As a new student in Gothenburg you are invited to a fully loaded welcome programme with lots of fun activities and meeting places. Get to know your fellow students at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg and discover the best of what the city has to offer.
Many of the activities are valid on a specific date and several ones are for free. The only thing you need to remember is to bring your student ID, if nothing else is indicated. The activities take place from August until November.Click here to add the activities to your smartphone calendar.
Through systematic environmental work Student Göteborg 2015 has been awarded with an environmental diploma. Read more futher down this page.
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F-Spexet Zelda Fitzgerald
Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 August
Musical comedy theatre with audience participation, very loosely based on historical events. This year's show takes us the literary circles of 1920's Paris. A three-course dinner is served as part of the experience. The show is performed in Swedish.
When: Tuesday 25 August 18:00 and Wednesday 26 August 18:00.
Where: Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17.
Price: New students SEK 100 (others: students SEK 150, adults SEK 250). Tickets are sold during lunchtime on Teknologgården, in front of the Chalmers student union building, in the preceding week; also sold online – instructions at f-spexet.se.
Free ticket at the Göteborg City Theater
Wednesday 2 September
You are invited to a preview of the play Markurells i Wadköping. Pick up your ticket at the Göteborg City Theatre. Limited number of tickets available. Please note: the play is in Swedish.
When: Wednesday 2 September 19:00.
Where: Göteborgs City Theater, Götaplatsen.
Free ticket to the Philosophers Spex
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September
The Philosopher Spex invites you to a fresh, frenzy and face-paced autumn revue! High and low are being mixed in a wild musical and theatrical journey – a journey where laughter and joy stands out as the focus. Free entry for all new students if you bring your Student Gothenburg spork, “nollbricka” or other material that shows that you are a new student. (20 SEK for other union members and 40 SEK for non-members).
Welcome to the Philosopher spex – the most witty committee in the city since 1914.The show is performed in Swedish.
When: Thursday 3 September, 18:00. Friday 4 September, 18:00.
Where: Ling Hall, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17.
Göteborg City Challenge
Saturday 5 September
Imagine Gothenburg as a large playground. Team up during the day and go around town to solve various group tasks. Meet students from around the world and compete for fine prizes.
The event is organised by the international student association GISA.
When: Saturday 5 September, 12:00.
Where: The University of Gothenburg at Vasaplatsen.
"Fika" with Fysiken!
Wednesday 9 September
Come to Fysiken - the student gym and fitness centre, we offer you a fika while we're talking about training and the wide range of activities that we offer. Drop-in, no reservation is required.
When: Wednesday 9 September, drop-in 16:00-18:00.
Where: Fysiken, Gibraltargatan 39-41.
Free guided bike tour
Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 September
Meet new friends and see the sites on our guided bike tour. Use your own bike or borrow one of our used ones − you can buy it after the tour if you want to. It is mandatory for all participants to wear a helmet, use your own or borrow one. You will get a complimentary bicycle bag with food and drink. A limited number of places – first come first served (30 per tour)!
When: Monday 14 September, approx. 16:00-19:00 and Wednesday 16 September, approx. 16:00-19:00.
A "playful" evening at the Museum of World Culture
Thursday 17 September
Do not miss this unique evening! Vita Bergen, an indie band from Gothenburg will perform during the evening and a DJ will play great tunes. You are also offered to see the exhibition “Playground”. “Playground” is a playful exhibition about norms and the right to be one's true self. Enjoy culture, music and food/drinks in a fabulous environment while meeting friends. We treat you to a complimentary wrap and beverage. NOTE! You don’t need to sign up, but you should be there in time. We are aiming for a full house with 600 persons! More information will be available at facebook. The age limit is 18, bring your student-id.
When: Thursday 17 September 18:30−22:00.
Where: Världskulturmuseet, Södra vägen 54, stop Korsvägen.
