Karlstad - the student city
Karlstad has enjoyed the reputation of being a friendly and hospitable city for a long time. With the proverbial sun and an expanding and innovative university, Karlstad now ranks as one of the best student cities in Sweden.
Every tenth person in Karlstad is a university student. You can tell. In a short time Karlstad has transformed from an ordinary city into a student city offering a wide range of culture, entertainment, sports and shopping. Students say that it is a very relaxed place to be a student in. A small city with the attractions of a big city.
The City of Karlstad likes its students. Just as the University, Karlstad wants to grow and advance into the future. This is why it is important for the city to take good care of the young people who come here to study. The autumn semester starts with a welcome party for all new students. The City of Karlstad and the University invite new students to an evening with dancing and good concerts for free.
Karlstad is an acknowledged sports city, hosting a broad range of national-level sporting events, the WRC rally Sweden, and not least elite ice hockey league.
The biggest arena is named after a famous coffee brand from Karlstad: Löfbergs Arena
There is always some sporting event to watch and always many opportunities to do a variety of sports. On Campus there is a brand new sports centre offering all students opportunities to engage in sports. There are also enrolled elite sports students at Karlstad University.
Shopping and entertainment
Karlstad can offer a variety of shopping, restaurants, and cultural and musical events. There are many shops in the city centre and also a multi-shopping area at Bergvik where IKEA is located and easily reached with non-stop buses from Campus. In relation to the number of inhabitants, Karlstad is a top-ranking city in number of restaurants and bars. There are nightclubs with famous live-artist performances and small clubs, pubs, and restaurants with different profiles and menus.
Public transportation runs smoothly in Karlstad. There are buses every ten minutes between the centre and campus. Students get a discount on the city buses. There are also many bike and walking trails. In 20 minutes you can reach the central parts of Karlstad from the University.
Culture and arts
Karlstad is also known for its music venues. In recent years many world artists have chosen a venue in Karlstad for their concert tours to Sweden. Several nightclubs, restaurants, and cafés also arrange concerts and various live performances. There is something for everyone. The Värmland Museum is located in Karlstad and offers exhibitions and lectures.