Supping with students

Students enjoy a snack outside the Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm Library, Berlin. The city's many university canteens are open to the public.

Food for thought: Berlin's many student canteens and dining halls are open to all, and in terms of both price and location, are pretty hard to beat.

Fare in general is remarkably decent, and given that prices are tuned to impoverished pockets, chowing down with students makes for a budget-friendly, buzzy alternative to fast food joints or standard cafés.

Our favourite venues include the large 'Mensa' or dining hall in the Humboldt University's main Unter den Linden campus where, in summer months, you can attempt to bag an al fresco table overlooking the pleasant central square.

Cheap eats and great locations: Humboldt University North campus canteen, Berlin
Al fresco eating outside the Humboldt University southern dining hall, Berlin

Another option is the cheap and cheerful snack bar in the nearby Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm Library, which is always brimming with hungry researchers.

Slightly further afield, the Humboldt's northern campus boasts a bustling café and several secret attractions besides, including a beautiful anatomical theatre and hidden green spaces bisected by the River Panke.

Top spot, however, is taken quite literally by the Technical University's 20th floor 'Skyline' Cafeteria', which offers delicious views along with its snacks.


Further facts

All catering facilities are overseen by the Studentenwerk organisation, which provides a complete list of Berlin's student canteens together with daily menus, prices and opening times - see link below.

Bear in mind, however, that as well as closing at weekends, all tend to wind down around 6pm at the latest, so turning up for dinner is definitely not an option.

See also:
Food with views
Berlin's community kitchens

Student canteens and dining halls: various locations throughout Berlin
Opening times vary, but are Mon-Fri only, and generally close by 6 p.m.

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