TAMK Global Education - Studying in Finland
The contents of this page regard only the international student groups coming to Tampere through the TAMK Global Education department. The information for individual international students can be found here.
If you have any questions througout the process, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Generally, students must fund their living expenses themselves, but in some cases, this may be arranged by the students’ coordination in their country of origin. Regardless, it’s good to have the notion that for basic living expenses, students will need EUR 750–950 per month.
Cost of living per month (all the prices are estimates):
- Student accommodation 200–900 € (from shared rooms to family apartments)
- Food 200–300 €
- Local transportation 37–76 € (varies depending on the zones travelled)
- Leisure and personal 150–200 €
There are also occasional expenses such as the the costs of study material and course books. It is usually not necessary to purchase books as most of the course books are available from the University Library. Therefore, the cost of study material should remain relatively low.
Finnish Immigration Service requires sufficient means of support from students applying for residence permit. More information on the requirements is available on the Immigration Service's website.
Housing in Finland is of high quality. All houses have central heating and inside temperatures remains comfortably at +20°C even when it is -20°C outside. Triple-glazed windows and heavy doors ensure that heat stays inside, and the cold is kept outside.
Please be careful and find out in good time from your local coordinators whether you will need to find accommodation by yourself or if it will be arranged for you.
In case you need to make living arrangements by yourself, we advise you to apply for accommodation as soon as you have been admitted to studying at Tampere. Finding affordable accommodation can be difficult especially in the autumn semester so the earlier you apply, the better are your chances of getting a place to stay.
Working while studying
Working part-time while studying might be an option to finance your stay during your studies. Although it is legal to work on a study residence permit, please always confirm with your local coordination if it doesn’t go against the regulations of your programme. In most cases, studying does not exclude the possibility of taking a part-time job in the evenings, over the weekends and during holidays.
Coming to Finland can bring some challenges into your life, but you are not alone. In addition to the programme coordinators who are always ready to help you, we have a social counsellor called Mirja Onduso, who specialises in assisting international students with issues such as health care, immigration and taxation.