First-Year Student's Guide » Leisure


The point about being at a University—as opposed to secondary education—is to allow for a cultural as well as academic education that will lead to a well-rounded personality. So, besides work, being a student allows you (easier) access to various forms of extracurricular activities to counter routine, learn new skills, and hone your talents. Below we offer some suggestions:

A. Free visits to the various University Museums of:

  • Archaeology and History of Art
  • Geology and Paleontology
  • Natural History at Arsakeion
  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Criminology
  • Medicine

B. Participation (free or with a comparatively very small fee) in the various groups, clubs and classes organized at the University Club(15 Ippocratous and Academias street, tel. 210 3688220), such as the:

  • Music Club (4th floor). Offers music, choir and orchestra lessons, as well as organizing concerts
  • Foreign Language Learning Centre—Didaskaleio Xenon Glosson (7 and 15 Ippocratous street and at the Zografou campus, right next to the School of Philosophy). Choose among 18 different modern languages.
  • POFPA Student Culture Club, which includes the following:
  • Theatre Club (seminars, events, plays)
  • Dance Club (folk culture, traditional dances)
  • Film Club: (production, theory and praxis of filmmaking, shows)
  • Photography Club (theory and practice of photography)

C. Visiting the University Gym (inside the university campus, 1st stop after the main gate terminal, near the Ilissia campus gate and the Student Dorms—tel. 210 7707207, 210 7275552, 210 7275549). The Gym offers both indoors and outdoors activities, such as:

  • Aerobics and Fitness
  • Chess
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis and ping-pong
  • Karate
  • Fencing
  • Shooting
  • Dancing (traditional)
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Skiing
  • Golf
  • Windsurfing
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Air Balloon Riding
  • Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Yachting
  • Deep Diving
  • Horse Riding

D. Taking free Computer Lessons at our Faculty’s Self-Access Learning Centre in the School of Philosophy. It also offers tech support and computer use.

E. Taking part in the various excursions, festivals and trips organized by various student groups or agencies. However, be aware: the University does not monitor those trips, so choose carefully in order to avoid disappointments! More information on such events can be found also on, a site on student life.

F. Joining the various European student/youth networks such as AEGEE, AIESEC, SAFIA. For information, check the Geniki Grammateia Neas Genias (European program “Neolaia”) and the Office of European Programs at our University.

G. Touring Europe at greatly reduced prices with the International Student Identity Card. For information, see, and

H. Joining a Non-Governmental Organization or volunteering your services in various social programs for young adults. Besides WWF, Greenpeace, Unicef, Aktouros, Silva or the Red Cross, there are the student Blood Donor organizations of Aimopetalio and Floga that are truly worth your while! There are also programs for “alternative” vacation plans, such as protecting endangered marine species, working with cultural organizations to sustain traditional communities, etc.