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Aurora - the bright and quiet room

Aurora is the students’ bright and quiet room for rest and recovery. The room is for bachelor's master's and doctoral level students at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå (SLU).

What is Aurora?

Aurora is a completely white room, with daylight lighting. The effects of daylight lamps have not yet been scientifically proven, however some people experience that they become more alert and their circadian rhythm improves by simply sitting in the room. Try it out yourself and see how you respond!

Here, you can sit or lie down and rest, read a book, or listen to music. There are yoga mats and floor cushions available in the room.

Useful to know before visiting Aurora

  • Aurora is not meant to be a place for studying.
  • Eating or drinking in Aurora is not allowed.
  • The use of mobile phones or computers in the lounge is also not allowed. If you have a computer or mobile phone with you, ensure that it is set to silent.
  • Please be considerate of others, and keep in mind that Aurora is meant to be a calm place to be.
  • Tidy up after yourself, take care of the equipment and other things in the lounge; what you have borrowed, place it back in its proper place.
  • Cleaning of the room is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays around 13:00 – however, you don't have to leave the lounge while it is being cleaned.

How to find and gain access into Aurora

Aurora is located in Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Sciences Building), enter at Hörsalstorget 6, level 1.

If you need to use a lift, you can enter the building via one of the main entrances (for example at Lindellhallen) and then take the lift outside Café Tornet to level 1.

Aurora is open Monday-Friday, 7:30-17:30 during term time. There is no need to book a time.

As a student at Umeå University, you can gain entry with your UmU card.

Students at SLU in Umeå will need a "visitor's card" in order to be able to enter Aurora. Go to Husservice in the Samhällsvetarhuset (Social Sciences Building) and the staff there will arrange a visitor's card for you. Bring your ID card and explain that you are a student at SLU.

Lighting and effects

The daylight lighting in Aurora is not the same as the natural daylight outdoors. Philips Master TLS HE 35W/865 lamps are used in the room.

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