Sports on campus

The university has a number of offers to play sports socially and competitively, as well as its own gym, open for AU employees only.

Aarhus University Sports

Photo: Anders Trærup
Photo: Anders Trærup
Photo: Melissa Bach Yildirim
Photo: JAI Håndbold
Photo: Anders Trærup
Photo: Akademisk Skytteforening Aarhus

Aarhus University has its own sports association, Aarhus Universitets-Sports. The club is an umbrella organisation with 16 independent clubs offering a wide range of different sports. The organisation is open to both students and staff at Aarhus University. Aarhus University Sports offers the following sports:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Fencing
  • Fishing
  • Floorball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics and fitness
  • Handball
  • Hunting
  • Martial arts
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Volleyball

Aarhus University Sports is also responsible for the sports segment of 'Denmark's Largest Friday Bar and Sports Day', one of the most important days on the university calendar.

AU Exercise Centre

The Exercise Centre at Aarhus University is an exclusive offer for AU employees, their spouses, registered partners or cohabitating partners. The exercise centre is housed at Katrinebjergvej 89c, Aarhus and it has a wide range of modern equipment at its disposal for bodybuilding and fitness training, as well as a small café with a coffee machine, a sauna, scales and changing facilities.

The Exercise Centre has the following facilities:

  • Modern equipment for weight and fitness training
  • Sauna
  • Classes (included in the price)
  • Access to a hall to play badminton, table tennis etc.

Prior to enrolling, you are welcome to a trial lesson with an instructor and physiotherapist. You may also have a health check carried out by a physiotherapist. All this is free of charge. Our instructors have attended lessons in training principles with a view to providing excellent, qualified instruction.

Membership costs DKK 75 per month, and you can enrol by sending a completed registration form to the treasurer. A guest membership for 2-6 months costs DKK 100 per month. Guest researchers that are staying at Aarhus University for a short term stay, and do not have a CPR number, are also welcome to join.

The Exercise Centre is located at Katrinebjergvej 89 B, 8200 Aarhus N. 

For further information, see, where you can also print out the registration form.

Sports off campus

Clubs and associations play an important role in Denmark. Many Danes are members of one or more sports or recreational clubs or associations. International Community has compiled a list of sports clubs with English sites.

Aarhus Lacrosse

Aarhus Lacrosse

Aarhus Lacrosse is one of two lacrosse clubs in Denmark.
The sport is growing slowly but surely thanks to the volunteers that run the board, the training sessions and the social life of the club.

The team consists of both women and men from more than six different nations and players aged between 13 and 50 years.

Men and women practise together twice a week, both indoor and outdoor.
Every year Aarhus Lacrosse attends both national and international tournaments and games.

Canoeing, Kayaking & Rowing

Photo: Aarhus Kano- og Kajakklub
Photo: Aarhus Roklub

If you do happen to visit Den Permanente (see 'Beaches' above), you are likely to see kayaks and canoes floating by every so often - even in the winter months. These brave souls are usually a part of the Aarhus Kano- og Kajakklub which has a clubhouse near Østbanetorvet Station. The club is open for all to join, and beginner courses are offered from May to September. 

Aarhus Roklub is a 130-year-old rowing club which offers both competitive and recreational rowing.

If you are already a skilled rower and simply wish to rent equipment, you can contact Den Blå Rambla.


Photo: Crossfit Aarhus

Crossfit is a type of exercise where the values of community, teamwork and functionality play a big role. The programme is focused on functionality where the body's natural movements are at the forefront. Aarhus Crossfit is located by the harbour, and training is held outdoors in the fresh air whenever possible.


Risskov bike path

Denmark is well-known for its many cycle lanes, but cycling is not just a means of transportation to get from one place to the other. Especially during summer, cycling around the Aarhus area allows you to see some of the beautiful countryside in Jutland - and why not bring a picnic basket along and find a green spot to enjoy a break? Here are some useful resources:

  • At you can plan your route, or get inspired from one of their own established routes
  • At Visit Aarhus you can read general information about biking in Aarhus, renting a bike and going on a biking holiday

Mountain biking is also becoming more popular and the two main areas for this are Hasle Bakker ('Hasle Hills') and Marselisborg Skov ('Marselisborg Forest'). 

