Badminton-bats on the gras

Free time

Cinema, pubs, Kulturarena, kayaking – Jena offers a whole range of leisure activities.
Badminton-bats on the gras
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Discover the free time activity which fits you the best

A »student life« is rarely spent just in the lecture halls, seminars, or at the library. The university city of Jena offers a multifaceted range of activities – whether sports, pub crawling, activities in nature, or those for culture enthusiasts. For insider tips on nightlife, the best spots, and green oases, please visit the Studentenparadies JenaExternal link website.

If you already know a little more about what you want to do in your free time or want to find out more about what the University has to offer, take a look at one of 80 student university groups. Whether as a campus radio editor, singing in the student choir, or taking part in a debating club — you can find almost any leisure activities and social commitment you can think of.

For sports enthusiasts

In the city of optics, sports are a top priority. You can find the ideal balance to your studies and meet new people on the Saale river, in the heights of the Kernberge hills, in Paradies Park, or at one of the countless University sports courses.

Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)
For culture enthusiasts

Jena also has a rich cultural life, too. One of the highlights among Jena’s festivals is the University’s »Sommerfest« de. At the end of June, the area around the botanical garden de becomes a place to walk and dance, to experience various musicians, and a fascinating laser show.

An overview of Jena’s art and culture scene can be found hereExternal link.

Feuerwerk zum Sommerfest
Feuerwerk zum Sommerfest
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
For lovers of the outdoors

It is not just about culture. Jena’s scenery and surroundings have a lot to offer. You can relax in Paradies Park after a long day at the university. In summer, it is ideal for jogging and barbecuing—in the middle of Jena. If you like beautiful, but very close trips, you might also visit the Botanical Garden de and Schiller’s Garden HouseExternal link.

Jena is surrounded by nature. All around there are limestone rocks, perfect for hiking and climbing. A stone’s throw away and you can be in a kayak on the Saale river, standing in the middle of the forest, or on a mountain biking at one of the Jena’s hills.

Boat trip on the Saale
Boat trip on the Saale
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)
For night revellers

Jena offers bars, pubs and clubsExternal link throughout the city for night revellers. A good place to go is Wagnergasse with a number of bars, restaurants, and venues. But there are also other places in the city where you can spend the late hours. Why not go take a discovery tour?

Jentower by night
Jentower by night
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)
For committed individuals

Being part of the initial support, you can be a mentor for international students and help them, for example, during their enrolment, while opening a bank account, or registering at the University Computer Centre. You will also accompany them to the registration office and student services organization. Mentors of the International Office also help with the time table and provide an insight into student life in Jena.

International students
International students
Image: Daniel Hofmann

Student groups


AIESEC Local Committee Jena, GermanyExternal link

AkrützelExternal link – studentisches Hochschulmagazin

"Aktiv, engagiert und motiviert"External link

Amnesty International Gruppe JenaExternal link

AMS – Marxistische Hochschulgruppe Jena

Antifaschistische Hochschulgruppe JenaExternal link

Arbeitsgruppe LehramtExternal link

Arbeitskreis kritischer Jurist*innen

Arbeitskreis Kritische Theorie der NaturwissenschaftenExternal link

Association Pomme de TerreExternal link

attac Hochschulgruppe JenaExternal link

biotechnologische Studenteninitiative e. V.External link

Campusradio JenaExternal link

CampusCouch de

cellu lart Festival Jena e. V.External link

Cradle to Cradle – Hochschulgruppe

Debattiergesellschaft Jena e. V.External link

dieLinke.SDS JenaExternal link

Elsa – Jena e. V.External link

Enactus JenaExternal link

ESN JenaExternal link

European Geography Association (EGEA)External link

Falken Jena HochschulgruppeExternal link

Förderverein der Fachschaft Wirtschaftswissenschaften der Universität Jena e. V.External link

Freimut – Diskussionsforum JenaExternal link

gbs Hochschulgruppe Jena für Säkularen HumanismusExternal link

Gemeinschaft für studentischen Austausch in Mittel- und OsteuropaExternal link

Georgischer Studentenverein an der Uni Jena – "LILEO"

GI Studierendengruppe JenaExternal link

GuT – Geduld und TheorieExternal link

Go Hochschulgruppe

Goldene Zwanziger e. V. – Agentur für KommunikationExternal link

Good Game TacticsExternal link

Greenpeace-Hochschulgruppe JenaExternal link

Gruppe OdysseusExternal link

Grüne Hochschulgruppe Jena

Hayek-Club JenaExternal link

Hiking JenaExternal link

Hochschulgruppe der DGB-StudierendenExternal link

Hochschulgruppe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen e. V.External link

Hochschulgruppe der Gewerkschaft Erziehung und WissenschaftExternal link

Hochschulgruppe für Außen- und SicherheitspolitikExternal link

Hochschulgruppe Leo-Club Jena "Zur Rose"External link

Hörsaalkino Jena e. V.External link

HSG Junge DGAP JenaExternal link

IAESTE LC JenaExternal link

idea – intercultural development & exchange activitiesExternal link


Interbrigadas JenaExternal link

Intergrün – ökologische Linke

International Students of History Association JenaExternal link

internationale marxistinnen

Int.Ro – International Room, Referat für interkulturellen AustauschExternal link

JEF Thüringen – Junge Europäische Föderalisten ThüringenExternal link

Jena Business Strategy e. V.

Jena-veganExternal link

Jenaer Internationaler Studentenkreis (JISK)

JenVision e. V.External link

Junior GBMExternal link

Juso-Hochschulgruppe JenaExternal link

Juvenile Business Society JenaExternal link

Kalmykische Hochschulgruppe

LesereiExternal link

Liberale Hochschulgruppe JenaExternal link

Market Team e. V. – Geschäftsstelle Jena

Medinetz JenaExternal link

Melton FoundationExternal link

Ökologisch-Demokratische Studierende e. V.

PACT – Projekt Assessment Center TrainingExternal link

PARA legalExternal link – studentische Rechtsberatung

Pfadfinder – Überbündische Hochschulgruppe Jena

Phi Delta Phi – Paul Johann Anselm von Feuerbach Inn an der FSU Jena

Piraten Hochschulgruppe Jena

Plurale Ökonomik JenaExternal link

Queer ParadiesExternal link – Queer Leben in Jena

Refugee Law Clinic Jena e. V.External link

Refugees WorkExternal link

Ring Christlich-Demokratischer Studenten (RCDS)External link

Rotaract Club JenaExternal link

Stipendien.Netzwerk JenaExternal link

Students For Liberty Jena

Studenteninitiative für Kinder e. V. – Ortsgruppe JenaExternal link

Studentische Fachzeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft Jena

Studieren Ohne Grenzen Deutschland e. V. – Lokalgruppe JenaExternal link

Sunfried e. V.External link

UNICEF-Hochschulgruppe JenaExternal link

unique – interkulturelles Studentenmagazin für Jena, Weimar & ErfurtExternal link

Verein der chinesischen Studierenden und Wissenschaftler/innen Jena e. V.External link

ver.di Hochschulgruppe

Vietnamese Student AssociationExternal link

World University Service in Jena (WUS-Jena)External link

Youmocracy JenaExternal link

Zugvögel JenaExternal link

Music & theatre groups
Religious groups
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