When you start your university studies in Finland, campus will become your second home. It’s the place where you will attend lectures, do your homework, meet friends, grab lunch and relax. University is usually regarded as an unforgettable moment during your lifetime, because during this stage, you will learn to become more independent from your family, especially when studying in a foreign country. As for studying in Finland, let’s find out what the campus life is like here!
There are usually several cafeterias on campus. The cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to students with various options to choose from. One options is always vegetarian, and the menu is different each day, so you will never get bored of the selection. The discounted price for students is merely 3.06 euros. Most students will eat on campus at least once per day, because it’s often more affordable than cooking at home.
Moreover, there are cafes, where students can buy some coffee, tea, snacks or fruits to eat. Many students choose a cafe as a perfect corner for studying or for group discussion.
Every campus has a library where you can find places for quiet study or group work. It also provides students with course books and material for your homework or thesis. Most often student don’t need to buy their own course books, as they can be borrowed from the library. It can either be a physical copy or an e-book. Besides, students have access to online publications that can be used for source material in your essays.
Living expenses might be high in Finland, but for students, most necessities can be surprisingly cheap, or even free! Finnish government and companies shows strong support for students by giving them discounts, and many special offers. For instance, each student is given a significant amount of money in his/her printing card. With the card, students can print, scan, or make copies of documents throughout the academic year in university’s computer labs.
If you want to take a break from studying or feel that you need a quick nap before the next class, university offers facilities also for that. Lounge areas with comfy chairs and beanbags can be found on most campuses. Since students will spend a lot of time on campus, universities in Finland want to make them as cozy as possible and create a space for students where they can relax and de-stress.
Students also have an easy access to computers, which can be found in the library or computer labs. They are well-equipped with essential software for students depending on their studies. For instance, business students can learn extra skills in graphic design with free access to Adobe Photoshop software or video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro. For engineering students, they do not have to pay extra to use AutoCAD software. Most universities also offer free access to Microsoft Office programs.
To ensure the well-being of the students, most universities offer modern facilities for training and working out. Most gyms offer basic training equipment and machines, such as treadmills, weight training tools, yoga mattresses, and so on. For a small price, you can also join the many group exercise classes organized on campus.
On campus you can find student organizations that provide help to new incoming students and organize extracurricular activities. For example, every student organization normally provides tutors, who assist newly arrived students to become familiar with the new city, new school, and new environment. Moreover, many fun activities are also organized as well, such as parties, speed dating events or trips to other cities and excursions. Normally, students tend to find upcoming events announcements through posters along the hallway, or on Facebook.
Universities offer career services to students through free workshops or courses where the students learn how to make a good CV and cover letter, and tips for job and internship hunting.