A van delivering student meals from Uniresta will begin circling after the Easter holidays. The first day of service is Wednesday the 15th of April, the company tells on its website.
The Oulu Student Magazine wrote about the service plans in an article published on the 3rd of April. The reason behind the development of this new service is naturally the coronavirus situation: the restaurants operated by Uniresta, a company owned by the Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) and Oulun ylioppilasapu ry, are closed on both the Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses, and only Vanilla, located in the centre of Oulu, remains open. Majority of the restaurants at the Linnanmaa campus are operated by Juvenes, and the company tells on their website that they have temporarily closed all their campus restaurants.
You can buy student-priced lunches (2.60 euro) from the Uniresta van by showing your valid student card. Unlike under normal circumstances, you can buy lunch for two days at the same time. You can also buy student-priced lunch for your friend, if they are unable to get food for themselves due to symptoms. When buying food for someone else, you need your friend’s valid student card as well. Only card payments are accepted. The non-student price for the lunch is 5.20 euro.
The exact delivery times will be updated on the website of Uniresta. According to preliminary plans, the van will run a route through Linnanmaa (the large parking space at the University) – Syynimaa – Alppila – Toppila on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and another route of Kontinkangas – Peltola – Raksila – Tuira on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A similar student meal delivery service has been initiated at least in the cities Jyväskylä, Turku, and Helsinki. In Jyväskylä, Semma Delivery began their service on the 19th of March, in Turku, Unica’s food truck began circling on the 24th of March, and in Helsinki, UniCafe’s Foodvan began doing rounds of the campuses of Viikki and Kumpula on the 2nd of April.
Translation: Kalle Parviainen.