Welcome to study in Tampere!

Students in Tampere definitely make their presence felt! According to several national surveys, Tampere is the most popular city to live and study in Finland. Tampere is also a lively city with plenty of choices for freetime activities. Get to know your city's services from a student's perspective.

Four young people look at an exhibition at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Vapriikki.
Person sliding a ramp with skateboard at Hiedanranta and others waiting their turn.
Two young people with ice coffees sitting at Keskustori Summer Park restaurants.

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For new students

Congratulations on your acceptance! Get to know Tampere and your new friends, for example at student events. See tips on starting your studies and student life.

Studying in Tampere

Want to learn Finnish? 

Here you can find a list of websites where you can search for courses and places for studying Finnish in the Tampere city region: Learning Finnish - International House Tampere.


We strongly advise you to start looking for housing before you arrive in Finland, preferably the moment you have accepted your study place here. You can choose to rent from either private housing or student housing. There are two student housing organisations in Tampere TOAS (for all ages) and POAS (only for students under 30 years old). As the waiting lists can be long, it is good to start contacting them several months before your arrival.

If you need a van for moving around furniture, you can rent a van from the student union if you are a member. If you are not a member yet, you can ask for help from Facebook online groups, such as Tampere Foreigners. Alternatively, there are companies which rent vans of different sizes by the hour or day.


Students who are studying in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme in Tampere are eligible for the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). The FSHS offers university students health services, as well as mental and well-being support. You will have to present proof that you are a student, either with your enrolment certificate or with the Trey or Tamko Student Card (see Student Unions above).

Exchange students, PhD students and students in vocational upper secondary schools or general upper secondary schools need to rely on the public healthcare services provided by the wellbeing services county of Pirkanmaa.

Main image of the page: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere