Social activities and leisure time

The city of Jyväskylä offers various free time activities. See the current 
events in the Jyväskylä region:

Also the university and the student union have their own event calendars:

Places to visit in Jyväskylä

Please see the Visit Jyväskylä website for information on museums and galleries, restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs.

Ask for a student discount in the museums and galleries! Free admission on Fridays to the Jyväskylä Art Museum, Craft Museum of Finland, Museum of Central Finland, Alvar Aalto Museum and Natural History Museum of Central Finland.


Music education

Orchestras and choirs


The variety of theatre performances on offer in the Jyväskylä region is impressive. In addition to the Municipal Theatre, more than a dozen of amateur drama companies serves audiences of all ages. There are, for example, the following theatres:

The student prices in theatres vary. Do not hesitate to ask for a discount and always take your student card with you. For information on current programmes, see the local newspapers.


Films in Finland are shown in their original language with Finnish and Swedish subtitles. A cinema ticket costs around 9 - 13 euros. You will find the weekly programme in the local newspaper.

  • Fantasia, is located in the Jyväskeskus Shopping Centre at Kauppakatu 29-31
  • There is also a small movie theatre Kampus Kino on the main campus in the Student Union Building (Keskussairaalantie 2). 

Erasmus Student Network

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) arranges a variety of free time activities and trips for international students (not only Erasmus students). To find out more about their activities, please visit the ESN Jyväskylä's website or  ESN Facebook group.

Subject associations

Subject associations are for students who share a particular subject as a major. The associations organize various free time activities ranging from cultural events to parties and sports events. The following subject association websites have some translated content in English; Emile (Education and adult education), Fokus (social and public policy, sociology and social work), Guberna (MA programme in Cultural Policy), Magna Carta (English students), Nefa (Ethnology), Otsoni (Environmental sciences and technologies), Pedago (Primary school teachers), Sporticus (Sports students), and Tosine (History students).

Church and religious life

  • The majority of Finns are Lutherans. The Evangelical Lutheran Jyväskylä Parish consists of nine areal congregations and has altogether 17 churches in Jyväskylä. The main Church is Taulumäki Church (Lohikoskentie 2), in which Finnish Sunday Services are held every Sunday at 6 pm. Jyväskylä Town Church is located in the Church Park at Kauppakatu and has its Finnish Services every Sunday at 10 am.
  • Sunday Services in English are held in the Old Vicarage (Vapaudenkatu 26) every second Sunday at 5 pm. If you would like to get more information on the activities of the congregation, please see the website of Jyväskylä Parish Multicultural Work or join the "Christian Fellowship in Jyväskylä" group on Facebook.
  • The Orthodox Church of Resurrection is situated at Rajakatu 39, next to the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences.
  • There is a multi-faith prayer room in building I on the main campus. This room is open to anyone and is meant to be used for silent meditation or prayer.

Other churches:

  • Saint Olaf's Roman Catholic Church, Yrjönkatu 36
  • Mormon Church (Myöhempien aikojen pyhien Jeesuksen Kristuksen kirkko), Sammonkatu 9, tel. (+358) 014 615 274 (not on weekdays)
  • Free Church (Vapaaseurakunta), Puutarhakatu 16
  • Adventist Church (Adventtikirkko), Ilmarisenkatu 18
  • Pentecostal Church (Helluntaiseurakunta), Lyseonkatu 3
  • Jyväskylä City Church (Jyväskylän Cityseurakunta), Kauppakatu 1
  • Islamic Community of Central Finland, Jyväskylä Mosque, Vaasankatu 4 a

Students' religious groups:


Jyväskylä has two libraries with extensive collections in Finnish and other languages, University Main Library and City Library. In addition, some museums have literature in their own fields. You can use your student card as a library card in the University Main Library. In order to borrow books from the City Library, you need to apply for a library card (bring your ID).


Sports and exercise opportunities at the University of Jyväskylä are almost limitless ranging from wall climbing, spinning and snowboarding to the more traditional skiing, aerobics, yoga and various ball games. See more on the University Sports website.