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Health and wellbeing

Sport and recreation

Being active, through sports or a creative pursuit, can help improve your sense of well-being. Think of the saying ‘mens sana in corpore sano’, which translates to ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’. So what kinds of options does the UvA offer in this area?


The University Sports Centre (USC) has all manner of athletic activities on offer. Visit the USC website to see your choices.

Read more about the sporting opportunities and the sports associations at the UvA in the A-Z list, under ‘Sport and fitness’:

Sport and fitness


There are also plenty of opportunities for you if you enjoy creative activities. CREA, the UvA and AUAS's cultural organisation, organises courses and workshops on music, theatre, dance, film, digital media, photography and literature. In addition, the organisation produces many performances, concerts, events and exhibitions each year. CREA also lets studio space for theatre, music and dance.

Student associations

A student association is the way to get to know students from all kinds of different programmes. There are associations that focus on sport or culture but there are also special associations for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students.

See more information on student associations

Contemplation room

Do you need a moment for yourself? Then search for one of the contemplation rooms.

Contemplation rooms

Weight lifting