Living in Turku

The University of Turku wants to contribute to its' international researchers' accompanying family settling-in well in Finland and Turku. In this site you can find ideas on what to do in order to develop a social network in Turku. For instance, volunteer work and language courses are good ways to get new contacts.

International Staff Services is available for information requests also for Utuinternationals' spouses and family members. Please contact us at iss(at)

Learning Finnish

Adult Education Centre of the City of Turku
The Adult Education Centre of the City of Turku offers Finnish language courses from beginner's to advanced levels.

Luuppi - The Loupe
Language teaching in Luuppi is arranged so that students can advance from the beginner´s level to the intermediate level and further on to the advanced level courses. Luuppi also organises The National Certificates of Language Proficiency (Yleinen kielitutkinto) in Finnish, Swedish and English in the basic and intermediate level.

The Summer University of Turku
The Summer University of Turku organises Finnish language courses for foreigners throughout the year enabling students to study the whole year without a pause. The course selection includes courses suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced students.

Turun iltalukio - Upper Secondary School for Adults
Turun iltalukio offers Upper Secondary Education for Adults. Finnish for Foreiger's courses are targeted for those who are not offered these language courses by any otehr organisation.

Getting new acquaintances and friends

Friendship Programme
Are you interested in getting to know more about the Finnish way of life? The Friendship Programme is organised by the higher education institutions in Turku.

Science Café
Science Cafes are English-language science-oriented public discussion events organized by UTU theoretical phycisists. The talks are designed to be suitable for audiences of any background. Each Cafe event is based around an expert of a particular field explaining the subject of their research or an interesting phenomenon in an engaging and thought-provoking, yet easily understandable way.

Expat Turku Network
The Network welcomes all foreigners with a higher education degree living in Turku and willing to integrate among the Turku community.  Afterworks will be organised every first Tuesday of each month and various activities will be organised such as company visits, cultural events, leisure activities, etc. In addition, extra activities will be organised either in collaboration with other organisations or by the Network at different times. The Expat Turku Network partners are the Universities in Turku, the World Trade Center Turku and the Turku Chamber of Commerce.

Turun kansainvälinen klubi - Turku International Club
Turku International Club is a meeting place for people from different backgrounds. The Club gives an opportunity for intercultural interaction and communication as well as learning from each other. The informal get-togethers are open for everyone.
The gatherings offer a forum to practice your Finnish, to meet and get to know new people and friends. The Club gives an opportunity to organize different kinds of multicultural events, trips to surrounding neighborhoods as well as smaller gatherings. The activities are organized according to the participants’ wishes and interests. What would you like to do? You are warmly welcome to join the club!

Sondip - The Union of Multicultural Associations in South-West Finland
The union aims to promote the visibility of multicultural associations and to increase cooperation and interaction between different actors. Currently Sondip has 19 member associations


Mobile Apps

Nappi Naapuri (only in Finnish)

Meet your neighbours! Offer/Ask help from your neighbours or post an open invitation for a cup of tea. Any connecting activity is encouraged between neigbours in this community with the motive to bring people together.

Meetup - Meet up with people who share your passion.

Meetup helps you to find like-minded people in your area with whom you can get to together to practice a hobby or just hang out.


Hangout is an app by Couchsurfing. It offers you to find locals and current visitors in the city with whom you can organize meetups and common activities. 

My Mobile Tutor

This service is designed to help you as a student of University of Turku toMyMobileTutor_sovelluskuva.png 1) get to know your home city and university, 2) create and attend various events and 3) find places. All the content has been created by fellow students and is based on real recommendations rather than paid advertising.

The Events section gives you a possibility to see and create events visible for other students. Events can be sorted by interests and time, and the locations of the events can be found on the map. Explore all the functions, organize parties, game-nights or weekend-trips, and dare to participate and get to know your fellow students from different faculties! Remember, that meeting people with different backgrounds is what makes university life unforgettable.

Leisure time activities in Turku
Actual events, exhibitions, happenings....

Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library provides its customers with a wide and varied collection of library material in both printed and electronic form. The collections are complemented by the various exhibitions and events. There is also a news area. All services are free of charge!

VIMMA - Art and Activities in the Heart of the City
The Vimma - art and activity centre for youth offers culture and concerts, things to do and events to attend.
Paasikivi Opisto is a comprehensive community college and vocational school, which offers basic courses on society, communications, media and art and prepares students for further studies, working life and active membership in society. It also grants a certificate of qualification as a media assistant in audiovisual communication. Teaching language is Finnish.
The Adult Education Centre of the City of Turku offers recreational studies for adults, i.e. languages, IT, handicrafts, painting, music, dancing...
Finnish universities organise Open University courses for all; you can take part regardless of your age, educational aims or previous schooling. The course database includes information about the courses.
The City of Turku maintains over 200 sports and exercise facilities. The above web-site includes information on alternatives both winter and summer, locations, and reservation systems if needed. Services are mostly free of charge.

Avoimet Ovet - The International Center of Turku
All kinds of recreation and free-time activities in Turku, everyone is welcome to join


For nature-lovers

Ruissalo island is a popular recreation area located in Turku, west from the harbour. It is best characterised by the rich cultural heritage of its old fields, 19th century villas, and oak forests. In Ruissalo there is also a Golf Club, and a Spa.

Kuhankuono recreational area, stretching to several municipalities, also offers several nature trails and fantastic hiking routes. The Kuhankuono hiking routeset is situated in the vast forest areas approx. 35 km north of Turku city centre. Kuhankuono is worth a visit! 

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
FANC has about 180 local member associations, the one in Turku is Turun luonnonsuojeluyhdistys ry.  These associations are voluntary based, and organise happenings and educational activities for nature conservation.

For Kids

Sports Wonderland for Kids
The Sports Wonderland is an activity for children aged 1 - 12 offered by the City of Turku. It offers varied opportunities for sporty games, free of charge! The operating principle is the following: present will be supervisors but no instruction, children should have an adult with them.

Hop Lop is a fun adventure park for the smallest in the family.

Mehukatti Lastenmaailma is also a fun park for children.

Spa Caribia welcomes families for a spa, and is located conveniently close the University campus.  Super Park Turku is located in the same address with spa - fun and activities for the whole family!

Children's University

The Children’s University organises science lectures and science workshops in the spring and science camps in the summer. The science lectures has university experts presenting their research to schoolchildren aged from 7 to 10. At the end of the lectures, the children have a chance to ask the researchers some questions.

In the summer camps, children get to be "scientists" and conduct hands-on experiments. The themes of the camps range from physics to robotics, astronomy, biology and history. The age of participants varies between 10 and 15 years, depending on the camp.

The registration for both lectures and camps takes place in March. Please note that the lectures and most of the camps are held in Finnish. The Camp of Natural Sciences and History  11.–15.6.2018 will be bilingual (in Finnish and English).



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