FAQ Dining Facilities

You can pay without cash in all of our canteens and coffee bars by using the MensaCard. This makes it easier for both you and us to avoid rummaging around for coins or exact change, shortens the lines at the cashiers, and enables you to enjoy your meal quicker. From 2019, you can only pay with the MensaCard in all our our canteens and coffee bars.

The MensaCard can be reloaded at the loading machines or by using the direct debit system (“Autoload”).

Where can I get my MensaCard?

At every cash desk in the canteens and coffeebars of studierendenWERK BERLIN you will receive your MensaCard for a deposit of €1.55 Please show your student ID or  a confirmation from the university that you are an employee.


Do you have questions about the MensaCard? Feel free to write us an e-mail to mensacard@stw.berlin

The procedure called 'autoload' corresponds to the direct debit procedure which is widely used also ouside higher education.

Further information can be found here.

Do you have any questions about the MensaCard? Please send us an e-mail to mensacard@stw.berlin .

If your MensaCard does not work, you can contact the staff at the cashiers in the major canteens at any time.

If you lose your MensaCard, we can block your card and give you the remaining value in cash if you give us the card number. That’s why it’s so important to note the number when you receive the card, and keep it in a safe place.

Did you lose your MensaCard or do you have further questions about it? Feel free to write us an email to mensacard@stw.berlin.

CampusCard does not equal MensaCard

The CampusCard with an inbuilt MensaCard has already been introduced at some universities. The numbers are not identical! Therefore, please note the extra number that is on the back of your Campus Card. We can only refund your balance and deposit with this number!  You can find more infos about the CampusCard here: https://campuscard.berlin/

Children’s meals: We provide free canteeen meals for students’ children aged six and under.

Please note:

  • The parents (father and/or mother) must be registered as students and also eating lunch in the canteen.
  • Please use the Kids-MensaCard to receive the free children’s meal. You can get this card at the checkout in the major canteens.

  • The free children’s meal will only be provided if the parent is eating a main course themselves.  When both meals have different prices, the cheaper one is for free.
    Food from the action stand are excluded.
  • All canteens offer children’s meals.

The “food traffic lights” evaluate and identify dishes using the standard colour-coding of a traffic light. We’re all familiar with the meaning of the different colours of a traffic light. Here, the colours – as recommended by the German Nutrition Society (DGE) – represent the overall medical/nutritional value of the respective dishes. However, the color coding does not denote an evaluation of their environmental footprint.

The system is easy to apply. Each dish is marked with a stoplight colour. The more ‘green’ dishes you choose, the better the composition of your meal. But if you’d like to use the full-fledged system for your eating habits, you don’t have to stick to only ‘green’ dishes. You can still achieve the full benefit from eating ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ dishes (occasionally for the former, more regularly for the latter – e.g. 10 % red, 30 % yellow).

This decision-making aid was developed in collaboration with Dr. Peinelt of Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.

GREEN = Best choice! The more often, the better!

YELLOW = A good choice! Every now and then.

RED = Not too often! Best combined with green.

Of course, our canteens aren’t just places for eating and drinking – people come here to meet up between classes and chat with other students.

 You can also study here, but please be considerate to guests who are here to eat.

The studierendenWERK BERLIN provides a wide range of changing meals every day, at various universities.

Our meal plan:

  • two starters
  • colourful salad buffet
  • a climate dish (vegan)
  • one to two vegetarian dishes
  • one to two special offers
  • a pasta counter in some canteens
  • a range of cakes and desserts
  • a wide range of hot and cold beverages

In our first vegetarian canteen “Veggie N°1”, we offer diverse vegetarian dishes to our guests, with a high percentage of sustainable products.

Our offers vary according to the respective capacities of the canteens.

When selecting our products, we lay our focus on high quality produce, careful preparation and that all essential vitamins are preserved. We also ensure that our offers contain all vital vitamins and minerals and that these are preserved as well throughout the preparation process. We always take into account the latest nutritional-physiological findings.

In most canteens, you can put together your meal as you wish and chose from different components. In smaller facilities, we have to offer complete or partial menus due to restriction of space.

What we offer in the coffee bars:

  • premium tea and coffee specialities of Fairtrade quality,
  • a diverse range of cake
  • and a wide range of cold drinks.

When selecting our products, we pay great attention on high quality produce and careful preparation. We also ensure that our offers contain all vital vitamins and minerals and that these are preserved throughout the preparation process. We always take into account the latest nutritional-physiological findings.

The canteens and coffee bars offer their guests a high quality, varied, and healthy selection of dishes and beverages. The wishes, satisfaction, and the trust of our guests is our prime focus.

Our daily menu is completed - according the respective size of the facilities - by vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as fresh seasonal fruit, different salads, starters, and desserts. We only serve fish from sustainable fishery.

The diversity of our selection enables all guests, also the ones who are restricted to specific foods due to allergies, to find something for themselves.

We avoid using genetically modified food and glutamate as well as superfluous preservatives and artificial colouring.

Our guests receive the service of our friendly and helpful staff members who are always open to your suggestions, criticism, and suggestions for improvement.

The basis for our quality management is, apart from the adequate treatment of foods, the hygienic standards as required by law.

In our modern kitchens, our meals are freshly made and always of high quality. Cleanliness, a friendly atmosphere, a careful treatment of the foods, and an inviting display of them are our standard.

The training of our cooks and the regular further training of our employees are mandatory for us and also show that we’re a forward-looking organization.

Communication and team spirit are the basis of our common success.

All of our staff members contribute to this success.

The responsibility for secure jobs and mutual respect are the foundation of our leadership responsibilities.

We operate economically, sustainably and environmentally.

We are very family conscious and feel obligated to encourage the balance of family and work.


Enjoy your meal and your stay!

The canteen and coffee bar staff


Generally, students who don’t study at a Berlin university which cooperates with the studierendenWERK have to pay the guest price category.

The student price category only applies to students who are enrolled at universities in Berlin and Potsdam (Uni Potsdam, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Film University Babelsberg as well as the Universities of Applied Sciences at Wildau and Brandenburg).

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to offer the subsidised food for students who study at universities in other federal states of Germany.

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