Slovenia is known as a green country. During your stay you can enjoy many outdoor activities. The student campus at Gosposvetska offers a unique outdoor fitness, which is free for everyone and operates in all seasons. The city center is surrounded by Mestni park (City park), where people usually socialize during summer. The city park is also the venue for several cultural activities during each year. You can do many activities there, people choose it for walking, running, football, badminton, slackline, basically everything that is possible to do in nature. It is big enough for many different groups, so you will always find a spot for yourself.
In summer, students do more outdoor sports. Near the stadium of NK Maribor (Ljudski Vrt) you can find facilities for basketball or football. If you want to play beach volleyball, you can book your place at Fontana Picnic Centre. In Maribor you can also find a spa, which offers student discounts all year round. It is called Fontana. If you decide to spend the summer in Maribor, you can also visit Mariborski otok. Mariborski otok is a swimming pool complex that offers swimming in three outdoor pools and a variety of sport activities. You can play beach volleyball, table tennis or rent rackets for badminton. The entrance fee for Mariborski otok is only 5 EUR for the whole day.
A popular place for summer walks is also Pohorje, a hill that is located on the southern part of the city. It is accessible with public transport, you can visit it by taking the bus number 6. For hiking, you should also visit Piramida, Pekrska Gorca and a hill called Sveti Urban. ESN Maribor will take you to some places but if you are curious enough, you can discover them also on your own.
There are many possibilities for winter sport activities in Maribor. As mentioned above, on the southern part of the city there is a hill called Mariborsko Pohorje. In winter time it is the biggest ski resort in Slovenia. It is accessible to everyone, beginners and experienced skiers. If you want to learn how to ski or snowboard, there is a ski/snowboard school available. Besides skiing, you can also go ice skating in Maribor. There is a hall, named Ledna dvorana where you can go ice skating from November to March.
Students can also receive discount ski tickets for some other ski resorts in Slovenia. More information about discount tickets for different sports can be found at: https://www.zdravazabava.com/
The University Sport Society of Maribor (UŠZM) offers sport activities for students. As a student you can get discounts on fitness, spa and ski tickets. You can also participate in the student league in football, volleyballa and basketball. You can simply create a team and join the competition. The winners of the competition are usually awarded with a symbolic financial award.
You can check all the activities of University Sport Society on their website: https://www.zdravazabava.com/. ESN Maribor will also inform you about the events in their Facebook/WhatsApp groups.