To do in Linköping

Photo: Krister Sune Jakobsson / EAA
Photo: Krister Sune Jakobsson / EAA

Upon arrival in Sweden, everything here might seem new and exotic. But once you’ve settled in, you might want to find something else than just having fika to do with your friends. On this page, we outline different activities, when you can do them, where and how much it will cost you. If you’re looking for something to dedicate a full day on, please see our page “To do near Linköping“.

Badminton

Where: Linköping University, Campushallen

RequiresBadminton rackets and balls

Costs40 ~ 130 SEK per court

Badminton is a great way to both exercise and have fun! Go there with your friends and work up a sweat. You can rent rackets at the reception for 20 SEK per time and buy balls, but if you plan on doing it regularly buying your own racket and ball is generally cheaper. Note that it is cheaper if you book the court online than in their reception.

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Homepage: http://www.campushallen.se/en

Bowling

Where: Various places downtown, see links below

Requires: Nothing, the store provides you with bowling shoes and balls. You should book a court in advance to be safe.

Costs: 150 ~ 300 SEK to use 1 lane for 1 hour (max 6 people on 1 lane), note that both places offers student discounts certain hours. 

Bowling is a lot of fun and if you split 2 hours of bowling on 6 people day-time it’s only around 70 SEK per person (with student discount). Note that the price difference is very big between day-time bowling (generally before 6 pm) and bowling in the evening (after 6 pm).

Citybowl: http://www.citybowl.se/pages/priser.html, phone number 013-13 45 55

Sporthallens Bowling: http://www.sporthallensbowling.se/, phone number 013-145002

Cue-sports through FRRyd

Where: Ryd, Rydsvägen 254

Requires: Borrowing a key from FRRyd and then book the billiard room online. Note that even if you book the room you can’t access it without the key.

CostsFree, but to get the key you have to leave a 100 SEK deposit.

FR Ryd provides a billiard table that anyone living in Ryd can borrow for free. It’s an great evening pass-time and lots of fun!

Homepage: http://www.frryd.se/?lang=en

Cue-sports through Studentbostäder

Where: Ryd, Alsättergatan 32

RequiresBooking the room through Studentbostäders booking system online

CostsFree, but you need to have an apartment with studentbostäder.

Studentbostäder provides a billiard table that anyone living with them can borrow for free. It’s an great evening pass-time and lots of fun!

To book the billiard room, simply log in online and book it through the booking system at their homepage. Don’t forget to collect the appropriate key at Studentbostäders office the day before you use it, or if you book it during the weekend, the Friday before!

Homepage: http://www.studentbostader.se/en

Climbing wall

Where: Ryd, Hangaren @ Rydsvägen 5

Requires: Nothing

Costs: 50~70 SEK

Climbing walls challenges both physical and mental strength. Go there with your friends and work up a sweat!

Homepage: http://www.hangaren.org

Gamla Linköping

Where: Linköping, 1 km from Ryd

RequiresNothing

Costs: Free, but they have a lots of souvenirs for sale

Gamla is Swedish for “old”, and that’s just what Gamla Linköping is. It’s the old city of Linköping preserved for hundreds of years. It’s positioned right next to the university, only a few minutes walking distance, and hosts tons of shops selling everything from hand-made wooden art to cute keychains, almost everything hand-made by the people who own the stores. During special holidays like Christmas and Easter they host special activities intended to promote Swedish culture and heritage, and often host markets with tons of stands.

Go-kart

Where: Linköping, 9 km from Ryd

RequiresNothing

Costs: Varying, but at least 120 SEK per person for 6 minutes

Go-kart is lots of fun for everyone, the only draw-back is the price. Try to beat your friends by getting the lowest lap time, or book a 5 people grand prix and see who is truly the greatest go-kart driver.

Homepage: http://www.magp.se/index.php?sida=12

Laserdome/Lasergame

Where: Linköping, 4 km from Ryd

RequiresNothing

Costs: Varying, but at least 80 SEK per person for 20 minutes

Laserdome is a game based on a battle simulator developed by the American military in the early 80s. The game is a simple war-simulator where two or three teams tries to shoot each other as many times as possible. All players are equipped with a laser-gun and a west, when hit by an enemy laser weapon one will be unable to shoot for a few seconds and the enemy player gains points. The team with the  most points at the end of the game wins. The game is played in an special made arena with lots of obstacles and dim lighting.

Homepage: http://www.laserdome-linkoping.se

Table tennis

Where: Ryd, Björnkärrsgatan 12

RequiresTable tennis rackets and balls

CostsFree

To book the table tennis room you need an account at studentbostäder. Since most Asian exchange students get their apartments through the university, you might not have an account. If that is the case, please ask a Swedish friend or someone else with an account to book it for you. Don’t forget to collect the appropriate key at Studentbostäders office!

