Studenter vid Humanisten

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Gothenburg is a place where we deepen our understanding of the human being, her history, culture, and seek answers of how we can shape a sustainable and meaningful future. We engage in teaching and research across a broad spectrum of subjects, including language, culture, history, literature, and philosophy. This diversity of disciplines is housed under the roof of 'Humanisten.'

Our common goal within the humanities is to explore and understand the traces that humans have left behind over time. These traces can take the form of written and spoken languages, texts, artistic and cultural expressions, material objects and various worldviews. In each subject and discipline, there is an effort to better comprehend human development and analyze the thoughts, ideas, and expressions that have shaped our world.

In line with a modern and dynamic understanding of the humanities, our research and teaching also address current issues and challenges in society. This includes topics such as sustainability, artificial intelligence, digitalization, cultural heritage and communication.

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Contact information
Post address
Box 200
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6

Our Facilities

Just a stone's throw from Götaplatsen, next to Näckrosdammen and the beautiful Renströmsparken, you'll find Humanisten. We offer spacious areas with lecture halls, group rooms, study spaces, computer room and stages equipped with sound, light, and audiovisual equipment.

How to locate.

Regular Opening Hours

The main entrance of the Faculty of Humanities, Renströmsgatan 6, is open:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The entrances on Lundgrensgatan are locked.

Students, with their GU card, have access to the faculty's entrances and computer room from Monday to Saturday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Requirement: registered as a student at the University of Gothenburg and enrolled in a course within the Faculty of Humanities.

Students, with their GU card, have access to the faculty's entrances and computer room from Monday to Saturday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

On Sundays and public holidays, students do not have access to the premises.


Indoor amphitheatre

All roads lead to Trappan. At least, they do in Humanisten. This central indoor amphitheatre rises majestically inside the most recent building to be added to the University of Gothenburg, which is in fact an extension to the old Humanisten. There are padded seating areas on Trappan’s tiers where you can discuss with course buddies or listen to lectures from the stage. In addition to Trappan, there are student workstations and glass-walled group rooms.

Lecture rooms

Lecture rooms and lecture theatres

Humanisten houses lecture theatres with seating for from 100 to 220 people. There are also lecture rooms of various sizes, and also case rooms and active learning classrooms (ALC) which are equipped to cope with more technically challenging learning situations. 

Café and restaurant

You can buy hot beverages, sandwiches and snacks during the day at Café Näckrosen located on the ground floor. One floor up is Restaurang Näckrosen where you can buy lunch.


Next to Humanisten is the Humanities Library, which has books and journals in the humanities and cultural sciences. It also contains the national library for gender studies, KvinnSam, donated collections and rarities, as well as old prints, manuscripts, ephemera, and audio and video recordings.


The Faculty of Humanities has high ambitions when it comes to accessibility. Outside the main entrance at Renströmsgatan there are two handicap parking areas and a large lab-by (stopping place) for vehicles. Tactile paving leads from the lay-by to the Humanities Library and to Humanisten. Inside Humanisten there is tactile paving leading to key functions such as the building orientation map, the Service Centre, disabled toilet, and central lift shaft from which you can access all levels. All lecture rooms, group rooms, etc., are marked in Braille on the building orientation map in the main entrance.

Book a locker

As a student at the Faculty of Humanities, you can access a locker at the Humanities building to simplify your study time with us. They can be used to lock up items such as books and clothes.

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