Location, directions and practical information
Under the different headings below you can find practical information about the University and the city of Umeå, how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, and a few basic but useful facts about Sweden.
The department resides in the MIT-building which is found at the red marker on the following interactive map of the Campus.
Travel directions to Umeå University are given here.
Further practical information
Umeå is, with approximately 110 000 inhabitants, the largest city in northern Sweden. It is situated ca. 600 km north of Stockholm.
The tourist office in Umeå offers information about the Umeå region (Renmarkstorget 15, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 46 (0) 90 16 16 16, Fax 46 (0) 90 12 82 70).
Arrival and departure
Making your travel arrangements to Umeå should not cause too many difficulties, but it is wise to book flight and local accommodation early on.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian operate daily flights from Stockholm Arlanda airport (about 1 hour flight time), with prices starting at 349 SEK/€39.
At the airport you can take a taxi directly to your hotel for about 180 SEK/€19. Credit cards are normally accepted. If you arrive late, we recommend that you book a taxi in advance (Umeå Taxi, Tel. 46 (0) 90 77 00 00 or Taxi Direct, Tel. 46 (0) 90 100 100). There is also a bus from the airport that will take you downtown and to the University (Stop: Universum, price 60/40 SEK/€6.50/4.30).
Alternatively, an overnight train from Stockholm, Nattåget operated by SJ (English information) gives an opportunity to see a bit more of the Swedish landscape.
Please keep in mind that you are usually required to take your luggage through customs yourself when transiting at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm if you are not flying with SAS.
There are several hotels in different price ranges to choose from. The tourist information has a good website through which all mentioned hotels (and more) can be booked online.
Umeå University is situated approximately 2 kilometers outside the city centre (30 minutes walking) and is easily reached by bus. Busses depart roughly every 10 minutes from Vasaplan (B), which is located a 5 minutes walk (450 meters) away from Hotel Uman (A).
A single trip costs 32 SEK/€3.50, while there are discounted prices if you purchase 6 trips or more. Please note that the busses do not accept cash, only credit cards and SMS-tickets (a registered Swedish cell phone is required: send an SMS with “VB uv” to 723 22). You can also purchase tickets at the Bus Information Office located at Vasaplan close to the bus stops (B).
Bus lines number 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, and 9 all go between the city centre (Vasaplan) and the University Universum or University Hospital (close to the University). It is a good idea to ask the driver if the bus is going to the university, to make sure that the bus goes in the right direction.
Taxis cost about SEK100 (about €11) one way.
A budget meal in Umeå can cost as little as 70 SEK (about €7.60), but at most restaurants you should expect to pay from 150 SEK (about €16.30) and up. Alcoholic drinks can be expensive. Below we have listed some restaurants close to the city centre or the university, but there are also many others to choose from. Vegetarian meals are normally available at all restaurants, but please ask if in doubt. Food allergies are not unusual in Sweden, so restaurants can often cater to special diets.
Centrally located pub that serves traditional pub food and Swedish meals. English menu available. It can sometimes be difficult to find a table. Nygatan 22.
Centrally located pub that serves traditional pub food and Swedish meals. Good assortment of single malt whiskeys, ranging in the hundreds. It is sometimes difficult to find a table. Renmarkstorget 8.
Japanese restaurant located a few hundred meters from Stora Hotellet. Storgatan 43.
Restaurant, bar and nightclub with predominantly Italian food. Renmarkstorget 6.
Rex bar och grill
Bar, restaurant, and night club located in the town hall (rådhus) close to First Stora Hotellet. The restaurant serves excellent meals, but the noise from the often young crowd there in the evenings
can be intimidating. Rådhustorget.
Recommended by D. Cohen. Vasagatan 1
Chinese restaurant, close to the university. Storgatan 113.
Chinese restaurant, close to the train station. Magasingatan 17.
Indian restaurant, close to the train station. Rådhusesplanaden 17 D.
Swedish hamburger chain. Kungspassagen.
Useful facts about Sweden
Tipping in restaurants is welcome but generally not expected.
Electricity is 220V with a continental European socket.
The tap water is drinkable.
The currency is Swedish crowns (SEK). 100 SEK is approximately 10.90 EUR, 14 USD, or 8.60 GBP.
International country dialing code is 46; outgoing international calls should be prefixed by 00.
The emergency number for ambulance, fire department, and police is 112.