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Homepage: http://www.studentbostader.se/en

Sauna

Where: Ryd, Björnkärrsgatan 1, 12 and 13, Rydsvägen 248 and 260, Ryds Alle 9

RequiresNothing

CostsFree

All tenants can book one of the many saunas in Ryd. There are two ways to book it.

To book one of the saunas at Björnkärrsgatan 12 or Björnkärrsgatan 13 you simply log in to their homepage online and book it electronically. The tag to your apartment will then be able to open the doors to the sauna.

To book one of the saunas at Rydsvägen 248, Rydsvägen 260, Ryds Alle 9 or Björnkärrsgatan 1 you have to go to Studentbostäders office in Ryd and book a time by writing down your name on a booking list. You can collect the key the same day, or if it’s booked during the weekend, the Friday before that weekend at their office. Their office is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Homepage: http://www.studentbostader.se/en

Map to Studentbostäders office: http://goo.gl/maps/RpqZg

Winter only

Ice-skating at the university

Where: Linköping University, Ice oval behind Campushallen

RequiresIce skates

CostsFree

In Sweden, most ice skating rinks are owned and maintained by the government and are free to use for anyone. The only catch is that they do not rent ice skates. So you need to borrow or buy a pair, though a new pair only costs around 300 SEK at cheapest. At Linköping University, there is an ice oval behind Campushallen that is open if the weather allows, which is very close and convenients. If you go downtown to Cloetta Center there is an indoor ice skating rink that is always open, regardless of weather, that you can also use for free.

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Homepage: http://www.linkoping.se/uppleva-och-gora/idrott-motion-och-bad/arenor-och-idrottsanlaggningar/-ishallar-och-isbanor/

Summer only

BBQ

Where: Ryd, various places 

RequiresSomething to throw on the grill, charcoal, matches and beer

CostsNothing

There are tons of grills placed around Ryd, use them as much as you’d like! Some might argue you don’t need beer to enjoy a BBQ, we understand that. But in Sweden, a BBQ is never complete without a few beers! This is probably one of the most common summer passtimes in Sweden, so do it a lot!

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/ORr1E

Basketball

Where: Ryd, the playground close to the forest

RequiresBasketball

CostsNothing

There is a basketball court close to the playground in Ryd. As far as we know, there is no booking system to use these, so first person there gets to use it. Note that day-time there will be lots of school kids there since it’s right next to the school.

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/dymDm

Disc golf

Where: Ryd forest

Requires: At least one frisbee per player

CostsFree

Disc-golf is a up and coming sport that mixes disc throwing with golf. You have hoops that you want your frisbee to enter, and you play on a pre-set court. For a complete court map, she Linköping Frisbee association’s homepage below. For complete rules of the game, see http://www.pdga.com/rules.

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Homepage: http://discgolf.linkopingfrisbee.se/

Volleyball

Where: Ryd

RequiresA beach volleyball

CostsFree

To book the volleyball court in Ryd you simply log in to studentbostäder’s homepage and book it online.

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Homepage: http://www.studentbostader.se/en

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/IexwO

Miniature golf

Where: Various, we list the 2 placest closest to Ryd

Requires: Nothing

Costs: 40 ~ 60 SEK per person

Miniature golf is a golf game that focuses solemnly on the putting aspect of golf. You put your way through a pre-made court and the person that needs the fewest puts total wins. A very relaxing activity that’s good for sunny days while eating an ice cream and talking. Note that the court at Ryttargården is simpler, but in return it’s positioned right next to the university (50 meters from C-building). Äventyrsgolf city’s court is more advanced, but it’s located closer to city.

Homepage Ryttargården: http://www.ryttargardskyrkan.se/ryttargarden/

Homepage Äventyrsgolf city: http://www.aventyrsgolfcity.se/linkoping

Soccer

Where: Ryd, various soccer fields

RequiresSoccer ball

CostsNothing

Throughout Ryd there are several soccer fields, these are free to use for anyone. As far as we know, there is no booking system to use these, so first person there gets to use it!

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/dymDm

Tennis

Where: Ryd, various places

RequiresTennis rackets and balls

CostsFree

To book one of the tennis courts in Ryd you need an account at studentbostäders homepage. Since most Asian exchange students get their apartments through the university, you might not have an account. If that is the case, please ask a Swedish friend or someone else with an account to book it for you.

See our page on buying things in Linköping to find out where you can buy cheap sports equipment.

Homepage: http://www.studentbostader.se/en