Life in Skopje

The North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, is known for its warm hospitality and has made a name for itself as a city break destination. Skopje is located in the centre of the Balkans, approximately halfway between Belgrade and Athens.

Visitors can visit the city’s historic bazaar, explore the Kale fortress and take in the rugged beauty of the nearby Matka Canyon, before sampling some of Macedonia’s finest foods and beverages.

Some of the many cultural sites include:

  • The Museum of the City of Skopje – located in a former railway station that was partly destroyed in the devastating 1963 earthquake that saw around 80% of the city destroyed. The museum tells the story of Skopje, from the first recorded settlements around 3000 BC to the present day
  • The historic Stone Bridge, built on Roman foundations between 1451 and 1469
  • The Memorial House of Mother Teresa. This Albanian-born modern-day saint, Roman Catholic nun and missionary hails from Skopje, and the house she grew up in stands today as a museum in her honour
  • The National Opera and Ballet
  • Mount Vodno – you can go for a hike on one of the many well-kept trails to the top or make the ascent via a leisurely cable car ride to reach the Millennium Cross, or visit the Saint Pantelejmon monastery church which was erected by Alexis Comnenus in 1164, during the Byzantine rule of North Macedonia which came under the Comnenus dynasty

Skopje is relatively close to the many historical sites in North Macedonia, such as the city of Ohrid and lake Ohrid (one of only 28 sites that are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage that are Cultural as well as Natural sites), the ancient city of Stobi, Isa Beg Hammam, the megalithic observatory “Kokino” – an archaeo-astronomical site, and many more.

There is a diverse and exciting nightlife in Skopje, with the city center and the City Park both home to a wide choice of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs

Life at the campus