Aurajoki Turku

Student City of Turku

The University campus is located on in the active and picturesque student city of Turku in Southwest Finland.
With a bike or on foot you can easily move from one place – and time – to another. In 1640 the first university students in Finland began their studies right here in Turku. Today, on the same campus, future innovations and technologies are developed.

Turku is the second busiest passenger travel port in Finland. From Turku, Helsinki Metropolitan Area is easily reached either by air, rail or a motorway. From Turku Airport, direct daily connections also to Stockholm, Sweden, are available.

Reasonable living costs with many housing options, full-scale public and private services, vivid cultural life and a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities by the surrounding Archipelago Sea guarantee that Turku offers the best quality of life and is a lucrative location for students as well as for skilled professionals.

According to the strategic target set by the City, by 2029 Turku will be the Northern Baltic’s most interesting city, with a strong foundation in both arts and sciences. Turku is building up unique assets – creative manufacturing industry, biotechnology, logistics expertise – through cluster conveniences and synergies.

Living expenses in Finland


Average living expenses in Finland are about €700–900 per month. You need to cover your living expenses independently.

If you come from a non-EU/ETA country, you need to prove that you have sufficient funds for living when applying for a student residence permit. You need to show that you have at least €560 per month for the duration of your studies. This is the absolute minimum required by the Finnish Immigration Service.

As a student, you can get discounts on student lunches, public transport and many cultural activities, such as museums and theatres.


Student accommodation in Turku is provided by the Student Village Foundation of Turku. You can apply for an apartment after you have received your letter of acceptance. There are apartments available in many parts of the city of Turku.

The monthly rental costs vary depending on the size and type of the apartment. Single rooms in a shared apartment are usually cheaper than single apartments. Also family apartments are available, but the costs are higher. The rental costs of the Student Village Foundation are usually a bit cheaper than on the open market.

For example, a one bedroom apartment in the Student Village area costs approximately €290–450 per month. A room in a shared apartment in the Student Village area costs approximately €250 per month.


A Big Mac hamburger at McDonalds: €4.10
A package of noodles: €0.40
A bottle of Coca Cola: €2.00 /0.5l
A one way bus ticket: €3.00
Student lunch: €2.70

Average Food Basket in Finland

Milk (regular): €0.93 /1l
Loaf of Fresh White Bread: €1.75 /500g
Rice (white): €1.96 /1kg
Eggs: €1.84 /12 pack
Local Cheese: €6.19 /1kg
Chicken Fillet: €9.86 /1kg
Minced Meat: €7.00 /1kg
Apple: €1.71 /1kg
Banana: €1.55 /1kg
Orange: €1.75 /1kg
Tomato: €3.01 /1kg
Potato: €0.92 /1kg
Onion: €1.24 /1kg
Lettuce: €1.57 /1 head


More about financial matters.

More information about living in Finland at

Finnish Immigration Service:

Turku - student life since 1640