University of Helsinki
Housing application is included in the on-line Application Form for Exchange Students (available on www.helsinki.fi/exchange) (ASC students can apply for housing as exchange students)
Student dormitories and Student Residence Halls.
Dormitories: flats with 3-8 rooms (every student has a single room) with shared kitchen and bath.
Residence Halls: One-room studio-type flats with kitchen and bath.
Housing application deadline(s)
May 15th, for autumn semester or academic year
November 1st, for spring semester
Cost estimates per month (in EURO)
Total Living costs: 700 – 1000 €/month (including housing, meals, transportation, books)
Housing costs are about 400 €/month
Registration fee: approximatively 100 € per academic year.
Comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed
The University of Helsinki does not take insurance policies for the students.
If you are admitted as a student to the University of Helsinki and do not intend to immigrate to Finland on a permanent basis, you should purchase an insurance in your country of permanent residence.
The insurance should cover you at least in a case of an accident and sickness. As a temporary resident in Finland you will receive treatment in hospital in case of emergency, but you will have to cover the expenses yourself. Please contact your local insurance companies for further details on insurances.
Citizens of EU/EEA Countries
Citizens of EU/EEA countries are entitled to use the public medical services on the same basis as Finnish citizens. All European citizens should make sure they have acquired a European Health Insurance Card, which simplifies the procedure for receiving any medical assistance that might become necessary during a temporary stay in another country. More information about European Health Insurance Card
Citizens of Nordic countries
Citizens of Nordic countries do not need the European Health Insurance Card, the ID-card or passport is enough.
Citizens of Third countries
Citizens of third countries arriving in Finland for the purpose of studying are required to have health insurance, if the period of study lasts for more than three months. The requirement is the same for degree-seeking and exchange students.
The type of health insurance policy depends on the duration of studies in Finland, which, in turn, affects the right to domicile in Finland.
- A) Third-country nationals studying in Finland for less than two years. A student who enters Finland to study for less than two years is not usually granted the right to domicile, i.e. a home municipality in Finland, and therefore is not entitled to municipal health care services. Consequently, the student must have private insurance which covers costs of medical treatment up to 100 000 euros.
- B) Third-country nationals studying in Finland for at least two years
A student who enters Finland to study for at least two years is usually granted the right to domicile, i.e. a home municipality in Finland and is therefore entitled to municipal health care services. Consequently, the student must have private insurance which covers costs of medical treatment up to 30 000 euros (primarily costs of medicines).
More information on website Information for new student
More information on the Residence permit on website of Finnish Immigration Service.
Health facilities at the university
Student health care by Finnish Student Health Care Centre. Please note this health care functions during weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm, and it is not an insurance.
Local ASC coordinator
Prof. Sirkka Liisa Maunu
General website of the university
Web site of the international office/information web site for incoming students
Information for new students
Academic year August 1 – 31 July
Courses are held:
Autumn/fall semester :
End of August – December 31,
Spring semester : mid-January – May 31,
Please note, that the University of Helsinki arranges teaching in periodical teaching system.
No special examination period. The students can take faculty exams every month.
Orientation session(s) for incoming students
Check the exact dates from www.helsinki.fi/orientation
Course registration deadline(s)
Varies from course to course