Student life includes so much more than just studies. As a student at Halmstad University you have an exciting time ahead where you will learn about a new culture and make friends for life. We will do our best to make your student experience as good as possible!
All the University buildings are located in one place – our campus. From here it takes only a few minutes by bike to go to the city centre and student accommodations. At campus you can find almost everything you need close at hand, such as lecture halls, library, cafés, gym and even a hair dresser.
A vibrant and modern campus
Halmstad University is characterised by a vibrant campus where you can meet with your classmates and teachers. In all of our buildings there is plenty of space to study or to socialise, and a cup of coffee is always close by. Students have access to well-equipped computer rooms and innovative labs used both for teaching and research.
When you walk through the doors of the University newest building, S building, you will experience a modern environment characterised by innovation. Take the opportunity to visit one of the labs in Lab City, have coffee or lunch at the student café or hang out in one of the the many study areas around the building. You can also find fresh and modern student kitchens where you can heat up your lunch box.
Comfortable student life
As a student at Halmstad University, you never have to run around town to go from one lecture to the next. Most of them take place on campus. This makes it easy to get in touch with students from other programmes, teachers and other University staff. The buildings are modern and offers several inspiring places to sit and study with friends. When you need a change of scenery, the city centre is nearby. You can go from campus to the centre by bike or bus in a few minutes.
Explore our high-tech lab environments
Halmstad University has several top modern laboratories that are tailormade for certain subjects. The labs are used by students as well as teachers, researchers and our collaboration partners, as they are valuable facilities for exploring practical elements connected to academic theories. In addition to being important in connection to graduation projects and research tests, the labs are also great study areas whenever you want to work together and get inspired in a creative environment.
Health and sports for everyone
The University hall is home to everything that is sports and health related. It holds a large sports hall, workout rooms and premises for teaching and research. There is also a gym, where you can attend fitness classes, lift weights or challenge yourself on the climbing wall – all close at hand for students on campus who like to exercise.
A relaxed study environment at the University Library
The University Library, with its quiet study halls and group rooms, is a perfect study environment. It also holds all the course literature for the subjects taught at the University. In addition, there are journals, newspapers and handbooks.
The city of Halmstad
Halmstad is a big little city. It combines the best qualities of a small town with the vibrance of a bigger city. You can enjoy a balanced lifestyle with a mix of concerts and sport events with relaxation in untouched nature.
One of the benefits of studying in Halmstad is the closeness between campus, the city centre and beautiful nature, which makes it easy to spend time together and discovering the surroundings.
Close to nature
In Halmstad you are always close to beautiful nature. Wherever you are in the city you can easily access a deep forest, a calm lake or a coastal beach within 20 minutes. There are several nature reserves around the municipality, offering hiking trails and barbeque spots which are free for anyone to use. One of the most popular nature areas in the city centre is Galgberget – a beech forest up on a hill with great views over the city.
The historic city centre
When you stroll along the streets of Halmstad you constantly get reminded of history and the various events that has taken place in the city. Up until the 17th centrury, this part of Sweden belonged to Denmark which is visible in the architecture of certain buildings. The houses along some of the narrow streets are a few of those which remain after the great city fires of 1619. Make sure to make a stop at the majestic castle by the river Nissan the north gate of the old fortress walls.
A bike-friendly city
Exploring the city and its surroundings by bike is recommended! There is no need to commute by car or public transport in Halmstad, as you can easily get around town on a bicycle. Actually, Halmstad is one of the top bike cities in Sweden, with well-maintained bike paths both in the city and on the countryside.
A wide range of cultural experiences
Halmstad offers a flourishing cultural scene where you can enjoy both fine art galleries, live music at several venues, movies at the cinema and dramatic plays and stand-up comedy at the theatre. Some of the most iconic buildings in the city is the regional museum and the city library. There are several cultural festivals organised on a yearly basis, for example the street theatre festival.
The city of sports
Whether you would like to be active yourself or prefer to sit in the audience, Halmstad is a city where sports always is present. The city is especially known to for its 12 golf courses, but also have several high level sport teams within soccer, handball and floorball. The location on the windy west coast also makes up for perfect conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
A short trainride to metropolitan cities
Halmstad is located just between Gothenburg and Malmö/Copenhagen. You can easily take the train to these cities to explore a new area over the weekend. From there you can choose to continue to Copenhagen, just remember to keep your passport ready.
