I had only been to the Southern parts of Sweden before, so Stockholm was a whole new adventure to me. I had only travelled during the summer months around Europe and hadn’t truly experienced the freezing cold weather that was to come. Leaving Australia in a Summer heat wave and arriving in Stockholm at the freezing cold temperature of -13 degrees was a complete shock.
Having used my free electives to go on exchange I decided to study something else I’m passionate about and landed on film. Film at Stockholm university is amazing, every week we watch a new film at the Swedish Film Institute, which is just a bus ride away from the main campus, and then spend the next few hours discussing and analysing them. Stockholm University’s campus is huge and green during the Spring and Summer months but even during winter just having a stunning white blanket across the whole open campus is just as nice. The University library has enough room for most people but also lets students book rooms in advance just like the UTS Library! Stockholm University’s teaching style is very similar to UTS’ it’s quite calm and relaxed but at the same time really discusses some interesting topics. They provide free Swedish courses to anyone who wants to do them, and these can really help with day to day life and just getting around the city.
My accommodation came through the Stockholm University housing office and they found a place for me in the student accommodation called Lappis. Lappis is great because its right next to the university (and its gym) but it also has the added bonus of having a supermarket right in the middle! It’s about 10-minute walk to the University metro station and you can practically get anywhere in the city in under an hour.
Stockholm city has so many interesting places and sites to see. Södermalm is a great place to go for a night out, with the most bars and restaurants, but even during the day it’s filled to the brim with hip cafes and second-hand clothing stores that are perfect for spending on a budget. Östermalm, closer to the main campus, is a beautiful part of city with lots of the parks and more upper-class restaurants and clubs. Gamla Stan is a must see for anyone visiting Stockholm, the Royal Palace is stunning and has museums and guided tours to truly immerse yourself in the culture.
Plus! There are so many different groups that host events throughout the semester. ESN and the Stockholm University Student Union (SUS) are some of the must join groups to meet people and also get to know the city! SUS holds many different events on campus for the first few weeks but also trips to other places like Russia and Norway without the need for a Visa! They also host things in Stockholm like Fikas, a hugely important part of Swedish culture which just means having a break to have a coffee and a cinnamon bun, and cheaper hockey games!
Overall, Stockholm University has been an amazing experience and I’ve met so many different and awesome people during my time here that I’ll never forget and I can’t wait to spend my next semester here too!
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
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