Thinking of signing up? Now’s the time!
Monday August 23 marks the beginning of the official Nation registration for this autumn. Nations will hold daily office hours when you can go and ask questions, get a feel for the place and people, and pay to register if you decide to go ahead.
You can find links to all the Nations’ homepages here as well as on Wikipedia. If you’re a new student, the student guide in your welcome package should have information as well as a map to find out where each nation is located.
If you have no idea which one to choose, ask around – every nation has its personality. Your mentors can advise if you’re part of a group. And in any case, once you’re member of one, you’re allowed in all the others (Smålands is an exception, as they decided to go independent).
Besides, if you rather wait, you’ll have some time to shop around, as you can get in to nation activities (pubs, clubs, lunches) with just your ID (passport, driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID) and acceptance letter for a few weeks. To know what is happening, go to Student Info inside the AF building or to nations themselves and ask for the ‘Lilla guiden‘ (the little guide) that usually lists the weekly schedule of who has what when. Very practical to keep in your purse or wallet. You can also check the online calendar at Studentlund.se.
But be careful to find out when this grace period ends, as nations take ID checking very seriously and will not let you in if you can’t prove you’re allowed in! (They have to be strict in order to protect their precious liquor license, which allows them to serve much cheaper alcohol than anywhere else!) However, registering earlier gets you in on some novisch (new members)-only activities throughout August and September.