Student life in Umeå

Last changed: 17 March 2023
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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 employees over five departments.

The Faculty of Forest Sciences 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 SLU's campus in Umeå, students work in close contact with their teachers and academic staff. 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 within a four-hour drive to the mountain range dividing Sweden and Norway. Here you can stay at first-rate resorts and go hiking, downhill skiing and mountainbike riding.

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 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.