Universities in Finland offer international students one of the best education not only when considered in Europe, but also in the world. Compared to English speaking countries, the costs are low as well. Affordability is one for the many USP of universities in Finland. Moreover, considering the high standards of living in Finland, the living costs are not that high, as well. Without further ado, let’s find out what living in Finland can cost for an international student.


Cost of Study in Finland:

University education is free for Finnish and EU/EEA students in Finland. Students coming from non-EU countries need to pay the tuition fees. International English taught courses at universities in Finland start as low as 1500 euros a year and can go up to 16000 euros a year. Courses like an MBA would have a higher tuition fee, closing to 25000 euros a year. Here are average tuition fees for universities in Finland:


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Universities in Finland

Average Tuition Fees


Tampere University



University of Oulu



University of Helsinki



Aalto University



Cost of Living in Finland:

As we have mentioned, Finland is one of the affordable countries in Europe for international students. From food to health-care and transportation, students are offered discounts everywhere. The student union at many universities take care of the reduced price in meals and many other things. Coming to the costs, Helsinki, being the capital and the most populous city, is likely to be expensive. In any country, the metropolitans are going to be expensive, and the costs of living go down as you move away from the urban areas.

Keep in mind that you may have to pay a certain student union fee if you are studying at one of the traditional universities in Finland. In universities of applied sciences, the union fees are not mandatory. A student union fee would be around 100 euros for one academic year.



The best and most affordable accommodation one can find in Finland would be the residence halls for students at the universities. They will also save you transportation costs. However, only 32% of all students can be accommodated in these halls, and the rest are bound to stay off-campus. Most of the international students who are studying in Finland and staying off-campus choose to stay in shared apartments which is the most cost-saving option after residence halls.

For accommodation, an unshared apartment will cost you 400 to 500 euros a month easily, and therefore, a shared apartment. This may bring your cost down to 350 to 400 euros a month, depending on the accommodation. Residence halls are likely to cost you 380 euros a month, on average. 


Cost of Food:

Food expenses for international students in Finland will vary largely with the change in location. Also, lifestyle choices make food costs go up or down. Eating out a lot can drain your wallets faster.

Monthly groceries from a local supermarket in Finland can cost you 200 to 250 euros a month on average. A one-time meal at an average restaurant can cost you anywhere between 10 to 15 euros. A decent restaurant and a dinner for two will take that price to 60 euros a meal.



The best way to save transportation costs is to stay near your University in Finland. If not at residence halls on-campus, you may succeed in finding a nearby off-campus accommodation. In fact, more than 25% of students prefer to walk to their universities on a daily basis.

If you have to take a mode of transportation to your university, a monthly pass will cost you around 35 to 50 euros. Private and rental taxis can take your transportation costs as high as 230-250 euros a week.