There is no student housing foundation in the Rauma area, but students need to search accommodation from the private markets. More information and advice is provided by your university’s/university of applied sciences’ International Secretary, who will introduce you to several available options.
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/
The local transportation in Rauma is organised by Koiviston Auto. They will accept your Matkahuolto card, and give discounts similar to Matkahuolto. You can top up your travel card at Koiviston Auto buses, but the card itself has to be purchased and activated at Matkahuolto.
Rauma has a total of five libraries and a library bus. They are all part of Satakirjastot library network, that consists of all public libraries in the Satakunta region. Your library card, that can be received free of charge, is valid in all Satakirjastot libraries, and gives you access to their online services too.
More information about the libraries in Rauma and Satakunta, as well as their services and access to their online service, can be found from https://www.satakirjastot.fi/web/arena/welcome.
In Finland, the meals for students are state supported, and thus healthy, nutritious, and very affordable.
Here you can find a list of the student restaurants catering in Rauma: https://asiointi.kela.fi/opiskelijaravintolahaku/OpruokaApplication?karttalinkki=eng08000684
More information about student meals and meal subsidies can be found from http://www.kela.fi/web/en/meal-subsidy
Cities in Finland offer a wide variety of students services from student discounts in various stores and on public transportation to student housing and affordable student meals. Read below to find out the all services offered in Rauma.
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.
The charming Old Town was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1991 as an exemplary well-maintained Nordic wooden town. There are numerous shops and stores, but the best part is to sit down to the terrace of a restaurant or bar, for a piece of cake or a cold pint of beer on a light summer evening. Remember to have a look at Kituränn, the narrowest street in Finland!
A Bronze Age burial site, Sammallahdenmäki, is the other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rauma. The site is the widest on the Gulf of Bothnia, and features 36 burial crains. There is a 1,5km long path that is suitable for hiking independently. There are also lots of information available on the site. However, guided tours are also very popular, as the guide gives you lots of insight to the area, its history, and the Bronze Age in the North.
Kuuskajaskari Fortress Island
The former military fortress island still has a strong feeling of the past. There are many interesting military relics, such as four coastal cannons, one of them still even functional! There are also two surveillance towers, many trenches, shooting ranges, and other important parts of a former fortress. The Kuuskajaskari trail introduces the geology of the island to its visitors, and the island features saunas, a restaurant, a café, and holiday apartments as well.
Church of the Holy Cross
Originally a Franciscan monastery, the 15th century building is now a Lutheran church. What makes it special are the medieval frescoes on the walls and the ceiling!
Marela and Kirsti’s House
Marela is a beautiful museum presenting the home of a ship owner in the turn of the 20th century, the golden time of seafaring in Rauma. Kirsti’s house has been accommodating sailors, bobbin lace makers, a blacksmith and a firefighter, but serves now as a museum as well.
The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity
Originally built in the 15th century as a parish church, the building got destroyed in a fire in 1640. Nowadays, the ruins are just a reminiscence of the past, but create a beautiful dramatic setting in the surrounding park.
There are old ships, such as schooner Kathrina, or galeas Ihana, that bring people out to the sea for sail. The trips vary in duration, and often include a meal. There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful archipelago and see the Baltic sea!
Rauma Lace Week
Bobbin lace making traditions have deep roots in Rauma, and lace has been made in Rauma at least from the mid 18th century forwards. The Lace Week has been an annual event in Rauma since 1971, and the lace exhibitions attract lace makers and guests from all over Finland as well as overseas.
Rauma Maritime Museum
Located in the former Rauma Maritime school, that was completed in 1900, the museum has still an authentic feeling. It exhibits the rich seafaring traditions in Rauma, not only focusing on the ships, but also explaining the lives of the sailors.
Opened as a museum in 1988, the Lönnström Home Museum is the former home of Teresia and Rafael Lönnström. It exhibits exquisitely the life of an industrialist couple. At the gallery of the home museum, is located the Lönnström Art Museum, that exhibits the Lönnström couple’s own collections, as well as changing contemporary Finnish art works.
Rauma Water Tower
The Rauma water tower offers an amazing view over the town, as well as to the archipelago and the sea. Located in the tower is also restaurant-café Torni, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat, or even dine with your friends while gazing at the amazing view!
Kiikartorni Lookout Tower
The original lookout tower served the boats in the harbour and at the sea, but was taken down in the 50s. However, a new tower was completed in 1992 by volunteers. The new tower is a duplicate of the old one, and stands 18.6 metres tall. Climb up to observe a piece of the most beautiful archipelago scenery!
Alfred Kordelin Chapel
Alfred Kordelin used to be a respected tradesman in Rauma and was given the honorary title of agricultural counsellor. The Kordelin chapel, completed in 1921, was built at the old cemetery and donated to the parish by his relatives. The grave of Alfred Kordelin and a memorial monument are located in the cellar of the chapel.
Pystökaffee, “standing coffee”, is a way to start the day like a local. A popular tradition is to buy a coffee and a doughnut from a coffee kiosk at the market place, and enjoy it standing while chatting with other people.
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