Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. Its capital, Helsinki, occupies a peninsula and surrounding islands in the Baltic Sea. Helsinki is home to the 18th-century sea fortress Suomenlinna, the fashionable Design District and diverse museums. The Northern Lights can be seen from the country's Arctic Lapland province, a vast wilderness with national parks and ski resorts.
Finland is not just a country with a cold weather, known as the land of a thousand lakes or a thousand forests, or the place in the world where you can meet the real Santa Claus. Finland is actually an innovative country where you can enjoy world-class higher education. Here, you can choose from 14 universities and 24 polytechnics and if you come from an EU/EEA country, you benefit from the tuition-free programmes.
- Best Universities in the world
- Best Education System
- Higher Education Performance
- Safest Country to travel
- Happiest country
- Greenest Country in the World
- Low Tuition Fees
- 6th Best English in the world
- Ample Part-time job opportunities
- Scholarships Available for International Students
- 25 Hours Part time Work Permit during studies
- One year post-study stay Back.
- PR and citizenship options available.
Average living costs in Finnish cities
In Finland, you will need a total amount of 700 – 1100 EUR/month, depending on the area that you will live in. Helsinki is the most expensive city, while Laaperanta, Pori and Tampere are known as the most affordable student cities.
Housing is a top priority in Finland and this expense represents 44% of the total monthly costs of international students, according to a European study
Here are the average prices for accommodation in Finland:
- Student living alone: 400-500 EUR/month
- Student living with partner/child: 350-550 EUR/month
- Student living in residence halls: 380 EUR/month.
Accommodation in residence halls is a time-limited option that only 32% of the students get to earn. Out of those, 84% are satisfied with their stay, which is the highest percentage for a European country in terms of student satisfaction when it comes to housing.
Food expenses vary greatly between cities, but on average, groceries from the local supermarkets would cost you around 200-250 EUR/month. You can save money by shopping from discount supermarkets such as Lidl, Sale, Alepa and K-Market and if you choose to shop in the evening, as often times, you will find discounts.
If you wish to eat out, a meal in an inexpensive restaurant cost around 11 EUR, while a three-course meal for two in an average restaurant will be around 60 EUR.
Most students (around 33%) choose to get around the city using public transport.
- A public transportation pass for students is between 35 and 50 EUR/month, depending on the city.
- 26% of students prefer to walk to their campus.
- You can also rent a car and this would cost you around 230 EUR for 5 days.
Living costs for students in Finland also include small expenses like:
- student union membership fee (when registering at the university): around 100 EUR/academic year
- social activities: around 100 EUR/month
2,900 euros per month