In Valkeakoski there are two student apartment buildings available. Their apartments are administered by Valkeakosken Asunnot Oy (Ltd).
To be eligible for the student apartments, you need to fill out an online application, which you can find here. You will also be requested to show your study certificate or your acceptance letter
It is also possible to fill in a paper-form application, although it might take longer.
Please note that apartments do not usually have furniture, lamps, washing machine or internet connection. Electricity and water bills are paid separately in most cases.
You get a 30 % student discount on basic tickets when travelling on long-distance trains, as well as on 10 and 30 journey multi-tickets. You are also entitled to a 50 % student discount when travelling on commuter trains in commuter train services area on single tickets and on 10 journey multi-tickets.
More information: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/students_new
For single trips exceeding 60 kilometres, Matkahuolto grants a 50% discount for normal adult tickets. For shorter trips, the discount is smaller. The tickets are always cheaper when purchased online in advance. There is also a five-trip travel card available for students, that entitles the card holder for five travel times in the specified route. To receive the student discount, you must a full-time student at a Finnish institution, and have a student ID with Matkahuolto stamp on it. Alternatively, you can get a Matkahuolto and VR student ID from any bus terminal.
More information: https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/
Valkeakosken Liikenne is Valkeakoski’s own company of charter buses, which will drive you anywhere around the town. Valkeakosken Liikenne also has connections to nearby cities, for which you will get similar student discounts, as you would with Matkahuolto.
Valkeakoski has its own public library, which is open to everyone and provide free Internet access, information service and both printed and digital newspapers. They loan books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, sound recordings, videos and DVDs.
HAMK students are also entitled to all materials available in HAMK’s library, which can be found on campus grounds.
In Finland, the meals for students are state supported, and thus healthy, nutritious, and very affordable.
With a student card or meal subsidy card, you can buy affordable food in HAMK’s student restaurants and cafes. The price per meal is €2.60 if you show your student card to the cashier.
It is also possible to see the weekly menu online.
In Finland, the health care of students is organised by Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, in Finnish: Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö, YTHS). The FSHS services are available for all students studying on Bachelor’s or Master’s level at universities and have paid their student union membership fee to a student union that is affiliated with the FSHS. Those studying for a Licentiate of Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine degree are also entitled to use the FSHS’s services. The health services are not available for Doctoral students, so if you are admitted to Doctoral level studies, please contact your university for advice and options on local health care.
If you are studying at a university of applied sciences (UAS), the health care services are usually provided through municipal health care providers. You can find more information on your health care arrangements from your UAS directly.
Please note that even when your student status makes you eligible to access the student health care services, this does not replace the need for a valid insurance.
You can find more information from FSHS website: http://www.yths.fi/en/
Or directly from your own UAS or university.
Valkeakoski is a small, but beautiful, town. It is very rich in trees, which makes it wonderful during the wintertime to see the white layers of snow. What’s even better is that in winter all the lakes freeze, and the ice is thick enough to play hockey on it, or ice skate. Many Finns also like to do cross-country skiing on the frozen lakes.
However, when the lakes and rivers are not frozen and still flowing, it is possible to take boat cruises, which will take you to several spots, even to nearby cities, if you’d prefer to take a boat instead of a bus.
Watch the video below to see what Valkeakoski looks like from above!