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Study in Finland: Housing & Living Costs

Learn more about the housing and living costs in Finland.

Nov 18, 2019
Birds-eye view of Helsinki

The Nordic countries are generally considered costly compared to other cheaper European destinations, but you will find there are plenty of benefits and discounts to be had as a student living in Finland.

When studying abroad, it’s important to plan your budget carefully and consider living expenses, what kind of accommodation you’ll have, how much travelling you plan to do and whether you will try and find part-time work. Check out our best tips and tricks to find housing as a student abroad!

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Here are some average living costs in Finland:

Cinema Ticket€14
Monthly Rent€700-€2000
Monthly Transport€54

There are two types of accommodation in Finland: student or private housing. Renting privately can become expensive, especially in the main cities. 

👀 Read more: SOA (Finnish Student Housing Ltd)

Fortunately, student housing is very accessible and staying at a university dormitory or student residence hall is an option in many institutions in Finland, so make sure to contact your university about their housing opportunities.

Monthly living expenses for students (including food, accommodation, travel, insurance, etc.) are on average around €700 - €1,000, depending on where you’ll be living and your personal habits, and are typically higher in larger cities than in smaller ones.

Fortunately, your student residence permit will allow you to work for up to 25 hours per week. Most Finnish universities provide career services for international students —they're available to lend a hand during your job search, whether you're looking for a student job or a full-time position for after you graduate.

Looking for accommodation?

Housing portals like can help you find accommodation in Helsinki and other cities within Finland.


Finland is known as one of Europe’s most modern, most innovative countries, and its educational system is world-renowned!

Education System

Want to learn about how higher education works in Finland? A popular destination for international students given its high-quality public and private education and fascinating Nordic culture, take a minute to dive into Finland’s higher education system!

Student Visas

Do you need a visa to study in Finland? Learn everything you need to know about the student residence permit process and the exact documents you need to enter and study the country.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Finland may vary. While European students can study for free, international students are expected to pay tuition fees in Finland. But there are plenty of scholarship opportunities available to help fund your study abroad journey. Read more here!

Language & Culture

One of the Nordic countries, Finland’s culture is rooted in it’s stark and beautiful natural environment. Find out more about what it means to live in Finland as an international student!

Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a higher education institution. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Finland and what you need to apply to the institution of your choice.


Ready to look for study programs in Finland? Use our search engine to find and compare programs from top universities in Finland today!

The content of this country guide has been developed in partnership with Study in Finland.

About Study in Finland

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Study in Finland is the official starter's guide for international students interested in the opportunities Finland offers in higher education. Study in Finland is operated by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

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