Student Life in Vaasa

The University of Vaasa community comprises over 5 000 students and every year more than 300 international students from all over the world study at the University. There are altogether some 12 000 students in Vaasa, and the available housing and leisure activity opportunities in the city are plenty.

Vaasa is known as the sunniest city of Finland and it has a truly international atmosphere - in number of foreigners per capita in Finland, Vaasa is second only after the capital area of Helsinki.



The cultural life of the city has something for everyone. The Finnish Vaasa City Theatre, the Swedish Wasa Theatre, the City Orchestra, the Vaasa Opera Company and numerous other musical groups, choirs and theatres as well as many galleries and museums ensure a bustling cultural life for Vaasa. Several pop, rock and alternative music and cultural festivals are organised in the city especially in summer time.

The University of Vaasa provides tutoring for all new international students. An International Tutor, a local fellow student, is appointed to every international student. Tutors help new students to get to know the academic environment and assist in other matters related to living in Vaasa and Finland.

Throughout the academic year tutors plan different types of activities and events for international students. These events are a great opporunity to get to know the fellow students and experience Vaasa in a unique way. The University also organises trips for international students to see other parts of Finland. For instance trips to Lapland have been memorable for many.

In addition to tutors and the University, the student union and ESN club (Erasmus Student Network) organise various activities which the international students are invited to join. As members of the local student union, international Master's degree students of the University benefit from various discounts on and off campus. These include for example subsidised meals at University restaurants and cafeterias, as well as discounts on travelling tickets, in theatres, museums and numerous stores. Master's degree students are also entitled to student health service.

The University campus is located next to the sea with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. For those who enjoy being close to nature, the Vaasa region is an excellent place for spending leisure time outdoors. The seashore offers experiences for each season from kayaking and scuba diving to ice fishing.

The city of Vaasa is very accessible. All necessary services are located near the University and most people keep on cycling throughout the year. Travel connections are comprehensive; in addition to the well connected airport, train and bus connections, cruisers cross the Gulf of Bothnia allowing travellers to reach Sweden in few hours.

The cost of living in Finland is on average comparable to the rest of Western Europe. For basic expenses such as food, rent, and transportation, a student will need 500 – 800 euros per month. The cost of living in Vaasa is the same as rest of the Finland, however apartment rents are more affordable than in the metropolitan area.

Excellent student satisfaction medal.pngBased on ratings of international students University of Vaasa won the StudyPortals Award for Excellent International Student Satisfaction 2014!

Please also visit our student pages to read more about studying and living in Finland!