  • Aarhus Municipality (page in Danish) has written about the rules for mountain biking, which you should read before heading out
  • You can view the two main mountain biking routes on this interactive map (choose Mountainbikerute)


Fitness centres

There are a many fitness centres in Aarhus, with varying facilities and prices. Two of the most popular are Fitness World and Fitness DK. The centres offer free sign-up multiple times a year (for example, around January 1), so if the sign-up fee seems steep to you, make sure to keep an eye out for good deals. As well as providing access to a range of exercise equipment, fitness centres typically offer classes targeted to many different styles of exercise.


Photo: Orienteeringsklubben Pan Aarhus

Orienteeringklubben Pan Aarhus is the second largest orienteering organisation in Denmark, and makes an effort to welcome international members. It has an information page entirely in English, and once is open for people of all ages and levels of experience.

Outdoor fitness

Aarhus Kommune has set up outdoor fitness equipment in various green areas in Aarhus. You can find your nearest outdoor fitness area by using the interactive map and selecting fitnesspladser


Photo: Lise Balsby
Photo: Run for Friendship Facebook

Danes are big runners, and it is not unusual to see many out early on Sunday mornings jogging along the many marked running routes in various parts of the city. Aarhus Municipality has a map with marked routes in and around Aarhus. Tick the box for Løberuter to see routes for running.   

In addition, the Student House runs a project called Run for Friendship for runners at all levels, where you can meet Danes and internationals in both an active and social setting. The idea is to train up to the Bestseller Aarhus City Half Marathon in June, and meet up for social events throughout the year. Most of the communication with members (in Danish and English) occurs on their Facebook.


Photo: Aarhus Sejlklub
Photo: Egå Sejlklub
Photo: Kaløvig Bådelaug
Photo: Marselisborg Sejlklub
Photo: Sejlklubben Bugten

Given the abundance of water surrounding Denmark, sailing is a popular pastime with many Danes. Here are a few of the sailing clubs in Aarhus.

Aarhus Sejlklub

Egå Sejlklub

Kaløvig Bådelaug  

Marselisborg Sejlklub

Sejlklubben Bugten





Stand-Up Paddling (SUP)

Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) Aarhus is a club for members, by members. Their homebase is at Aarhus Ø, and from there members can take trips out towards Den Permanente beach or out into the waves beyond Ø-Haven. All income goes back into the club and there are no commercial interests involved. They are active on Facebook and often hold events for members.


Aarhus Svømmestadion. Photo: Aarhus Kommune
Badeanstalten Spanien. Photo: Aarhus Kommune
Lyseng Svømmebad. Photo: Aarhus Kommune
Gellerupbadet. Photo: Aarhus Kommune

Aarhus is home to a number of swimming pools where you can splash around for fun and/or fitness. Follow the links to the external website to get the most up-to-date information on facilities, opening times and prices.

Aarhus Svømmestadion offers the use of swimtags to track your lap times, water gymnastics and baby swimming.

Badeanstalten Spanien offers a wellness and workout area, as well as children's facilities and saunas.

Gellerupbadet offers senior swimming, learn-to-swim courses, women-only swimming and birthday parties.

Lyseng Svømmebad offers mermaid-swimming (a fun take on swimming and diving tricks), senior swimming, pool parties and baby swimming.


Photo: Roar Lava Paaske

Stop to smell the flowers with a walk along the beaches or through the forests around Aarhus. Dansk Vandrelaug has gathered a lot of information on paths and routes throughout Denmark, but if you're more keen on a spontaneous stroll, just head to any of the parks or forests (see 'Parks and forests' below) in Aarhus to get away from the hustle and bustle.


Yoga is prevalent in Aarhus in all its shapes and forms, so you are sure to find your favourite style. Here are a few of the yoga studios that can be found in town.

Ashtanga Yoga Shala Aarhus

Tanja Sofie Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Yoga Collective