Life Is Extraordinary

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Student life

13 Student Nations


As a student at Uppsala University, you can enjoy studying at one of the top universities in the world. Uppsala has a long and impressive history that dates back over 500 years, and many of the student traditions that were established several centuries ago are still carried on by students today. Uppsala is known as Sweden’s most exciting student city, and the student nations, student unions and other cultural festivities make student life in Uppsala very out of the ordinary. Here, our students can take part in formal black-tie affairs, attend discos and pubs and join a range of clubs and societies. 

The Student nations

The Student unions

International Student Guide

Study environment

Our students can enjoy modern facilities and well-equipped labs, libraries and lecture rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available on all campuses. We have teaching and research facilities throughout the city of Uppsala, with nine different campus areas and 13 student nations. Students at Uppsala University play an important role in the Uppsala community and they can often be seen an heard taking part in academic and extra-curricular activities. The abundance of bicycle paths around the city also means that students can easily travel between their home, the university and places of leisure.

Uppsala University also has a campus on Gotland, the largest island in the Baltic Sea. Students at Campus Gotland can enjoy the historical settings and picturesque surroundings at one of Sweden's favourite holiday destinations.

Have a closer look at our campus areas.

What our students say

One of the best ways to learn about life as a student at Uppsala University is to join us on Facebook where you can communicate directly with current students, staff and alumni.

On YouTube you will find many videos about the city of Uppsala, the island of Gotland and the university itself. A good starting point is our YouTube channel.


Freedom and responsibility

Swedish people are generally very easy going and informal. It is not uncommon for our students to have a fika with their professors and their office doors are usually open. At Uppsala University, we do our best to encourage and assist our students to provide them with the best study experience possible. As one of the world's top universities, we demand the highest academic performance from our students. However, a number of support services are available to help our students excel academically as well as enjoy their time in Sweden.

As a student at Uppsala University you will be responsible for your own academic success. You will often work independently or in small groups on subject-specific assessment pieces. Your professors will be there to share their knowledge, experience and guidance with you; however, the free and individualistic nature of higher education in Sweden may be different to what you are used to in your home country. The social and problem-solving skills you gain from your studies in Sweden will be a valuable asset to you and your future career.

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Valborg (Walpurgis)

On 30 April every year thousands of people travel to Uppsala to celebrate Valborg (Walpurgis Eve). For students experiencing it for the first time, celebrating Valborg in Uppsala is something they will never forget. Champagne breakfasts, float races on the rapids, herring lunches and parties at the student nations are just some of the activities that take place on this memorable day.