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London student launches app to allow foreigners to find friends and share food


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Moving to a new city, and a new country, is a daunting experience. One London student is looking to change that, with the launch of his new app 'Meet'n'Eat'. 

The app connects foreigners now living in the capital with one another, allowing them to find someone to share a meal with. Its creators are hoping that the app will send a message to an increasingly xenophobic post-Brexit UK, allowing foreign workers, visitors and international students to know that "whoever you are, wherever you are from, whilst you are in London we want your time here to be as comfortable and homely as possible." 

Students are at the heart of Meet'n'Eat's radar. It's creator, Oliver Phillips, is studying for an MSc in Public Policy at LSE after graduating from Oxford last year.

He had the idea whilst travelling alone in South Korea last summer, where he realised there wasn't an app that allowed him to connect with others nearby on a platonic level. "I couldn't find an app which would connect myself to others purely for the purpose of a meal, as opposed to dating, for example."

Chief Technology Officer, Nicolas Sleiman, is studying Computer Sciences at King's College London. As a Lebanese student, he was keen to join the Meet'n'Eat team because "he would want to use it if it were to exist", explained Phillips. 

In 2015/2016 there were 438,010 international students in attendance at UK universities, according to the UK Council for International Student Affairs. UCL had almost 15,000 international students in 2015/2016, whilst six London universities made a list of the top 20 recruiters for international students in the same year.  

Users of the app have the option to either 'Create' or 'Join' a table, choosing location, time and date of the meal. They can filter who their meal is visible to based on age or language spoken. 

The app launches April 21st. 

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