Student life

Welcome to Tampere a true student city!

The city of Tampere with its 220 000 inhabitants is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. In Tampere every sixth resident is a student which contributes to the relaxed and vibrant athmosphere of the city. Did you know that there are 8000 festivals and events in Tampere each year?

Tampere has frequently been voted the best Finnish city in terms of quality of life. All this with the beautiful lake surroundings guarantee that Tampere is your best choice.

Check also Visit Tampere Website - the offical tourist guide




Tampere Student Housing Foundation (TOAS) offers housing for international students both in the busy city centre and closer to nature within an easy reach of UTA by city bus. A free internet connection is available for all TOAS tenants.

To check the impressing selection of TOAS accommodation, please visit the TOAS website.

Due to a great amount of new students in the autumn semesters, other housing options are offered exclusively for exchange students.

Information on accommodation for students who have been granted admission to UTA is available on the pages for admitted students.

Student organizations and activities 

Participating in activities available for students helps to balance your studies and free time, not to mention to make new friends. Whether you are a sports, music or photography enthusiast or want to develop your debating skills or just want to hang out with other students, there is a countless number of activities available for you.

The activities are organized by UTA student associations, ESN FINT, Erasmus Student Network and other student organizations. UnipoliSports provides high-quality sports services for the members of the Student Union of UTA. Come and find your favorite leisure activity!

Student Union

You are warmly welcome to take part in all the Student Union of the University of Tampere's (Tamy for short) activities and make use of the benefits and services guaranteed by the membership! The purpose of Tamy is to supervise students' interests and protect their rights within the University and in society. While Tamy is both financially and administratively independent from the University, it has representatives in the University administration. Tamy provides significant services for students completely or partially funded by the Student Union, including health care.

Student Union membership is compulsory by law for all degree-seeking students at Bachelor's and Master's level at Finnish universities. For exchange and visiting students the membership is voluntary but highly recommended. Tamy's membership fee is €116 for the academic year 2018–2019. If staying just for the autumn or spring semester, the fee is reduced to half. The payment must be remitted before registration every academic year. For postgraduate (Doctoral) students, the membership is voluntary and the annual fee is €49, since membership benefits are limited for postgraduate students: they neither include health care nor discounts in public transport, and the meal prizes in university cafeterias are somewhat higher. When paying the fee, it is possible to support the development co-operation within the National Union of University Students in Finland.

The blue student card for degree students identifies you as a student and a member of Tamy and entitles you to Tamy's services and student benefits. By showing the card, you are entitled to student-priced lunches at all student restaurants in universities around Finland. Furthermore, you get significant discounts on trains, long distance buses, local traffic, and in a number of museums, theatres, concert events and shops. The Tamy card also gives you access to the Student Health Care Center's (YTHS/FSHS) services. In addition, a van on hire, legal counselling and meeting rooms are available for all members of Tamy. For international students, Tamy offers a basic kitchen Starting Kit with tableware and cutlery for rent at a reasonable price and lends out winter sports equipment.

Tamy also has different organizations and associations offering various leisure activities that can help to counterbalance your studies. All students have their own student association according to their field of study. In addition, Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organizes activities, which aim to bring international and Finnish students together. All ESN meetings are held in English, and you are more than welcome to join them. For more information, check out the ESN's web pages.

International tutors

The University appoints a tutor to every incoming international student. Student associations play an important role in recruiting volunteers. Tutors are fellow students, and the usual practice is to have a pair of tutors responsible for a group of international students. Tutors can help you locate your faculty, open a bank account or help you find your way to your residence.

To find out more about what's going on in Tampere and at the University, find @TamyTampere in social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and subscribe to the English email list called IS List. Remember also to check out Tamy’s English web-pages from time to time.

Student Union merger in 2019

In the beginning of 2019, Tamy and TTYY, the Student Union of Tampere University of Technology, will merge together. The merger will most probably have no significant effects on international students’ services. Be on track on the merger by following Tamy’s communications!

For more infomation about Tamy, contact:

Student Union of University of Tampere
Specialist, International Affairs
Yliopistonkatu 60 A, 2nd floor, 33100 Tampere
Tel: +358 50 361 2849
E-mail: international (at)

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ESN FINT, Erasmus Student Network in Tampere, which involves both Finns and international students, offers activities for international students and holds its meetings in English. The ESN local group is part of the Europe-wide Erasmus Student Network. In Tampere, ESN FINT organises various trips, events, simple hang-outs and meetings where you can get together with international and Finnish students. The ESN FINT was set up in Tampere for the benefit of all international students, including those coming from outside the Erasmus programme. Planning meetings are open for everyone to bring up their own ideas about future activities. For more information, see ESN FINT's web pages. You are warmly welcome to participate in all ESN FINT activities!

AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national / social origin.

Cost of living

The cost of living is in Finland is comparable to the rest of Northern Europe. About 700-900 per month covers rent, food, transportation as well as personal and leisure expenses. Meals at student restaurants are varied and inexpensive.
  • Student accommodation 200–500 euros
  • Food 200–300 euros
  • Local transportation 45 euros
  • Leisure and personal 150–200 euros

There are also occasional expenses such as the Student Union membership fee of 58/116 euros per semester/academic year or the costs of study material and course books. It is usually not necessary to purchase books as most of the course books are available from the University Library. Therefore, the cost of study material should remain relatively low. Depending on personal preferences (food, social life, travelling in Finland or to neighboring countries, books and other material, sports equipment, etc.) an additional 150–200 euros per month may be required as unanticipated expenses may occur to anyone.

Some typical prices in Finland:

  • Apartment rent, studio apartment: 350 - 700 € per month
  • Dinner, inexpensive restaurant: 12 - 18 €
  • Lunch, inexpensive restaurant: 7 - 12 €
  • Lunch, student restaurant: 2,60 €
  • Meal at McDonalds: 6,90 €
  • Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): 4 - 7 € (ask for student discounts!)
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): 5 - 8 €
  • Cappuccino: 3 - 3,50 €
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.5 litre bottle): 2,50 €
  • Water (0.5 litre bottle): 0,50 €
  • Loaf of bread: 1,50 €
  • One-way ticket in local bus bought on board: 3 €
  • One-way ticket in local bus with travel card (under 26 yo): 1,30 €
  • Cinema ticket: 12 €

Job opportunities

As an international talent you may offer valuable know-how, multi-cultural skills and new ways of thinking for our internationalising companies. International competence is getting increasingly important for companies in and around Tampere. They will need more international expertise in the future: knowledge of languages, cultures and intercultural competence combined with the good Finnish higher education. Large international companies offer different avenues that help you get a foot in the door, but sometimes small and medium sized companies have even more to offer.

Finding a jod is not easy and rejection happens to almost everyone, but keep trying. Keep on actively building and maintaining contacts. Let people know that you are looking for work - someone may know something useful! Show that you are motivated and enthusiastic.

Based on recent surveys and the experiences of international students, employers and the university staff, knowing Finnish does indeed increase your chances of finding a job in Finland. You do not have to be fluent to start using the language – the best way to learn is to speak some Finnish every single day!