Umeå

Last changed: 28 June 2017
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SLU’s campus in Umeå is an inspiring and picturesque learning environment. Surrounded by deep green forests, scenic parks and clear, blue lakes, it is easy to see why Umeå is the fastest growing city in Sweden. With 110 000 inhabitants, Umeå is the largest city in Norrland, and each year over 800 000 people pass through Umeå's airport. It takes less than an hour to fly from Umeå to Stockholm, and four hours to fly to Brussels.

Umeå is considered a youthful and lively city, and is highly ranked amongst Swedish students.  In Umeå it is only ever a short distance to the nearest park or forest, and students can discover new and exciting outdoor activities with every season.  Students can enjoy Umeå’s active nightlife, or experience some of the many cultural activities on offer, such as film festivals, art exhibitions, large sporting events, or music festivals. 

The IKSU Sports Centre, located in walking distance to SLU’s campus, is the biggest indoor sports facility in Scandinavia and takes up an area of 15 500 square metres.  With over 25 000 visitors every week, IKSU offers everything from rock climbing to indoor beach volleyball.  There are also a variety of outdoor activities on offer, such as cross country and downhill skiing, ice climbing and hiking. 

The winter in Umeå brings lots of snow, and with it, more than 400 km of cross country ski trails.  World-class skiing areas are easily accessed from Umeå.  For example, students can drive to the mountain range dividing Sweden and Norway in only four hours.  Here they can stay at first-rate resorts and go hiking, downhill skiing and mountainbike riding.

In Umeå, SLU and Umeå University share the same campus, with a total student population of more than 20 000.  SLU’s Faculty of Forest Sciences is based in Umeå, with 500 students and 350 staff over five departments.  The Faculty of Forest Sciences offers three international Master’s programmes, and two of these are based in Umeå.  The faculty offers courses in forestry, environment and natural resources, wildlife, fish and aquaculture, technology and economics.  Each course is a mixture of theory, fieldwork and laboratory work.  At Umeå, students work in close contact with their teachers and academic staff.

The SLU Student Union in Umeå has been in existence for more than 100 years.  The Union is very active, taking an interest in educational matters and overseeing the quality of education and the study environment on campus.  The student union also represents the student body on university boards and committees, and arranges a variety of sporting and social activities for its members.

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The SLU house in Umeå. Foto: Jenny Svennås-Gillner

Accomodation - Umeå

Are you looking for accomodation in Umeå? 

Please visit Accomodation in Umeå for more information.

How to get to SLU Umeå

Airport coaches, or local bus (bus stop "Universum" or "Växthuset").

Student Union Umeå

The SLU Student Union in Umeå has been in existence for more than 100 years.  The Union is very active, taking an interest in educational matters and overseeing the quality of education and the study environment on campus.  The student union also represents the student body on university boards and committees, and arranges a variety of sporting and social activities for its members.


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