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A day in the life of a KTH student – Lorenzo

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to take you with me to show you what a day in the life of a KTH student may look like! This will be a day in my life, but soon you will have the chance to experience a day in the life of Martyna and Raygo as well, so stay tuned and keep following our blog!

Picture of the KTH Biblioteket interior.
KTH Biblioteket – every student’s best friend!


I try to wake up at the same time every day – 8.30 am. I find this to be a good compromise between sleeping (which I love) and being productive (which I don’t love nearly as much as sleeping). Also, most of my lectures this year start at 10 am, which fits perfectly with this alarm.

The academic year in Sweden is divided into four periods (two semesters). Right now we are in the Third Period (P3) and I only have one course to follow: Computational Fluid Dynamics. Therefore, it’s time to have breakfast and head to KTH!

Picture of sunrise over a frozen lake
My morning commute to KTH includes a nice walk by the lakeside

As I have already specified in a previous post on my accommodation, I usually go to the university with the Roslagsbanan, a small train that takes me there in ten minutes – if you want to know more about Stockholm’s public transport, feel free to check this previous post on how to get around Stockholm. Once there, it’s time to head to the E-building, where I have most of my Fluid Mechanics lectures.

Picture of E building and architecture building.
The E building, on the left, and the Architecture building, on the right

Lectures in Sweden have an official length of two hours, but they have a 15-minute break and start 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time (this is called “akademisk kvart”, academic quarter). This accounts for one hour and a half of lecture on flux splitting, unstructured mesh generation and upwind schemes – a productive morning! Now, it’s time to have lunch in Nymble (the official building of KTH’s student union, THS) and head to the library to put some work in!


As I am only following this course, I have a free afternoon – which means, library time!

KTH Biblioteket is perfect for individual and group study: I usually enjoy studying in the Northern Gallery or booking a private room to group study with my friends. As I have written in this previous post on Swedish education, assignments have a huge role in my course and it’s therefore great to have some spots to study together!

Picture of a library room for group study.
One of the many bookable study rooms in the library

As dusk falls, it’s time to head to the gym. I have re-subscribed after months of stopping since I found a great deal: gyms in Sweden can be very cheap and it would be dumb to miss such a chance of becoming a not-so-lazy human being! I usually try to go in the morning, but when I have lectures I have to reschedule and I end up going before dinner. At this time the gym is a bit packed, but there’s no room for complaining or workout-skipping (or, at least, that’s what my friends tell me)!


After some sweat and tears (?), it’s time to head back to the Roslagsbanan and come back home. Can’t wait to have dinner while I enjoy a good call with my grandmother – wondering how much I ate today – and wrap up the day with a nice movie. I also love hanging out with friends in the evenings, but I try not to do it too often during the week: what would happen to my 8.30 alarm then?

Picture of architecture building in the evening.
KTH in the evening is always incredibly charming!

That is all for today’s post. It’s been a pleasure to bring you with me during my day and, if you have any further questions on life at KTH, do not hesitate to leave a comment below! Also, why don’t you check out Martyna’s post on part-time jobs and Raygo’s post on KTH accommodation? I am sure you will find them very inspiring!

See you all in the next post, have a nice week!

// Lorenzo

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