Pull out your phones and get in on the app that’s changing the way students use dining services at Northwestern. The Eatable app by Lucova is a free app that makes using flex and getting meals even easier. Just set up an account on the app using your student ID number and a picture. The many features will be sure to enhance your dining experience.
Great news: if you forget your ID when you go to the Caf or Hub, no more walk of shame back to your dorm to find it. Now with the Eatable app, students can swipe for meals and pay for food with their phones.
A hidden plus is that employees at the dining locations can see your really cute selfies pop up on their tablets, which really brightens their day.
Kathy, a well-loved member of NW’s dining staff, makes an important note that the app does not function perfectly at all times and sometimes there are so many faces to look through on her screen that she has to scroll and scroll. Mobile check may not be perfect, but it still is an innovative update that students are sure to enjoy.
One of the most popular requests at Common Grounds in past years was not actually for coffee, but rather for the employees to check a student’s flex balance. No longer must students rely on the baristas to print out their flex amount.
Within the app, there is a nifty panel that contains the declining flex balance as well as meal count for both the Hub and the Caf. Fear no longer the embarrassment of going negative in front of your pals.
And for those students who are flex savers, make sure to keep an eye on your balance throughout the semester to avoid the desperate finals week splurge.
The habit of blowing through flex in the first month of school is too true for many students. Well, reloading an account with more flex has never been so easy. Just open the app and press the “reload card” button in the top panel. Then add a credit card and choose an amount.
Not only is reloading your card painless, every deposit over $50 will be rewarded with a $20 bonus. Renae Oolman, NW’s catering manager, praises the fact that “we can continue offering this deal to make on-campus dining options more accessible to students and faculty with or without flex attached to their meal plans.”
When your flex supply eventually runs dry, make sure to take advantage of the discount provided by reloading. So if you have a white mocha latte or cheese balls habit that you cannot foresee curbing, this feature might become your friend.
The Eatable app is solving those minor inconveniences that students have complained about for years. Soon the memories of walking back to the dorm to grab a forgotten ID card and running out of flex during a transaction will be long forgotten.
So download the app and take advantage of these bomb features that will make your life easier in the small ways.