Trondheim — the students’ choice

Photo: NTNU Info./ Gorm KallestadWith one in six Trondheim residents a university student, Trondheim can’t help but be a hoppin’ town. Whether your idea of a lively nightlife is a piano bar or a lighted ski trail – Trondheim has it all.

It’s no wonder that Norwegian students regularly vote Trondheim as the country’s top student town.

Trondheim as a festival town

NTNU students arrange not one, but two tradition-rich biannual festivals that draw student visitors from around Norway and the globe.

UKA is a week-long music and cultural festival, organized by nearly 2000 student volunteers who do everything from sell tickets to book acts for the numerous venues around town. UKA began in 1917 as a modest fundraiser to support the city’s student society, housed in the round red Studentersamfundet building downtown. In the more than 90 years since, it has grown to become Norway’s largest music festival, typically attracting about 50,000 participants.

Illustrasjonsbilde/FOTOMuse, the Pussycat Dolls, Wyclef Jean, Travis, The Dandy Warhols, Tom McRae, the Cardigans and 50 Cent have all performed for UKA festivals. But big names aren’t everything: the heart of the festival is its annual theatre revue, written and performed by students. Other cultural happenings, from art exhibits to children’s theatre shows, fill out an action-packed week that you won’t want to miss.

International networking

ISFIT, the International Student Festival in Trondheim, is organized around a student-selected theme that addresses issues of global significance. Keynote speakers have included Nobel laureates, world leaders and other international power brokers. ISFIT is a more intimate gathering than UKA, typically attracting about 500 participants, but students come from all corners of the globe to discuss the world’s problems and possible solutions. It’s a profound experience, thought-provoking and energizing, and a chance to build international connections.

The great outdoors

The Norwegian landscape is dominated by its mountains and coastline – perfect for people who love the outdoors, whether your passion is the mountains or the sea. Trondheim, right in the middle of central Norway, gives you good access to both the lofty heights of Jotunheimen National Park or the islands and intricacies of the mid-Norwegian coast.

You don’t need to travel far to enjoy the outdoors, however: Trondheim city maintains Bymarka and Estenstadmarka, public forests with kilometers of hiking and groomed ski trails, some of which are lighted in the winter. NTNUI, the university’s student sports association also offers training facilities at the Dragvoll and Gløshaugen campuses, as well as 23 cozy mountain cabins available for student member use.