WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE AND STUDY IN LUND, SWEDEN

So, why on earth would you want to know anything about a tiny city in the very south of Sweden? Simply because Lund is not just one of the oldest cities in Sweden, it is home to the largest university in SwedenLund university.

Every year this city attracts international visitors from all over the world, who come here to study. In fact, students make up nearly half of the city population!  Lund University

This magical student city could be the new Hogwarts for hipsters. Busy from autumn through spring, when students are here for their studies and dead-quiet in the summer, it holds that charm to it which is mostly filled by population – drunken, funny, cheerful, smart, trendy students from all over the world. Lund, being quite small, has some great hang out places for youth.

Where to hang out in Lund?

1. Old town

The old town gives away it’s real age, still having the stone paved roads and colorful little houses decorated by roses. It won’t take you long to take a walk all around the old town of Lund.lund oldtownBest time to see old town in its full glory is of course summer when roses are in bloom. But in order to feel the full spirit of student city, I recommend visiting before all of them vanish for holidays – some time in May or beginning of June.lund houses

2. Botanic garden

Botanic garden in Lund is not only a place to learn more about different sorts of plants but a spot for getting a tan in the summertime, hanging out with friends or gathering for a school project. botanic garden taningbench in the park

3. Nations

Student social clubs called ‘nations’ are unique Swedish student organizations which are the main drive of students’ extracurricular activities. Each nation has its own spirit: some are music oriented, some are heavy in sports. Main activities, such as culture nights, parties, discos and stand-up comedy happen in nation’s headquarters and are organized by volunteering students. Nations is where all the wild things happen. You don’t have to be a student to get in to one of these events, you’ll just have to pay the higher entrance fee.

4. Lund Library

It sounds way far from a cool spot to hang out for some people. But it’s not if library looks anything like Lund University library.library

Secret cool spots around Lund 

Living in Lund is not only bound to the city itself, having plenty of time on your hands as a student, you are simply obliged to visit the surroundings. Here are some spots I really fell in love with.

1. Lomma

Okay, Lomma is not a secret for anyone studying in Lund. It is the nearest beach and a nirvana place in the summertime. With perfect white sand which still allows flowers to grow on top of it, it could be a first class resort, if only it was warm in Sweden.lomma lomma beach

2. Dalby

The so-called Dalby lake is nothing more than a stone quarry that has been closed and got flooded with water. So, now this is a place with a beautiful clean lake perfect for swimming, bathing and jumping off the remaining stones.dalby

3. Värpinge

Varpinge is a perfect place to take postcard pictures. A little stream hugged by green grass on the sides with windmills on the background creates a perfect view. It is also an extremely pleasant place to stay and do some homework.special place

4. Bjarred

Bjarred is a small town on the coastline making it a perfect resort spot in the summertime. The best thing about it is an awesome open air sauna situated 500m into the sea.Bjarred

Getting Around

In order to find how to get to all these awesome places, I advise you to use Skanetrafiken website, where you can construct your travel route by simply putting in the departure and destination points.

Studying in Lund

Lund University is a big school, which ranks among the 100 top universities in the world covering everything from science and engineering to arts and aviation. The Admission process is very centralized, you have to apply through a central application portal: University Admissions that sends your application to the universities of your choice. This way you have the chance to apply to several Swedish universities at once, making only one application.astronomical tower lundSo, let me paint the picture of Lund student life for you. When I was doing my Master’s degree in Sweden, it was the last year when anyone could study in Sweden for free. And by anyone, I mean absolutely anyone who gets accepted into the program. Since 2012, this is only the case for students from the EU. However, Lund is still highly international university with students from all over the world.students in lund

Housing

As you might have guessed, housing question is a tough one in Lund due to the high demand, however, if you are lucky you can be offered student housing by the university. Living in international student corridor of Sparta, where I have ended up, is not only one of the cheapest options but is also a great experience, since it connects people from all over the world by having a common kitchen and bathroom 🙂sparta housing

Studies

As for the studies itself, expect little lectures and a lot of group work and self-study. An interesting part about studying in Lund is that you have a lot of free time on your hands, that’s right, a lot! I had only 3-4 classes a week, with plenty of group work tasks done outside of class, making your student life very flexible. Waking up at 10 AM, going to the gym, then starting your business. Oh yeah, and the gym! You definitely have to register with Gerdahallen, this gym has massive discounts for students from Lund University and some of the best fitness classes I have ever attended, afro-dance and yoga being my favorites.

Wrap Up

To me, Lund became another home, a place where I would always be glad to come back to and where each street reminds of some good student times, be it partying, studying, shopping or hanging out with friends. But the most important part is, when you live a piece of your life in the foreign city, you are bound to find a new family.sparta EF

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What is living in Lund like for you? Do you wish to apply? Do you know any other cool secret spots in or around Lund? Share them with us in comments below!

