Arcada will be using a fee structure that varies based on the semester. The tuition listed is the average for all the semesters. The first three semesters cost 3,000 euro/semester (0–74 ECTS credits), then the fee becomes 2,400 euro/semester (75–134 ECTS credits) and finally 1,800 euro/semester (135– ECTS credits). After the ninth semester when studying a degree program consisting of 210 ECTS credits and the tenth semester for degree programs consisting of 240 ECTS credits, the fee rises to 3,000 euro/semester. There are no separate fees for the summer semesters.
The Arcada campus, built in 2004, is quite unique in Helsinki as it is a complete campus, with the university of applied sciences, student housing, and the student union house close by. The campus is perfectly situated, combining its own personal milieu with excellent transportation to the city center and onwards.
You can reach the city center in 20 minutes by bus or tram, and the closest metro stop isn’t far away either. Next to the student housing is a shopping mall, which offers everything you need in your daily life, and the surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for leisure activities. There are great opportunities to exercise and do sports at Arcada. As a student, you can gain access to Arcada Hall.
HOAS is the student housing provider in Helsinki. Housing is not guaranteed, but priority is given to international students. Rent ranges from 241–554 euros per month and is usually around 300 euros a month. A few tips from students:
1. Apply early. As soon as you are accepted,
2. Be sure to check the box on the application saying that you would not have a place to live without housing.
3. Request housing for a couple of months sooner than you need it (which evidently makes it more likely that you will receive it when you do need it).
The students I met with reported feeling very safe in Helsinki. I experienced the same. It was dark much of the time I was there, and I never felt uncomfortable walking around by myself. The students joked that a drunk person on the street is more likely to sing to you than harass you. The drinking/singing combination is evidenced by the popularity of karaoke as well as sitz parties. Sitz parties sometimes include a seated meal but always include singing—and often even songbooks! Then there are the coveralls...
Each school in Finland is assigned a color for coveralls. Students wear them to parties and decorate their coveralls with the patches they get from different events (a bit like a girl scout sash). I have to admit, I don't think it's the best look, but the students are super enthusiastic about this tradition.