Reduced price at Chalmersspexet BOB
Friday 18 September and Friday 2 October
Chalmersspexet BOB invites you to a humorous musical show to Russia in the year of 1910. Meet the revolutionary Lenin, the tyrannical family Romanov and many others during a night with high drama, laughter and music. The show is performed in Swedish.
When: Friday 18 September, 19:00 and Friday 2 October, 19:00.
Where: RunAn Chalmers.
Price: SEK 100 (regular price SEK 150). Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Free admission to Liseberg Amusement park
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September
The offer is valid once and for one person (value: SEK 90). Please scan the QR-code that you have received in an email together with information about Student Göteborg from your university (or bring it in paper) together with your student id. If you cannot find the code, please contact your student union. Visit liseberg.se for opening hours.
When: Saturday 19 September and Sunday 20 September.
Where: Liseberg Amusement park, Örgrytevägen 5.
Free exclusive boat tour
Monday 21 September
When: Monday 21 September, 17:00-18:00. First come, first served. 85 seats.
Learn how to dance Salsa
Wednesday 23 September
While Salsa is sweeping across the globe, now is the time to learn how to dance Salsa and at the same time meet your fellow students! You will learn the basics of one of the world's most popular couple dances. During the evening you will learn the basic steps, several fun salsa moves and to lead and follow your partner. No experience or dance partner is required. For further details please visit: salsasondag.com.
When: Wednesday 23 September 18:00-20:00.
Where: Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17.
Free admission to sharks, rainforest and technology
Monday 28 September
In Gothenburg it’s never far to tropical heat, exciting sharks and spacewalks. Welcome to Universeum − Scandinavia’s largest Science Centre.
Value SEK 170. See universeum.se for more information.
When: Monday 28 September, 10:00-18:00.
Where: Universeum, Korsvägen.
From Coaldrawing to synth at Rohsska Museum
Thursday 1 October
We will explore what happens in the meeting between picture and the sound based on the exhibition Influence, References and Imitations. An exhibition revolving around the aesthetics of Kraftwerk. We will seek inspiration from the forms, gadgets and constructivist drawings in the exhibition to then go to Studio Röhsska and create music. At Studio Röhsska we will create the coal drawing which we connect to a computer that converts the drawings to a playable musical instrument. Light refreshments will be served. For newly registered students at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. Free admission. Limited number of participants. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the gadgets we use to make music from the drawings see makey makey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfQqh7iCcOU
When: Thursday 1 October 15:30-17:00.
Where: Röhsska Museum, Vasagatan 37-39.
Beachvolley - come and play
Friday 2 October
Welcome to the world's largest indoor hall for beach volleyball. Go through a review of the rules and tactics before the popular lotturneringen starts. In Lotturneringen all players have a number and will then be randomly allocated a new team before each match. You will compete as an individual. During the tournament you are served a baguette and drink. If you feel that one game is enough, take a pause, watch and hang out with new friends. Do not miss this great opportunity to sweat while having fun! NOTE! The winners will be awarded with very nice prizes!
Beach Center is located in Kviberg, just behind Kvibergs Kaserner next to Sernekes new multiarena. Read more on how to get there.
When: Friday 2 October, 17:00-19:00.
Where: Beach Center, Krutvägen 6.
An extraordinary night at the museum
Wednesday 14 October
At the top of the main boulevard Avenyn you’ll find a world of art. On this extraordinary night the Göteborgs Konsthall (the city’s centre for contemporary art), Göteborgs konstmuseum, Göteborgs Internationella Konstbiennal (GIBCA) och Hasselblad Center have prepared a number of activities just for you. Take part in a treasure hunt or guided tour, make an artwork for yourself and be inspired by the performances and exciting happenings that will take place. You will be offered snacks and drinks while mingle with friends.
When: Wednesday 14 October, 17:00-19:00.
Where: Entrance through Göteborgs Konsthall at Götaplatsen.
