Sports and Recreation
You can join virtually any hobby in Turku. There are numerous clubs, sports halls, gyms, group exercise opportunities and sports facilities available for reservation, and the student prices are reasonable. Everything is close by, including nature. Extensive and interesting hiking routes, national parks, jogging and cycling tracks and the world’s most beautiful archipelago are all within the students’ reach.
The joint sports service of Turku’s universities, CampusSport, offers Turku’s university students:
- Five gyms with facilities for doing lifting, functional training and general weight training.
- Over 100 hours of sports instruction a week, offering something for everyone from burlesque to karate.
- Over 30 hours’ worth of slots available for reservation at the ball game hall, welcoming all regardless of their skills level.
- More than 15 different courses, where you can learn things like partner dances or the kettlebell technique.
These services are available for the students for an annual CampusSport fee. The members also get benefits and discounts at other sports facilities.
Sports facilities and clubs
- The City of Turku has many sports facilities, ranging from outdoor swimming pools to ball game halls. These sports facilities can be used by all the city’s residents. Remember to take advantage of student discounts!
- Turku’s student unions organise all sorts of sports activities for students. Read more at the student unions’ websites.
In Turku, the jogging tracks, parks and other outdoor exercise opportunities are never far away, even in the city centre. Particular favourites among Turku’s students are:
- Kupittaa Park, which is the biggest, oldest and the most extensive city park in Finland and is located near the campuses. This park, also known as Turku’s Central Park, offers countless options on spending your free time.
- The Sports Park, located right at the heart of the city, is a favourite among many joggers
- Other parks in Turku
- Beaches in Turku
- Cultural exercise routes
Turku and its surrounding areas offer fantastic hiking opportunities, history and the most beautiful nature, catering for every taste. You can explore local nature by using the cultural exercise routes or looking for geocaches.
- Fitness trails
- Marked routes
- The City of Turku’s outdoor recreation islands
- retkipaikka.fi (in Finnish): Local natural wonders in Southwest Finland
The region of Southwest Finland has four national parks. You can reach the hiking routes in Kurjenrahka National Park, for example, from the centre of Turku in less than an hour. And the park is accessible with public transport. Pack a lunch and go exploring! More information on the services and routes at the national parks and how to reach them can be found at the luontoon.fi website: