Students biking in Kalmar


Linnaeus University has campuses in both Växjö and Kalmar. Where you live often depends on at what city your programme/course is offered.

Below you will find more information about the two cities and what it is like to live in each respective city as a student.

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Living in Kalmar

In Kalmar, the university is city-integrated and most students live close to the city centre. Regardless of where you live, you have the university, the Baltic Sea, and the city centre within biking distance. Our students in Kalmar live in apartments, dorms or collective housing.

Kalmar has been appointed Student City of the Year 2023 by the Swedish National Union of Students.The city has received the award partly because it offers students an excellent living environment. What is more, the city works actively to create opportunities for students to stay in Kalmar to work when they have completed their studies.

The city of Kalmar is located on the coast, something Linnaeus University recently took advantage of by building new university buildings right by the harbour. As the harbor is located in the city centre, students can go about their daily business downtown and fill the city with the buzz of activity. Kalmar has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages – which will not go unnoticed as the majestic Kalmar Castle lies just a few hundred meters from campus. The city has been voted Sweden’s Summer city more than once, perhaps thanks to the many days of sunshine, the beaches dotted around town, and the events and concerts.

Living in Växjö

In Växjö, most students live on campus. Here you can stay in a dorm, shared accommodation, or a student apartment. Everything on campus is within five minutes’ walking distance – classrooms, the library, restaurants and pubs, student accommodation, lakes and leisure facilities. Växjö campus is full of life and energy and a natural meeting place for all students and interests.

Some students choose to live in the city centre or other parts of Växjö, where you can find apartments and shared accommodation. It is easy to bike or take a bus between the university and the city. The city centre is only a ten-minute bike ride from the university.

The name Växjö means the city of lakes, which doesn’t go unnoticed as one of the many lakes is found right next to campus. Combined with the surrounding woods, it is the perfect place for walking and jogging.