Day-to-day life

To make the most of your studies at at the University of Jyväskylä, a smooth day-to-day life is essential. This page offers you information on e.g. accommodation, student tutors, cost of living, student restaurants and other services offered to students.

Accommodation

Comfortable student apartments are located within walking distance or a short bus ride away from the campus. Student housing in Jyväskylä is offered by the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation (KOAS) and Kortepohja Student Village. Remember to apply for accommodation well in advance!

Arrival

How to get to Jyväskylä? The city of Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, some 270 km north of Helsinki, and can be easily reached by plane, train or coach. Have a safe journey to Jyväskylä!

Campus safety

Finland is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world. Likewise, the campus of the University of Jyväskylä and the city of Jyväskylä provide very safe surroundings for studying and living.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Finland is around 700 € per month. You can save money by making use of the various discounts and benefits available for Bachelor's and Master's level Student Union members. Student housing in Jyväskylä is inexpensive (study-bedrooms 210-330 €/month). How much you need in the end is also a question of your personal spending habits.

Life in Finland

Finland is a country of 5.4 million inhabitants situated in Northern Europe. It is a modern welfare state with a high standard of living. Finland scores high in many country rankings, e.g. in terms of education, stability, transparency and gender equality.

Public transport, cycling and driving

You can easily get around the city of Jyväskylä by foot, bike or local transportation. When exploring other parts of Finland, take use of the students discounts which are offered on trains and long-distance coaches. If you plan to drive in Finland, make sure you familiarize yourself with the Finnish traffic regulations.

Social activities and leisure time

Your time in Jyväskylä is a great opportunity to attend various events, visit museums, take up a new hobby or perhaps take part in a range of sports activities.

Student benefits and student card

Joining the Student Union and obtaining a student card will entitle you to a wide range of services and benefits. With the student card, you can get for example health care at the Finnish Student Health Service, student-priced meals in student cafeterias and 30-50% off the price in trains and long-distance buses.

Student restaurants

There are several student restaurants on campus which offer healthy and inexpensive meals to students. The price of lunch for a Bachelor's and Master's level students is 2.60 €.

Student tutors

Each new international student will be assigned a student tutor. Their task is to acquaint new international students with campus life and to help them with practical questions related to daily life and studies in Jyväskylä.

Survival Kits

Exchange students living outside Kortepohja Student Village can borrow basic domestics items, so called Survival Kits, against a partly refundable deposit. The service is run by the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä.

Visa & residence permit

Citizens of non-EU/EEA/EFTA countries who wish to stay in Finland for more than three months must be in possession of a residence permit when entering the country. Please apply for the residence permit electronically as soon as you receive the letter of admission.