15 comments… add one
  • Axel Sjöblad 07 Mar 2016, 3:22 pm

    Thank you for a great description of Lund and its surroundings. As a native Lundabo and former student at the Lund University I can only agree with your recommendations.

    • Lena 08 Mar 2016, 2:29 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Axel! I’ve only lived there for a year, but Lund became like home to me. Love to come back every time.

  • Diana 09 Mar 2016, 12:09 am

    Lena, your article made me feel so nostalgic, and started to miss Lund. My fav place is Bjärred, I think it’s magical… thank you for making me remember the good times. Hugs

    • Lena 09 Mar 2016, 5:43 pm

      I am so happy that this article awoke some warm feelings in you. I wrote about it for the same reason – I felt so nostalgic 🙂

  • Ahmad Jawwad 10 Mar 2016, 1:12 am

    Thank You. Comprehensive, compact and detailed, loved it. Feeling nostalgic, recalling those old joyful days, would love to visit and stay again in Lund 🙂

    • Lena 10 Mar 2016, 2:54 pm

      I think Lund simply has that affect on people, since everyone feels so nostalgic about it…haha.

      • Ahmad Jawwad 11 Mar 2016, 4:27 am

        True!

  • Oleksandr Lytvynenko 16 Mar 2016, 10:18 pm

    I’d like to live there for a long time. And of cos Lomma is a cool place for relaxing and comfort beeing :]

    • Lena 17 Mar 2016, 11:01 pm

      You mean, in Lund? It’s fun a place to be as a student. I am not sure if it is fun to live there afterwards. But who knows:)

  • Tareq Saleh 23 Mar 2016, 9:24 pm

    In my 10 years of study in Lund never have seen a drunken student in the streets.

    • Lena 23 Mar 2016, 10:03 pm

      Tareq, you must be joking… haven’t you been on the streets during student initiations in end August – beginning September? or maybe you simply hang out with a better crowd than I did when I lived there 🙂
      Anyhow, cheers to the fellow Lundmate! Hope you are still enjoying it after 10 years.

  • Nika 11 Oct 2016, 5:36 pm

    Would you recommend to an international student to stay in Lund and work there for life? Are there good job opportunities in Lund?

    • Lena 11 Oct 2016, 5:43 pm

      Hi Nika

      Quite a few people stay in the area after they are done studying in Lund University. In Lund itself some of my international friends stayed to work for Tetra Pak or E-On.
      Now with Ikea moving their headquarter to Malmo, there will be even more work that doesn’t require the knowledge of Swedish. Many people choose to go across the border and settle in a bigger Copenhagen, which is how I ended up living here 🙂

  • Nitu Valentin 10 Jan 2017, 6:24 pm

    Thank you, Lena, for such a colorful and inspirational post (frankly, it gave me so many ideas for stories and drawings… you wouldn’t know! ). It seems so nice out there and alongside others’ questions related, I wanted to ask you for some infos, quite similar request, I see, with Nika’s one, about international studentship and blending-in the sweedish (and international) community there.
    Currently, I live in Romania and as I’m passing through high-school, I’m thinking about following my, I guess, dreams. I’ve always wanted to learn how our minds work and how our behavior is becoming (from something unexplained to…) a reaction of some events happening in our body; I’ve always wanted to live far away from these lands, somewhere the air is cooler, the people are cooler, but typical, where the entire life surrounding would fit me better, right? But, when I found out about Lund, about a year ago, from a neighbor who’s daughter lives in Sweden, I started worrying.
    I’m worried about my dreams collapsing, right? About me ending up the same as my friends who just wasted time on crappy things all the time, while I was in-door, thinking, writing, drawing, reading a.s.o.
    What is that I request, Lena, is for you try and giving me some tips. I tried to comprehend by myself the whole bunch of info describing the university, the life in Swe, the process of blending-in, and I’m not so sure I would be able to fight my way through it. The thing is, I’m quite scared, and I’m quite new to this feeling ?.

    • Lena 10 Jan 2017, 6:51 pm

      Nitu, thanks for your words, I am happy that I was able to inspire you.
      Your post really moved me, I mean, it sounds like you are a dreamer and really want to travel, am I right? Do not let anything stop you from discovering the world. The way I look at it – you can always come back if things do not work out.
      Sweden might not be perfect for everybody, just like every country out there, but this is a good place to start. You’ll meet tolerant open-minded people, and besides, it is always easier in student communities because everyone is still young.
      If you do go, be sure to get a space in a dorm, it is so much more fun to be around people than live separately.
      Just a note – don’t be afraid. We are all learning via our mistakes, but the ones we regret the most are the ones we do not do.
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