Sports and culture

Besides studying, enjoying your leisure time is also very important. For those who want to unwind after spending a long day in the library or in lectures, Utrecht offers great sports and cultural activities. 


Studenten die meedoen aan een hardloopwedstrijd op Utrecht Science Park

Utrecht offers a wide range of sports facilities, and there are more than forty student sports clubs. You will also find plenty of other general sports centres and clubs to join. At the Olympos Sports Centre, located at Utrecht Science Park, you can choose from more than thirty different sporting activities at reasonable prices. You can also hire facilities for (company) sports days and tournaments, or just put in an hours’ training between studying.

Our university has special provisions and facilities for Elite Sports Students. Make sure to register well in advance as an Elite Sports Student in order to be able to use these facilities. 


Studenten die schilderen op een wit doek.

Utrecht University's Parnassos Cultural Centre organises courses in music, dance, theatre, expression and photography. Parnassos is also home to 13 student music and theatre groups. 

Parnassos not only offers cultural facilities for students of Utrecht University, but also has a strong international character. Parnassos is home to a number of student organisations that look after the University’s foreign guests, including ESN Utrecht, the International Neighbour Group and AEGEE. Learn more about all the international student organisations here. Parnassos also accomodates scientists and students from abroad.