As a student at LiU you have many ways of getting to know people and lots to do outside of your studies. You can get involved in an activity just for fun, such as singing in a choir or practicing a sport, or choose something with more responsibility, such as becoming active in the student union or working in a student-run pub.
Student unions and sections
Meeting places for students within a certain field of study
The hub of student life at LiU is made up by the three student unions at the university – Consensus, LinTek and StuFF – each one of which represents students at the various faculties. Sweden has a long tradition of labour unions and is one of the most unionised countries in the world, local students are very active and committed to the success of the student unions. International students are often impressed by the breadth of work involved. The student unions represent students in university matters, and make sure that students have an influence on university management.
Each student union has several smaller branches called ‘sections’ where students can also, if they wish, become members. The sections are linked to the various programmes and courses, and their purpose is to improve your time at LiU as a student. In addition to monitoring the quality of your education, the sections also look after social activities, such as the welcome activities for new students, company fairs, traditional student events such as: parties, formal sit down dinners (known as “sittningar”), and other social activities throughout the year.
• Consensus – for students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
• LinTek – for students at the Faculty of Science and Engineering
• StuFF – for students at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at Educational Sciences
• Find your student union section at LiU
Student clubs and societies
Meeting places for students with similar interests
LiU has many different clubs and societies where students with similar interests can gather. No matter what you are interested in – chess, politics, music, horses, programming, theatre, or Harry Potter – there is something for everybody. And if your interest is not catered for, you can always start a new society.
Links to our more than 100 student clubs and societies are given below. You can also keep your eyes open for posters and advertising banners around campus with invitations to different events held by the clubs and societies.
LiU has a strong student culture with a full calendar of annual events hosted by and for the students. You can choose between many activities that take place throughout the academic year, and you will rapidly find your calendar fully booked.
Kalas or New Student’s Day – the official welcome reception for Linköping University
Sport and outdoor activities
Get all your cells active
Both Linköping and Norrköping offer many opportunities for training and access to beautiful nature trails and parks for exercise.
Campushallen is one of the largest preventive health centre in Linköping, with group training, gym, ball sports, an athletics arena and ice-skating rink. Next to Campus Valla we also have Vallaskogen, a nature reserve with trails for rambling, jogging, riding and mountain biking.
In Norrköping, the NAFFI student club arranges popular campus-wide leagues in both football and floorball. The Motala River, which runs through Norrköping, offers beautiful pathways for walking and running.
Other sport facilities
Within and around Linköping and Norrköping we find also several other facilities for sport and training, including swimming pools, tennis courts, climbing walls, and athletics fields and arenas. You can also join student sporting clubs or a local sporting club through, for example, the Korpen organisation.
Korpen (in Swedish)