Sports and Leisure Activities

JAMKO's Leisure Activities for students

Student Union JAMKO offers versatile leisure-time activities and peer support during your studies. You will get to know your fellow students while attending various events, which include anything from sports events to relaxed alcohol-free evenings and large student celebrations. With JAMKO, you will have the chance to experience winter wonderland in Lapland or travel abroad to Saint Petersburg, for example.

You can relax on Main Campus during the day in the student lounge JAMKO Café and enjoy a cup of coffee, play boardgames, challenge someone on the game console or play billiards. Student union members can exercise for free in the gym maintained by JAMKO on Main Campus. JAMKO also organises well-being events for students and works in close cooperation with Academic Sports.

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Academic Sports of Jyväskylä

The Academic Sports of Jyväskylä offers sports services to higher education students and staff in the Jyväskylä region. You can choose from 60 group fitness classes, from 40 different ball game sessions weekly and from various versatile sports events. Additionally you can use gyms. A paid sports sticker is your access to the services! All information can be found at

Academic Sport website

Services in Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä offers a wide variety of leisure and sport activities to suit many tastes, for example: libraries, cinemas, theatres, concerts, museums, art exhibitions or association activities. The Culture section of the City of Jyväskylä website contains comprehensive information on cultural events, and with the help of its indexes on culture you can find the cultural services that interest you.

The Adult Education Centre of the Jyväskylä Region and Jyvälä kansalaisopisto (Jyvälä Education Centre) provide hobby courses.

In the swimming and recreation centre AaltoAlvari, in addition to water sports, you can do aerobics or use the gym. Kuokkalan Graniitti provides opportunities for ball games, aerobics, athletics, and shooting. You can also practise athletics in Hipposhalli and play ice hockey in the ice stadium beside it. Monitoimitalo offers versatile opportunities for e.g. ball games.

In Jyväskylä, exercise services are also provided by the private sports and exercise centres Hutunki in Vaajakoski and Buugi (Finnish website) at Killeri.

As well as indoor sports facilities, Jyväskylä has many sports parks and outdoor recreation areas, where you can play football and basketball, skate, ski, and play bandy. The Laajis outdoor resort in Laajavuori is a popular location for outdoor sports in Jyväskylä. There are attractions such as an adventure park, a ski centre and a spa in the area.

There are hundreds of kilometres of paths for hiking and jogging in the Jyväskylä Region, some of which are lit. You can see the outdoor recreation routes on the map of Jyväskylä. The parks of the city and ’rantaraitti’ (the bicycle and pedestrian route surrounding Lake Jyväsjärvi) are excellent places to enjoy outdoor life. In addition, the region offers ideal opportunities for golf, downhill skiing, bowling, go-kart racing, and riding. As Jyväskylä is situated by Lake Päijänne, it has good waterborne connections and opportunities to practise water sports, such as ice-hole swimming, fishing, and paddling. In the summertime, the Tuomiojärvi beach is a popular spot for swimming and games. You can have a game of beach volley near the well-maintained beaches of the area.

The Jyväskylä Region is an area of seven attractive municipalities, offering tourists a wide variety of things to see and experience.

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Sports and Leisure in Saarijärvi

Saarijärvi provides opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, among other things. The surrounding areas provide further opportunities for outdoor activities.

Information on events, culture and other leisure activities in Saarijärvi is available on the website of the Saarijärvi region.

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Combining Sports and Education

It is easy to combine top-level sports and study at JAMK. We cooperate with Jyväskylä Sports Academy and jointly develop flexible ways for this purpose.

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