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Around Uppsala: Ultuna

The first day I visited our campus Ultuna, I fell in love with it. I remember it well, biking down along Fyrisån river through fields and forest and finally finding myself surrounded by houses again. Beautiful old houses. But when biking a little further I stumbled upon impressive modern buildings. I don’t always like modern, but these were in their own way quite pretty. That first day I walked into Ulls hus – the main building – I noted the light, the space, the amazing use of wood and the funky furniture immediately. Talking to the receptionist I learned that this building had been taken into use just now, it had been finished over summer.

Colourful patch of flowers in front of VHC last spring. In the background you see
part of the Biocentrum (left), Ulls hus (right) and a bus approaching.

Not only Ulls hus is ‘new in town’. Recently Ultuna campus has grown a lot as a result of moving several departments and studies within SLU towards Uppsala. Other really stunning education buildings are the Biocentre and the MVM. One of the buildings I visit often as an animal science student is the ‘Veterinärmedicinskt och husdjursvetenskapligt centrum’, which everybody simply calls VHC. This building is not education and research only, it is directly connected with the university animal hospital. In practice this means that some days after class we walk straight into the veterinary clinic without leaving the building. However the passing through doors is strictly regulated so you’d better not forget your electronic keycard or you might find yourself waiting for a long time in front of some closed doors – I am telling you that from my own experience, ahum.

The last rays of sunlight reflecting on the windows of the illuminated Biocentre,
photo was taken yesterday.

Yes, Ultuna campus is definitely worth a visit. Whether you’re a student or not, there is a lot to see. There are some nice parks and there is a historical walk as the area used to be a Viking settlement in earlier times. If you’re into architecture make sure to visit during the opening hours so you can see the buildings from the inside as well. Curious already? Check out this article I found about the amazing woodwork within Ulls hus. Ultuna campus is easily accessible by public transport, but there are also excellent biking trails.

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The Welcoming Weeks

At the start of the semester the Ultuna Student Union organizes activities for the new students to get to know each other. There are activities in Swedish for the new bachelor students and a (partly) separate programme for the exchange and master students in English. As I enjoyed these activities a lot last year I was really happy to help out organizing them this year and took part in one of the organizing committees. It can be difficult to move to a place where you don’t know anyone and I think during these activities a lot of new friendships are made.

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Outdoors crazy dance class, we were really lucky with the weather!

The programme consists off a wide range of activities. A few formal moments, but mainly lots of bbqs, picnics and games to just enjoy an easy afternoon after a day full of classes. Besides that there are more special activities to get to know Uppsala and the campus better, such as a historical tour and visit to the nations. And then there are more ‘active’ days with a dance class to learn some funny, crazy dance and a hike into the forest. I think the forest hike is my favourite part, even though we seem to get lost every year! In general everything is pretty laid-back and very gezellig – a Dutch expression I wish I could translate, but unfortunately cosy does not really cover it.

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Forest hike, afterwards we had a bbq in the middle of the forest of Håga

It was really great to be part of the activities once more this year – from ‘the other side’ – but I was not too sad when it had finally finished. You’d be surprised to see how much time goes into preparing all of it and the weeks themselves are extremely fun, but also exhausting. However it was absolutely worth it and I don’t doubt that there will be enough enthusiastic students this year to take over next year 🙂