More information about Halmstad and its surroundings
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Engage and socialise
Most people say that their time at university is the best time of their life. New friends, newfound freedom, new knowledge, new experiences and new relationships. Halmstad University has a lot of activities to offer outside of your studies.
Take part in social activities during your studies! It’s a great way to meet new friends, build a network and maximise your stay in Halmstad.
Involvement is a big part of life as a student. Getting involved in anything out of all that is offered to students can help you make new friends, create fun memories and have experiences that make a difference on your way to your dream job.
Halmstad University is characterised by an entrepreneurial spirit, which is reflected in the amount of activities to get involved in. The range of areas of interest is wide!
The University Friendship Organization (UFO)
Take the chance to get to know people from all over the world in one place! UFO is a non-profit organisation at the Halmstad University Student Union, with the aim to help and support international students by arranging activities to make their stay in Sweden as good as possible. Why not take part in the buddy programme where you get paired with a student from another country to exchange cultural and linguistic knowledge?
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Student Experience and Employability Programme
The SEEP programme is an extracurricular programme with the aim to prepare international students for the Swedish labour market. Boost your career in Sweden by leveraging your strengths and expanding your network.
Why take part in the programme?
By taking part in the Student Experience and Employability Programme (SEEP) you will create a unique opportunity to prepare yourself for a future career in Sweden by learning the language, understanding the working culture, preparing an attractive resume and expanding your network with local employers and University partners. For your personal development, you will connect with like-minded international students which will further enhance your student experience at Halmstad University.
Reasons to join the programme
- Increase the prospect of finding a job in Sweden
- Learn Swedish to boost your chances and networking opportunities
- Understand the Swedish culture, traditions and norms in the workplace
- Build a network of young professionals as well as company representatives
- Get a toolbox to build your own capacity and successful career!
Upon a successful completion of SEEP you will receive a certificate that is valuable for your professional CV.
Who can apply?
If you are an International student studying in the final year of a one or two-year master programme, you are welcome to apply for the Student Experience and Employability Programme. A maximum of 30 students will be accepted. The application period is open in September each year.
How long will I be part of the programme?
The programme starts in September and ends in May the following year. Each admitted student will be expected to spend approximately 4 hours per week on programme related work.
The sessions included in the programme are non-credited and will take place during late afternoons/evenings/weekends. The programme is divided into several sessions dealing with specific topics in different periods throughout the academic year. At the end of the programme you will be fully equipped with tools to find your own internship in the direction of your future career.
Are you a company interested in hosting an internship for one of our students? Read more below.
Collaboration opportunities (In Swedish)
The Student Union in Halmstad can help advice you regarding student accommodation. There are different options available for exchange students and international students. Please note that they cannot assist with family accommodation.
Accommodation for exchange students
Previously we have been able to guarantee accommodation for exchange students but currently we are looking into our agreement for accommodations. We might not be able to guarantee accommodation for the upcoming semester, but we are working on a solution. We will update this site when we know more.
Accommodation for international students
There is a limited amount of student accommodation available for admitted students. The University and the Student Union can currently not provide accommodation to international students. If the situation changes, the information will be updated. Please contact the Student Union directly for any questions regarding student accommodation.
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Bringing family members?
The Student Union only supports accommodation for admitted students. If you are bringing your family and need a different accommodation option, you are responsible for organising this yourself.
The Student Union
There are several ways for you to influence your studies during your time at Halmstad University. Getting involved in the Student Union is one way to make a difference.
The Student Union is divided into two main areas. One focuses on education and motivation and the other on study-social activities. The Student Union’s main task is to ensure that education at Halmstad University is of high quality, that laws and regulations are followed and that students gain influence over their education. The union is also active in student politics, where the goal is to make the student experience at Halmstad University as good as possible.
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Want to sing in a choir, play floorball or develop new innovations? As a student you can find associations that fits your area of interest. If not, contact the Student Union and start a new one!
As a student representative you get the chance to make your voice heard in decision-making processes. Contact the Student Union to sign up.
Membership in the Student Union is optional. As a member, you will get discounts in local shops and cafes, take part in the Fresher’s Week and other events at the student pub.