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Student unions and associations

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.

Student unions

The student unions at Umeå University work to make sure that the students have an influence over their studies and their study situation.

What the student unions do:

  • Represent the interests of the students in university bodies and groups that has a relevance for education or the student situation
  • Help students who are experiencing difficulties in their education or their study environment
  • Provide arenas where businesses and students can network to make the transition to working life easier
  • Offer welcoming activities for new students
  • Host and run local student pubs on Campus
  • Arrange activities on Campus.

At Umeå University there are three different Student Unions: 

Student associations

There are two different types of student associations:

  • Associations that focuses on a specific interest or topic. 
    Some of these associations are a part of a student union and some are free-standing. You can find a list of some of the free-standing student associations below.
  • Associations that focuses on one or more programmes/courses. 
    These associations are a part of the student unions. For information about available associations - please contact your student union. 

The cost of being a member of a student association

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.

Find your interest

Student associations at Umeå University

  • Credo 
    Credo Umeå is a Christian student association at Umeå university, part of the national organisation Credo.
  • Humlan (Page in Swedish)
    Humlan is a non-profit association with focus on organising cultural events.
  • Snösvänget and Sparketten
    Snösvänget is a student orchestra at Umeå University. Sparketten is Snösvängets dance group.
  • Student Radio Station (Page in Swedish)
    The student radio station is run by students producing radio shows for students. You can listen to the student radio via their website or on 102,3 MHz. Some of the programmes are in English, produced by international students.
  • UPF - Umeå Association for International Affairs
    The purpose of the association is to spread knowledge and create debate about foreign affairs and global issues from a variety of opinions and perspectives.
  • Umeå Theatre Company
    Umeå Theatre Company is an international theatre group at Umeå University. UTC is a part of Umeå Student Union.
  • Student pubs
    These are run by students for students. Besides regular pub/club evenings they also arrange other events. As a student you can get involved and volunteer in one of them.

Other associations in Umeå

If you haven't found what you are looking for the city of Umeå (in Swedish) has it's own directory with over 600 different associations to participate in.


Frequently asked questions

Student unions

What is a student union?

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.

How many student unions are there at Umeå University?

There are three student unions at Umeå University:

  • Umeå studentkår (Umeå Student Union)
  • Umeå naturvetar- och teknologkår (Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology)
  • Umeå medicinska studentkår (Umeå Medical and Health Sciences Student Union).

Which student union should I choose?

We recommend that you become a member of the student union which is associated with your programme/course:

  • Umeå Student Union of Science and Technology is for students who are studying engineering, natural sciences, architecture or design.
  • Umeå Student Union is for students who are studying social sciences, humanities or education. 
  • Umeå Medical and Health Sciences Student union is for students who study medicine or health science.

If you are unsure which union to choose, please contact one of the student unions and they will help you. 

Who decides which students unions exist at Umeå University?

The University Board makes a decision every third year regarding which student organisations can obtain the status of a Student Union.


Union membership

Is it mandatory to be a member 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.

How do I become a member of a Student Union?

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.

Do I need a Swedish personal identity number to become a member of a Student Union?

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.

Can I be a member of more than one Student Union?

Yes, you can be a member of more than one Student Union.

How much does it cost to be a member in a Student Union?

The cost depends on which student union you choose but somewhere around 200-300 SEK for a semester.

What are the benefits of being a member of a student union?

A membership in a Student Union benefits you in several different ways. You get discounts through the Student Card, for example:

  • discount on gym cards at Iksu Sport
  • help with any educational issues (you can be anonymous if you like). 
  • the student magazine Vertex (will be replaced with a digital platform)
  • admission to Umeå's student pubs
  • discounts on cinema tickets

Being engaged in a Student Union can also be a valuable qualification when applying for a job in the future.

Is there a deadline for becoming a member of a Student Union?

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.


Social activities

Do I need a membership in the Student Union to enter the student pubs?

Yes, you need a Student Union membership card to enter all the student pubs except Origo.

What types of social activities do the student unions offer?

Examples of social activities:

  • ‘Sittning’ - dinner and entertainment such as singing student songs, sometimes with a dress code
  • EPP – after studies pub
  • Sports activities
  • Tournaments (for example sports tournaments).

Are there many international students active in the student unions?

Both domestic and international students are members of the student unions and participate in the pubs and activities.

What is the difference between the student union and the Buddy Programme?

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.