Valkeakoski is a town of 21,000 inhabitants. The town is surrounded by lakes and lush forests. In Valkeakoski, you can do many types of sports as the facilities are vast and in good shape. Watching sports in the national level is also possible. If you’re more of a culture loving person, there’s also ethnic restaurants, movies, theater and beautiful Finnish nature for you.

If Valkeakoski isn’t enough, bigger cities are easy to reach. Tampere is reached in less than 50 minutes with a frequent bus connection. Hämeenlinna isn’t so far either, as it is reached by bus in less than an hour. Valkeakoski city center offers also good shopping facilities. There’s all the services one could need in a city; shopping mall, cafés, restaurants, library, banks, cinema, swimming hall, ice hall etc.

Even better shopping facilities are not far away. Ideapark in Lempäälä is one of the biggest malls in Finland with over 200 shops, cafés and restaurants in the same building, only 30 minutes direct bus drive away from Valkeakoski.

  • Key facts

    Population: around 21,000

    Founded: 1963

    Foreign nationals: 1,6%

    Total area: 372 km2

    Warmest month: July, +21.7C°

    Coldest month: February, -9C°

    Currency: Euro (€)

  • Geography

    Valkeakoski is located 35 kilometres south of and 150 km north of Helsinki. It belongs to the Pirkanmaa region. A big part of the town is made up of bodies of water, and it is also surrounded by it, having lake Mallasvesi in the north and lake Vanajavesi in the south.

  • Climate and weather

    Valkeakoski is located relatively south in Finland, thus the temperatures are usually not extreme. During the winter, the temperatures reach an average low of -10C°. The summer days can see an average of 20-25C°, and lows of 15C°.

  • Shopping

    Valkeakoski has two shopping centres, one of them being in the city centre. Moreover, the second largest shopping mall in Finland is located a mere drive of 20 minutes from Valkeakoski.

    There are also many supermarkets throughout Valkeakoski, where people can find all sorts of products. In case you’re looking for second-hand products, you can visit one of the many flea markets in the city centre.

  • Food and drink

    There’s a variety of dinner restaurants to choose from, when in Valkeakoski. If you’re looking for something cheaper and faster, there are also multiple fast food spots, such as Subway and Hesburger, located in the centre of the town. There’s an abundance of cozy cafes throughout the city.

    Because there are many students living in Valkeakoski, there are also many bars and pubs, where students can go to unwind after a long day of studying. HAMKO, HAMK’s Student Union, often organizes extra-curricular events for students, usually with discounted prices on drinks and entrance fees.

  • Getting around

    Valkeakoski is located in the province of Western Finland and situated 35 km from the major city of Tampere. The local buses take you to Tampere once or twice every hour and the trip takes 35-45 minutes. The Express bus route Tampere – Helsinki goes via Valkeakoski and in less than two hours you are in the capital of Finland. The nearest inland port is in the centre of Valkeakoski and the nearest seaport in Helsinki or Turku (distance from Valkeakoski 145 km). The closest airport is in Pirkkala (40 km) and the railway station in Toijala (20 km).

  • Safety

    As the rest of Finland, Valkeakoski is extremely safe.


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.



By train:

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:

By bus:

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:

Local transport

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.


Student meals

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.


Health care

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:

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!


Reasons to choose Valkeakoski

A calm, family-friendly city with affordable living costs

Enjoy the nature – Valkeakoski is surrounded by lakes and beautiful forests

One of the biggest shopping centers in Finland, Ideapark, is only 15 minutes away

Located in the Southern Finland, Valkeakoski is close to large cities like Turku, Tampere and Helsinki

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