Food Delivery: What cuisine really matters for students?

Food is a staple need for people, especially for growing children and students. It is no surprise that students, in particular, is always in search food good food.

But what cuisines can really get their taste buds tingling and continuously encourage them to order? Is there any difference between ordering food on a regular day of study and getting food during exam periods?

We have analyzed the eating habits from all foodpanda markets that include 8 different countries and 17 various universities from around the world*.


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One of the major findings that we have is the growing popularity among students to order more food. Because of the rise of food delivery, ordering good food from different restaurants and foodpanda makes it easier and more convenient for students.

foodpanda University Food Delivery Boom infographic
foodpanda University Food Delivery Boom infographic

What are the foods that encourage students to join the foodpanda platform and start dining in the comforts of their home?

foodpanda is a global company, so we consistently assess data from every country; we did not know how varied the favorite dishes would be. As the results turned out, Chinese food is the overwhelmingly number one cuisine globally, with a total of 24% orders. It is more popular and appreciated in Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University, where every fourth order or 25% is Chinese Food.

The second and the third most ordered cuisines are Italian and Thai food, getting 18% and 12%. Students from Shih Hsin University are all about eating Italian salads and pasta, amounting to 28% of the total orders there. Students from the Assumption University of Thailand love Thai food so much, totaling to 20% of the total orders.

If the students are neither studying nor partying, when do they usually eat? Hunger strikes the strongest between 6 and 8 PM as well as 11 AM to 12 PM. Students from Kuala Lumpur and Taipei love eating lunch between 12 to 1 PM while students from Karachi prefer eating late dinner between 8 to 10 PM.

The days that the students order the most and the least also depends on which part of the world they are. Students from Bangkok, Karachi, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei do not tend to order during Mondays and Tuesdays while those from Manila and Kuala Lumpur are least to place orders during Saturdays. Students from Dhaka do not like food deliveries during Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, weekends are the days of lazy orders. Bangkok, Karachi, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei have their biggest orders during Saturdays and Sundays. Since students from Manila do not have time to cook at the beginning of the week, most of the orders are placed on Mondays. Students from Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur love to celebrate the incoming weekend and treat themselves on Thursdays and Fridays.

It is not a secret that exam time is the most stressful period of the year. Because of it, students feel their need to relax by eating a good meal of their favorite food from their favorite restaurant. 25% of students around the world are stress eating Asian and Chinese goodies especially those from Singapore (23%), Hong Kong (23%), and Malaysia (16%). Students from Karachi (56%), Dhaka (55%), and Manila (43%) love to indulge in fast foods while students from Singapore and Hong Kong prefer to choose Chinese food, with 23% and 20% of them ordering their favorite cuisine. Thai students choose their national Thai food during exam period, with 17% of total orders. Students from Malaysia and Taipei prefer Indian and Italian cuisines, totaling to 20% and 18% of their orders.

Chinese Food
Chinese Food

Different students, different countries, different majors. They may all be different, but they have one common factor: They have similar eating habits. Nowadays, more and more students live in a fast-paced environment where time matters so they can rely on foodpanda as their personal chef, making their University life more sweeter and memorable.

About foodpanda

foodpanda, #YourFoodDeliveryApp, is one of the world’s leading online food ordering and delivery platform that enables restaurants to become visible to mobile app and web users. It is headquartered in Berlin (Germany) and powered by tech giant Delivery Hero. The foodpanda app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Its interface offers convenience and extensive food options to busy and hungry customers.

foodpanda entered the Philippine market in 2014 and now partnered with nearly 2000 restaurants to provide unprecedented access to great food options in key cities and urban centers. Visit www.foodpanda.ph or download the app to order!

* Data analysis conducted from January to July 2017, across 17 universities – Bangladesh (Independent University, North South University), Hong Kong (Hong Kong City University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Hong Kong), Malaysia (Brickfields Asia College), Philippines (De La Salle University Manila), Pakistan (Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture), Singapore (Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University), Thailand (Assumption University of Thailand, Bangkok University, Chulalongkorn University), Taiwan (National Taiwan Normal University, National Taiwan University, Shih Hsin University)

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