was talking with the apps developer, Spencer Fontein , he said this issue is exactly what gave him the idea to create the app, “I came up with the idea when I was with my friends trying to decide what dining hall to go to for dinner. We said, wouldn’t it be great if we knew what was being served”.
It started as a basic provider of weekly menu items, hours of operation and locations of other food services. It has grown to provide even more information about food services around campus, and if it was available at Dalhousie, I know I would use it every day.
U eat Features
As business students we are very busy. U eat can help you plan your meals and be more efficient in the dining hall. You can look up to a week in advance and see what each dining hall will be serving. If you never want to miss your favourite meal, you can add it to your favourites list and get a notification when that meal is being served.
“U eat also identifies common allergens and whether items are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan”. For health conscious students it also provides detailed nutritional information about any item being served.
Keeping track of your expenses is another thing that is always on our mind as university students. U eat makes it easy to track your meal swipes and dining dollars. It also shows you the most popular off campus restaurants that offer great student discounts. “So if your favourite item isn’t being served on campus you know where to go to get a bite off campus”.
The most unfortunate part about the app is that it is not available at Dalhousie. Dalhousie Food Services does provide their menus on the website. However, it is not as accurate and convenient as U eat. But the app is being updated regularly to include new colleges and universities. I suggested to the developer that it would be a good idea to add a social component so students could let their friends know where and when they were going to eat… nobody likes to eat alone!
Go to the App Store and Download U Eat if you are at one of the many schools it is available at, and hopefully it will be available at Dalhousie in the near future.