History video: opening Mensa in 1952

Do you ever eat at a students association? In 1952
Did you know that in 1952, Dutch education minister Dr. Theo Rutten inaugurated a canteen on Oude Delft for the students of the university?

Called Mensa, it served hot food that was prepared in-house and service was restaurant-style with sit down meals and formally dressed diners.

Mensa or eettafel (a table of food) is a common term for places where students can get a cheap meal.

Various student societies at TU Delft welcome non-members to join them over dinner. Check out the list at

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