Being a part of a student union or association is one of the ways you can make your studies at Umeå University more rewarding and fun! Student unions work towards improving the quality of your education and creating a fun leisure time, while student associations connects people with a common interest.
The student unions at Umeå University work to make sure that the students have an influence over their studies and their study situation.
At Umeå University there are three different Student Unions:
There are two different types of student associations:
For some of the student associations you need a student union membership to participate and for some you may need a membership to the specific association. Membership to a student association costs around 100-300 SEK per year.
If you havent found what you are looking for the city of Umeå has it's own directory with over 600 different associations to participate in.
The student unions represents the students at the university, for example in different boards and groups. Their goal is to enhance the quality of education for the students, to create a better study environment and to make your leisure time more fun.
There are three student unions at Umeå University:
We recommend that you become a member of the student union which is associated with your programme/course:
If you are unsure which union to choose, please contact one of the student unions and they will help you.
The University Board makes a decision every third year regarding which student organisations can obtain the status of a Student Union.
No, it is voluntary to be a member of a student union but there are many benefits of being a member.
Registration (Swedish: Inskrivning) takes place at the start of the academic term. You can register online or you can register by visiting the student unions' offices. More information about how to register can be found on the student unions' websites.
No, you don’t need a Swedish identity number to be a member. If you are having issues with registering, please visit your student union’s office.
Yes, you can be a member of more than one Student Union.
The cost depends on which student union you choose but somewhere around 200-300 SEK for a semester.
A membership in a Student Union benefits you in several different ways. You get discounts through the Student Card, for example:
Being engaged in a Student Union can also be a valuable qualification when applying for a job in the future.
You can register whenever you want to but we recommend that you register as soon as possible to be able to take part in the student union's activities.
Yes, you need a Student Union membership card to enter all the student pubs except Origo.
Examples of social activities:
Both domestic and international students are members of the student unions and participate in the pubs and activities.
The Buddy Programme is organised by the university together with volunteering students. The goal is to make our new international students feel welcome in Umeå and introduced to the city. This is achieved by social activities, learn about Swedish culture and help to get to know the surroundings.
The student unions are free-standing from the University and represents the students at the university, for example in different boards and groups. The unions also arrange social activities but they are typically directed at all the student union's members and not specifically at international students.
More information about the Buddy Programme.