The get-to-it list
Finally arrived in town? Don’t just sit there, there’s stuff to be done! Here are a few suggestions and reminders, in no particular order!
1 – Find a place to live: The first concern is finding a place to stay. Most international students already made arrangement with International Housing. If not, there is AFB who owns many buildings in Lund for students – don’t forget to join Studentlund if you live in one of their flats/rooms. There are always some ads around town or on Blocket for renting a place. Worse to worse, there is a hostel or you can use CouchSurfing! Or check out the Temporary housing for exchange students group…
2 – Get a bike: Being in Lund without a bike is like being in Texas without a car. The student shop Lundaböcker sells bikes from past international students at fair prices and the best thing is you can resell it once you leave. Before buying a bike, check if everything is working, most importantly the brakes!
3 – Meet your neighbours: Knock on a different door every day and offer them food – it never fails!
4 – Participate in the arrival weeks: Some folks are working hard to organize activities to make you feel welcome in Lund so participate! It is a good way to meet people right upon your arrival. There are city tours and excursions to discover the region. There is also a fair the day after arrival day (the General Information Market) which is usually a crazy but good way to know possibilities where to get involved.
5 – Learn Swedish: Take advantages of Café Multilingua or language partner programs (like Tandem). Folkuniversitet, a sort of university open to everyone, also offers Swedish classes although it costs money.
6 – Participate in a mentor group: As an international student, you will likely be assigned to a mentor group. Those are small groups of new students mixed with older students who have the task of introducing you to Lund. If you do not hear anything about a mentor group, you can ask to be in one (check here). Or just join any group: mentor groups are not restricted as for number of members and really, everyone can join their activities. Some mentor groups are more active than others so don’t hesitate to check all the groups’ activities.
7 – Get around town: Do not only hang out around your residence! Lund has many natural sites, shopping areas, cafes and bike routes all over town for you to discover.
8 – Enjoy the nice weather while its time: Go out, BBQ with your corridor mates, go to Lomma by bike, Ven by boat and walk in Stenhuvud in the Western part of Skåne.
9 – Join a nation: Nations are the heartbeat of Lund student’s life. There are 13 nations, all with a rich history. When you are a member of one nation, you have access to the other nations’ activities. Choosing your nation can be fun: visit them all in the first weeks and then decide which one you are the most confortable in. It is often possible to volunteer at nations to help them cook or bartend. Most nations organize new student activities and will also have their own mentor groups.
10 – Know what’s going on and get involved: Many things are organized for students in Lund: comedy clubs, theatre, special events or special meals at nations… Keep yourself informed: checking the nations’ websites or StudentLund is a good start. You can also check out this article at Sweden.se for ideas and reminders to help you get settled. And don’t forget to keep reading The Dynamo! 😀