When you stay in Sweden, coffee will possibly become your everyday drink. You might eat Swedish meatballs, kanelbulle (cinnamon bread rolls) and lingonberries very often, and glögg might become your favourite drink during Christmas. I am personally fond of the semla which is a cream-filled bun with almond paste inside. This is sold only during the winter. A sweet taste of the semla with bitterness of coffee can energise me to continue working after a coffee break. As I am from another continent, I have never had problems with food since living here because there is a diversity of both Swedish and international food. The examples of the prevalent ones are kebab, pizza, and sushi.
If you are wondering about the food inside Chalmers, the restaurants in Johanneberg campus and restaurants in Lindholmen campus are many to choose from. There are vegetarian and even vegan options in most restaurants. The menus provided on each day can be checked by entering the Chalmers conference & restaurants website. As a student in Johanneberg campus, I usually buy food from Express Restaurant located in the Student Union Building which provides different menus among each day. It is only for lunch and the price is also very cheap. The payment system in the university is cashless, and there is also a discount for food if you pay by using the Student Union Card. If you’re interested in reading about the cashless system in Sweden, you can read my fellow ambassador - Bharat’s article here.
Many Chalmerists also bring their own food which is very convenient because there are facilities like microwaves provided in most buildings to be able to reheat your lunches. Besides saving money,it also helps reduce waste from food packaging which is a very sustainable way. Other than these, there are also shops and restaurants near to the university. Therefore, there are several alternatives if you are getting bored and cannot think of what to eat.
In general, I rely on my own cooking skills. I found that I save a lot more money (20 - 40 SEK on average) by cooking my own food compared to the prices of food in restaurants. There are various food retailers, and the prices among them are not much different. The products for those who are Lactose or Gluten intolerance are always available as well. Moreover, some food retailers offer memberships which provide bonuses and special offers. I usually cook Asian food, and the ingredients are very easy to find because many stores provide imported foods and ingredients, so there are no worries for international students who love to cook!
Author: Noppakod Ariyaphonphiroon