It’s no surprise that big cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö offer an active cultural scene, with restaurants to enjoy, concerts to attend and museums to discover.
However, even smaller cities in Sweden have lots to offer off-campus. Discovering all your city and region has to offer and getting involved in your community can be a great way to meet Swedish friends.
Students at Swedish universities tend to be very active, and there are many ways to get involved in sport as well as to explore Sweden’s beautiful nature. Most universities offer sport or fitness centers, and many organize intramural teams for sports like football, handball, hockey or bandy.
Many universities offer pubs and clubs on and around campus, and university towns and larger cities offer an array of bars and clubs. The legal age for drinking in Sweden is 18, though some establishments – mainly in the bigger cities – may only admit people over 20 or 23 years of age.
Outside of bars and restaurants, alcoholic drinks including wine, beer and liquor are only sold at Systembolaget, a legal company by local municipality.
Most Swedish universities are home to societies for students sharing a similar interest.
Your student union will have listings of societies, and you can also keep an eye out around campus for flyers advertising societies and events.