Interested in studying in Turku?
Applying, accommodation and other practicalities
Living in Finland and Turku
- This is Finland
- Visit Finland
- Lonely Planet
- Turku on Wikivoyage
- Move to Turku
- Life in Finland: a short introduction to Finnish culture and society.
- University of Turku’s information for admitted students answers general questions concerning living, studying, or working in Turku for all international and exchange students coming to study in Turku.
Planning to move
Infopankki.fi provides vital information to people planning to move to Finland and to immigrants already living in the country. Infopankki offers information in twelve languages:
Expat Finland is a guidebook to moving, living and working in Finland:
The Finnish Immigration Service provides extensive info on visas, residence permits and other immigration issues:
As most services in Finland are used and accessed online, you will need online banking credentials to log into them. In this manner, Finland is different compared to most other countries. You will need online banking credentials for paying bills, buying train/bus tickets and opening a mobile phone/internet connection etc.
Once you arrive in Finland and want to use your mobile phone inexpensively, it is best to purchase a prepaid mobile subscription. Prepaid sim cards can always be purchased from an operator’s store, located in the city center and several shopping malls. R-Kioski kiosks also sell prepaid sim cards.
- ESN Finland has a partnership with local operator (DNA). Exchange students get free sim cards. Read more HERE or ask for more from your ESN: ESN Uni Turku, ESN-IAC, ESN Åbo Akademi
Finland has few supermarket chains and they are easy to recognize. Because distances are quite short, even hypermarkets are somewhat close by and always accessible by bus. In Turku, you will find most of your daily foodstuffs from these places. Opening hours in Finland vary from one store and chain to another. Commonly supermarkets are open between 7am and 11pm depending on their location and size – smaller supermarkets are usually open till 11pm, while hypermarkets close at 9pm. K-Citymarket Kupittaa is open 24/7.
- Prisma, S-Market, Sale and Alepa
- K-Citymarket, K-Kauppa
Restaurants, Cafes & Bars
On public holidays shops often have shorter/limited opening hours, the universities and UAS are closed, and public transportation follows the timetables for Sundays.
- University Almanac office's list of public holidays and festivities
Further information on the celebration on Finnish festivities (this is Finland)
- Finnish online
- Finnishcourses.fi course search service informs about Finnish and Swedish language courses in Turku, Helsinki and Tampere regions.
- Suomipassi - Finnish language passport encourages Finnish language learners to use Finnish in daily situations and to support them in the early stages of their Finnish language learning.