New to studying at a university?

A step-by-step guide to university life, for those of you who are new to it.

Bilder av: Simine Azarnoush

New to studying at a university?

By: Valgerður Lilja Björnsdóttir & Simine Azarnoush

Published 29 July 2021

You just got accepted to Malmö University, but what if you’ve never studied at a university before? Get ready to…


Find a place to live


Getting accepted to the university does not guarantee that you’ll be offered a place to stay. You’ll have to put some effort  into finding a place to live, and here’s how you do it.


Order your books

Buying course books can get pretty expensive when it’s all put together. That’s why many students buy second hand literature to make it a little easier on the wallet. If you buy your books from Campusbokhandeln you can even pick them up at Niagara.






During the first two weeks of school, there are (non-mandatory) parties, competitions and other fun things being arranged to help you break the ice, get to know your classmates and show up hungover to classes. You can read more about it here.


Get your multicard

In the beginning of your studies you get the multicard. This is your key to the university buildings but it also allows you to print, make copies and loan books from the library. Heads up: Your card has a picture of you on it and it might just be the worst picture you’ll ever take in your life. 




Studying at university can be really stressful and that’s why Studenthälsan (Student Health) is there to help. You can get counselling to work out what is bothering you along with being able to go to a nurse who can help you develop sustainable habits that aid your studying. We at SUM have also written articles about stress and studying from students point of view, which can be found here.


Study effectively


Studying comes with its complications and a student can’t be good at everything. The school offers help with some of the issues like academic writing, procrastination and if a student has a disability which makes it harder for them to study, different types of support is offered to them. 




Spending a while finding all of the buildings and lecture halls

There are seven university buildings in Malmö: 


  • Niagara (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)
  • Orkanen (Nordenskiöldsgatan 10)
  • Gäddan (Citadellsvägen 7)
  • Kranen (Östra Varvsgatan 11)
  • Universitetssjukhuset (Jan Waldenströms gata 25)
  • Tandvårdshögskolan (Carl Gustafs väg 34)
  • Forskaren (Per Albin Hanssons väg 35)


Some are easier to find than others, especially when you are not from Malmö. Once you’ve found the buildings, be prepared to struggle with finding anything in them. I’m starting my third year and there has not been a single day that I don’t get lost in Orkanen and its library. Thankfully there is a somewhat understandable map of the library as well as Mazemap that can help you find your lectures in time.


Library map

University area & buildings 1 (Universitetsholmen)

University area & buildings 2 (Sjukhusområdet)


Good luck!

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