One of the most integral parts of student life in Uppsala is the student nations. There are thirteen student nations, each dating back to the 17th century. Only students can become a member of the nations, which are responsible for arranging activities and events specifically for students.
Though each nation varies in size and character, they each provide a space for students to meet, socialise and enjoy life outside of the classroom. Most nations have a café, pub and restaurant, and popular nation activities include club nights, formal dinners, balls and musical events. As a member, you can also join a wide array of personal interest groups and sporting clubs.
Each nation is named after a specific region in Sweden, and traditionally students joined the nation representing the region they were from. Today however, students can join the nation of their choice. Please note, it is important that you keep the receipt you receive when you pay your student nation and/or union fee, as this is a part of your student identification. A plastic ID card will be sent to you at a later date.
Along with the student unions, the nations help to organise welcome activities for new students. During Orientation Week you will receive information about each of the nations. This will help you to decide which nation to join. During your time as a student you are likely to attend formal dinners and balls at the nations, so it might be a good idea to bring a suit or an elegant dress.
As an international student you are free to choose which nation you want to join. Please note that the receipt you receive when you pay the nation fee must be kept, since it is a part of your student ID; a plastic card will be received later.
What's happening at the student nations?
Food, pubs, activities - Uppsala's nation life is boundless. Take a look at the Nation Guide, 'Nationsguiden', and see what's going on at the student nations.