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unipoli tampere: student life: how to survive on a student budget?


Students are expected to make their own financial arrangements to cover the fees and other costs, such as travel expenses to and from Finland and living expenses in Finland. It depends on your lifestyle how much money you will need to cover living expenses. Here are some tips on how you can make a little go a long way and enjoy your stay in Tampere!

Cost of living

The cost of living in Finland is on average comparable to the rest of Europe. For basic living expenses, students will need 650 - 800 euros per month.

Student accommodation(TOAS)

200-420 euros per month


300 euros per month. Lunch at the university restaurants costs approximately 2.5 - 3 euros per meal.

Local transportation

35 euros per month

Personal expenses

Approximately 150 euros per month

Student restaurants

All the three higher education institutions have campus restaurants where students can have lunch at an affordable price on weekdays. Kela (The Social Insurance Institution of Finland) subsidizes students' meals on campus restaurants by 1.84 euros per meal. You must present a valid student card or a meal subsidy card issued by Kela to the cashier at the campus restaurant to demonstrate that you are entitled to the discount. Lunch prices vary from around 2.5 to 3 euros per meal.

Free-time acitivies

All students are recommended to make the most of campus life. TAMK, TUT and UTA offer their students a diverse variety of sport and exercise opportunities and the prices are much lower than in commercial gyms or sports clubs in Tampere.

If you like movies and films, please note that ticket prices may vary depending on the showtime with reduced rates for off-peak screenings during the daytime and early in the afternoon. Low-cost films are usually shown in 2D instead of 3D.

Remember to always ask for a possible student discount. Several shops and restaurants Tampere offer students a discount on their services and products. Students can also get a discount on leisure activities. Stay up to date on the latest discounts by regularly visiting Opiskelijan Tampere

You can get a student discount on train fares by showing your student card when buying tickets. There are also many low-cost airlines that fly from Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to many international destinations.

Second-hand shops

If you need furniture or household utensils to your flat, you should definitely check the local flea markets (=kirpputori) and second-hand shops. Here is a list of addresses:

UFF: Hämeenkatu 9

Kirpputori Radiokirppis: Laukontori 12

Fida Lähetystori: Näsilinnankatu 21 and Tammelan puistokatu 37 (sells furniture and kitchen utensils, etc.)

Pelastusarmeija (Salvation Army): Itsenäisyydenkatu 25-27, Puutarhakatu 20 and Satakunnankatu 27 (sells furniture and kitchen utensils, etc.)

Bonus Kirppis: Itsenäisyydenkatu 13



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