Research shows that staying mobile and active contributes positively to many aspects of your life such as concentration, sleep, handling pressure, managing diet and physical health - a healthy body means a healthy mind! For a healthy work-life balance, you can choose from a wide range of sports, leisure and extra-curricular opportunities.
Utrecht and the surrounding area offer a fantastic environment in which to relax or energise. Explore the surrounding natural enviornmental in the Botanic Gardens at the Uithof, Rijnauwen and Amelisweerd. Hire a canoe, kayak or boats to explore the canals, rivers and waterways of the city and its rural outskirts, or train to the coast within an hour for beach sports such as surfing, kite-boarding, swimming and cycling the coast to get away from it all, alone or with friends. There are a number of national parks in the Netherlands, offering a glimpse into the rich natural and cultural diversity of the country, including forests, dunes, rivers, lakes and historical monuments. Be adventurous and explore the local outdoors!
Parnassos is the Cultural Centre of Utrecht University. Parnassos offers a large number of creative, informative and skill enhancing courses in music, theatre, photography, and dance, for students at very reasonable prices as well as seasonal specials. Most of these courses are in Dutch, but a considerable number of them are (optionally) in English.
There are over 150 student organisations in Utrecht, including organisations for hobbies and interests, social associations, sports clubs and orchestras. Some of them are internationally oriented – such as the Erasmus Student Network, the International Neighbour Group (ING) and AEGEE - or are associated with a certain Graduate School. In addition to social activities, they organise lectures and excursions.
Green Office Utrecht (GOU) is the platform for students and employees of Utrecht University where sustainable ideas are shaped, plans are put together and projects are launched, all with the objective of making the university more sustainable. We also raise awareness among students and staff about the sustainable achievements and ambitions of the UU. Come join the GOU community and check out their website here!
Do you love learning new things, knowing different perspectives and meeting interesting people? Studium Generale, the public platform for knowledge & reflection of Utrecht University invites you to come to our free lectures and events. We organise public events with scientists and thinkers at the interface of science and society, including lectures, talk shows and movie screenings. We pose thought-provoking questions beyond the borders of disciplines. No registration is needed, everyone is welcome and entrance is free!