The Student Town by Mjøsa
With almost 28,000 inhabitants Gjøvik is Oppland county's most populous municipality. But compared with the country's largest cities, Gjøvik still has the small town idyll. Gjøvik is growing and has gradually become a significant student town. Besides Gjøvik University College, you find Fagskolen in Gjøvik. A total number of the students are about 3,400 students.
It is easy to be active in Gjøvik, there are a variety of different student groups and teams; skiing group, photography group, the student newspaper, film group, climbing group, volleyball team, and more. Gjøvik has something to offer everyone! On campus there's a student "house". Concert, theme parties m.m are arranged here..
Ideal for outdoor activities
Both Mjøsa and the area around the city is ideal for an active outdoor life. In addition, you will also find a great swimming facilities in the centre, Fastland. In the winter you can take advantage of a stunning cross-country skiing around town, with one of the country's best slopes. If you like alpine, telemark or snowboard, it is a short way to Hafjell and Kvitfjell. The climate is stable. When it's winter it is cold and a lot of snow and in summer it is dry and hot. The landscape around the city alternates between green pastures, waving fields, forests and hills.
Gjøvik is centrally located in the heart of Norway. It is short way to Oslo Airport, and the distance to Oslo is only 140 kilometres. Neighboring villages Lillehammer and Hamar is a half hour's drive away. Communication connections are good.
Music, theater and sports
Gjøvik has long traditions as a trade-, industry- and education center, and is characterized by an active cultural life. Music and theater are strong, and the city has an active sports environment. At the Winter Olympics in 1994 the city was in focus as the organizer of hockey games in the new "Mountain hall", Gjøvik Olympic Mountainhall. The Mountain Hall now houses both local and visiting cultural events - from ballet to rock, in addition to several international sports and cultural events.