Helsinki is the best student city in Finland

Students in a student event in Helsinki

Congratulations Helsinki – the best student city in Finland! Helsinki is in first place in every parameter of the study. 

Helsinki is the magnificent capital of Finland, located by the sea and Helsinki offers the big city feeling on a Finnish scale! The city also has high-quality public transport (metro, commuter trains, bus and tram lines) and, of course, ten universities!

Helsinki has the most study places, internships and a lively student life. However, living in Helsinki is relatively expensive, although there are many student apartments. According to the study, the most valued universities in Finland can be found in Helsinki.

Facts about Helsinki:

👥 Population:  658 864 (2021)

🎓 Number of universities: 10

🗝️ Average rent of a student apartment: 14,45 € / m2 (HOAS)

🚲 The 1952 Summer Olympics were in Helsinki.

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Helsinki offers a lot of opportunities after studies

Helsinki provides a wide range of career opportunities. According to our study, there are the most internships for university students in Helsinki. A high amount of vacancies guarantees employment during or after your studies

There are 10 different universities in Helsinki. Thus, the opportunities for postgraduate studies for YAMK or master's studies are also good. Of course, you can also apply for training elsewhere in Finland.

Student housing in Helsinki

There are several providers of student housing in Helsinki. Probably the best known of these is HOAS, which has a total of 6 449 student apartments in the Helsinki area. Apartments can be found in small studios up to shared flats and large family homes. The average price per square metre in Helsinki's student housing is 14,45 €  / m2 (HOAS).

A rental apartment can also be found from the private markets. There are many rental apartments available in Helsinki, but the rental level is quite high. In a popular area, a studio apartment’s rent can be over 1000 euros per month, so student housing is often a much cheaper option.

Student life in Helsinki

The Finnish capital offers a lot of different experiences for students. According to our study, Helsinki has the largest number of student organisations. One of the most famous and popular student events in Helsinki is probably May Day. Helsinginkadun Appro is also a well-known student event.

Many students from all over the world come to Helsinki to study. International students have a great community. Student organisations in Helsinki offer activities and events for international students to get to know Helsinki better and connect with the locals.

According to our study, Helsinki has the best public transport connections in Finland. Metro and tram lines easily transport students to different campuses. Students get discounts from HSL’s tickets.

Universities in Helsinki:


Aalto University

Diakonia University of Applied Sciences

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

University of Helsinki

Humak University of Applied Sciences

Maanpuolustuskorkeakoulu National Defence University

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Hanken School of Economics

University of the Arts Helsinki

Arcada University of Applied Sciences

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