Kent Celebrates 50,000th Cost of Living £3 Meal

In a remarkable feat, Rutherford Dining Hall has served its 50,000th Cost of Living £3 meal, demonstrating the university’s commitment to providing affordable and nutritious food options for its students.

The momentous occasion occurred at lunchtime on Wednesday 8 November when an international student received the 50,000th meal. The lucky student received a goody bag filled with treats to share with friends, thanks to Brakes, the university’s main food supplier.

The Cost of Living £3 meal scheme was launched in November 2022 to alleviate the financial burden on students amidst rising living costs. The scheme offers a variety of delicious and nutritious meals for just £3, giving students more flexibility in their dining choices.

Students can choose from two options: a meat-based or a plant-based dish. Both options come with freshly cooked vegetables and can be ordered to eat in or take away. Some of the popular £3 dishes include sweet potato and chickpea curry, pasta bolognaise, sausage and mash, and three bean chilli.

In addition to the £3 hot meal deal, there is also a £3 sandwich meal deal available all day at Rutherford Dining Hall, Dolche Vita, Mungo’s, Gulbenkian Café, and Sibson Café. This meal deal includes a sandwich, crisps, and a drink.

With such a diverse range of affordable food options, students at the University of Kent can easily access nutritious and delicious meals without breaking the bank. The £3 Cost of Living Meal scheme has been widely praised by students, who appreciate the university’s efforts to support them during challenging times.

Geoff Wilcox shakes the hand of the lucky student who bought the 50,000th cost of living £3 meal
Geoff Wilcox, Rutherford Dining Hall Food & Beverage Manager, shakes the hand of the lucky student who bought the 50,000th Cost of Living £3 meal

More support with cost of living

You can see all the financial support available to students on our Cost of Living Support webpages.

And please remember, if you are struggling financially, get in touch for support.