Language café at the Maritime Museum & Aquarium
Wednesday 21 October
When: Wednesday 21 October. Guided tours (in English) at 16.00 and 17.00 and Language Café 18.00 – 20.00.
Where: Karl Johansgatan 1-3.
Experience dance, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani
Wednesday 11 November
Contemporary dance in The almost nearly perfect. The two female choreographers, Costanza Macras (Argentine) and Marina Mascarell (Spain) are socially driven and interested in the tension between the collective and the individual. There will be live music and spoken words in both pieces. The number of tickets is limited, collect your ticket before October 31 at the The Göteborg Opera.
When: Wednesday 11 November, 19:00.
Where: The Göteborg Opera, Christina Nilssons Gata.
Super Wednesdays at Frilagret
Each Wednesday during the autumn
The cultural centre Frilagret welcomes you to open workshops every Wednesday during the autumn. Try a new sewing technique, learn how to print in 3D or make your own T-shirt prints. Every week it’s a new theme. Keep an eye on frilagret.se. Also: don’t miss the great café where you can meet new friends or study! More info and the café's opening hours at frilagret.se.
When: Each Wednesday during the autumn.
Where: Frilagret, Heurlins plats 1.
Discount on football at Gamla Ullevi Stadium
During the autumn
Choose from the following matches: BK Häcken, Gefle IF, GIF Sundsvall.
Check the dates, time and ticket price at ifkgoteborg.se. Buy your ticket at the shop Blåvittshopen at Gamla Ullevi the day before the game at the latest. Please note: the matches may sell out.
Where: Gamla Ullevi.
Price: SEK 60 (regular price SEK 180).
A week of free training at Fysiken
During the autumn
Fysiken, the student gym and fitness centre, offers you a week of free training! You can visit the gym or group activities. See all classes and opening hours at fysiken.nu. Only one week of free training a year per 24 months.
Where: Fysiken at Kaserntorget 11 (floor 6), Gibraltargatan 39-41 and Lindholmspiren 3.
Half price on garden tours
During the autumn
Gothenburg has some of the most beautiful parks in Sweden, perfect for walks, rest and recreation. Bring your friends and explore the green lungs of the city. Gunnebo House and Gardens in Mölndal, The Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) and the Gothenburg Botanical Garden have free admission all year. As a student you get 50 % off on guided tours.
Who can attend the Student Göteborg welcome programme?
All new students who start at the University of Gothenburg or Chalmers in autumn 2015.
How do I get more information about the welcome programme?
All new international students at University of Gothenburg will get information about the welcome programme at Arrival Day or from the service center. All new international students at Chalmers will get information about the welcome programme at Arrival Day or from the student union office.
I haven’t got a “spork” the nice give away – what do I do?
If you study at University of Gothenburg: contact the service centre.
If you study at Chalmers: contact the union office.
Do I need to register for the activities?
Some of the activities require notification, but for most just show up in good time. “First come, first served”.
I’ve read on the web about the activities. Do I need a coupon?
The only thing you need to remember is to bring your student ID, if nothing else is indicated. Please read the detailed text for the activity that you are interested to attend for further information.
Student Göteborg was founded in 2006 and is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers, the student unions and the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co.
A sustainable Welcome programme
Göteborg will be a sustainable city, open to the world and the city has high sustainability ambitions. We are working to make sure that this also goes for Student Göteborg 2015. The welcome programme should be welcoming, open and inclusive, and we want to encourage sustainable travel and transport, and everyone should be able to easily get to and from an activity by public transport, bicycle or on foot.
Through systematic environmental work Student Göteborg 2015 has been awarded with an environmental diploma for implementation of measures satisfying the criteria in the Swedish Environmental Base standard requirements.
Actions taken are for example that all the refreshments that will be served are organic / eco-labeled and vegetarian options are available. We are working actively with recycling and it has been an active decision not to produce any printed material. We rent the props alternatively re-use to reduce the amount of the purchase and the amount of waste.