Getting to Finland
Getting to Finland by flight is convenient as there is an abundance of connections. You can also cross the border to Finland from neighbouring countries by land with regular busses and trains. Baltic ferries run from i.e. Sweden, Estonia, and Germany to Helsinki, Turku, and Hanko.
Clothing and personal items
Remember to bring clothes appropriate for different seasons. Winters in Finland can be quite cold and it is good to be prepared with warm sweaters, jackets, boots, scarves, and gloves. Autumn and spring can be somewhat windy, so it is advised to bring windproof clothing. Summers are mild.
What you need to bring depends on the accommodation. Find out how the room/apartment is equipped in advance.
Electricity: 230V 50Hz
Electric plug details: European plug (Europlug) with two circular metal pins
Study in Finland
The Finnish National Agency for Education informs about the Finnish education system, higher education institutions, Finnish culture, grants and scholarships, and has many useful links.
This is Finland
Published by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On this site you may find information about education and research, a guide to Finnish customs and manners and information on the Finnish way of life, travel information, and a virtual newsroom.
Finland's Public Services
Published by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. This is a portal for Finland's public service sector services and related information, for instance, about services for foreigners.
Residence in Finland
The Finnish Immigration Service informs about entry permits to Finland and application procedures.
Social security and healthcare
The Social Insurance Institution
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA) has information about benefits for students, parents, and families, and sickness allowance, among other things.
Health services for students
The Finnish Student Health Service offers basic healthcare services to all Bachelor's and Master's degree students, including exchange students (for instance Erasmus, Sokrates or Nord Plus students) who have paid the student union fee. Please note that PhD students are not covered by these services as of 1.8.2009.
Ace Group & Marsh Belgium offer affordable insurance options for international students coming to Finland for their studies.
Accommodation in Helsinki
The Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS) offers student housing services in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
Accommodation in Vaasa
The Student Housing Foundation in Vaasa (VOAS) offers student accommodation in Vaasa.
To encourage student-to-student rentals, Hanken has joined HousingAnywhere, which is a platform where outgoing students can place their housing offers in a secure way to find international students looking for accommodation.
On the map below we have indicated some important locations in Helsinki and Vaasa. The map allows you to zoom in and move around.