Before arrival - preparing departure
Citizens of EU, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and San Marino need an official identity card or passport (passport strongly recommended) to enter Finland.
Non-EU/EEA citizens must have a valid passport and will need to check at a local Finnish embassy or consulate whether a visa or a residence permit for Finland is required.
The residence permits in Finland are issued by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri). We recommend you to start the application process as soon as possible. You should reserve at least two months, preferably more for the application process. Note, that you cannot arrive in Finland without the residence permit card in hand.
When you are granted a residence permit, your personal information will automatically be recorded in the Finnish Population Information System. You will be issued a Finnish personal identity code. If you cannot be registered in the Population Information System when you are issued with your residence permit (due to some local residence permit process, this is the case at least for citizens of India and Pakistan) you need to apply for the registration at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency after you have arrived in Finland (see "apply for a municiplaity of residence below").
University does not provide health insurance for foreign students. As FSHS (Finnish Student Health Services) only provides basic health care services (and does not perform medical operations or have emergency services) please make sure that you have a valid health insurance. The costs of treatment at a hospital may rise to several hundreds or even thousands of euros if you need hospital care or laboratory tests. The university is not responsible for any payments or arrangements.
Options for insurance coverage
You can search for options e.g. from Migri's website. If considering other options, remember to make sure that the insurance fulfills the necessary requirements.
Students from non- EU/EEA countries
Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries are required to have valid health insurance already at the time when applying for the residence permit for Finland. This is a compulsory requirement for obtaining residence permit for studies lasting more than three months. The same requirement applies for both degree-seeking and exchange/free-mover students. Students from Quebec, Canada are exempted from the health insurance requirement.
Health insurance must fulfill certain requirements, depending on the length of your studies in Finland.
Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland
Citizens of EU/EEA-countries are entitled to medical care while staying temporarily in another EU/EEA-country. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) serves as a proof of the entitlement. By presenting the card you can use the services of the municipal health care centres, and in case of emergency, you are entitled to the same benefits with the same costs as local residents. You should make sure you have the EHIC card with you when arriving in Finland.
It is strongly recommended to have also a private insurance as an additional security. Please note that the individual systems of the EU countries and practices surrounding the use of the EHIC card may vary.
Degree students and international joint master's students: see information about accommodation under housing.
Exchange students: see information about accommocation and housing for exchange students.
EU-citizens: European Health Insurance Card, letter of acceptance from Aalto, proof of financial means to support your studies (for example Certificate of your Erasmus grant), few passport-sized photographs, prescriptions if you are on medication and some euros (cash).
Non-EU Citizens: Proof of health insurance, letter of acceptance from Aalto, proof of financial means to support your studies, few passport-sized photographs, prescriptions if you are on medication and some euros (cash).
Before arrival - ready to take-off
From the airport to the Helsinki city centre
Offices of main student housing providers:
From Helsinki city centre to Aalto University
The campus is located in Otaniemi, Espoo. You can take the metro from the Central Railway Station or from Kamppi metro station to the campus. You can board a metro towards Tapiola or Matinkylä, they both stop at Aalto University. Get off at the Aalto University station. Please use Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) journey planner to check the connections, timetables and tickets.
Tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines at the Central Railway Station and Kamppi metro station. Mobile tickets are also available.
Note! When traveling on the metro, you must have the ticket before you enter the metro platform area after having passed the Travel Card readers. For example, if you use a mobile ticket, make sure you have received the ticket before entering the platform area.
How to travel in the Helsinki region
The public transportation system in the Helsinki region is reliable and efficient. For almost any part of the region there is a public transport connection either by bus, local train, tram or metro or by a combination of these.
In order to find the correct route in Helsinki region, please use Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) journey planner. Please type your from and to addresses as well as the time of departure or arrival into the journey planner and the service will search the best connections for your journey.
For single tickets you can upload an app, use ticket machines or sales point (see HSL website). Student discount for public transportation can be activated later (see below).
You don't need a residence permit but upon arrival in Finland, must apply for registration of EU citizen’s right of residence if your stay lasts for longer than three months. The application for the registration must be submitted within three months of the day of the arrival.
Application can be submitted online, but the registration process requires a personal visit at the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) service point. It is advisable to book an appointment for registration in good time beforehand (already in the summer), as waiting times can be long and in September there may not be time slots available any more.
When your right of residence is registered, your personal information will be recorded in the Finnish Population Information System and you will receive a Finnish personal identity code.
Citizens of the Nordic countries
You don't need a residence permit but upon arrival in Finland, must register in the Finnish Population Information system at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of your place of residence. Please note that you must personally visit the agency office. In connection with the registration, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code.
You are not required a registration of residence (registration has been done as a part of the student residence permit process).
If you are staying in Finland for more than a year (regardless of your nationality), you are required to register at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV, former Maistraatti) in the municipality you live in and register your permament municipality of residence in Finland. For the DVV registration you will need a permanent address in Finland. Having the municipality of residence registered enables you eg. the right for full student discount in public transportation (HSL) and municipal health care services
Once you have your address in Finland, fill in the application form in advance and visit the DVV office of your municipality (eg. Espoo or Helsinki) upon your arrival. Instructions and the application form are available here
If you have not received your Finnish personal ID-code when applying for a residence permit or when registering as EU citizen in Finland, you will be registered in the Finnish Population Information System and get the personal ID code at the same time when you are granted the municipality of residence.
Note! Exchange or international joint master's students (staying in Finland less than 1 year) are not necessarily required to register the municipality of residence since they have not moved to Finland on permanent basis and thus are not usually granted a permanent home municipality in Finland. If there is a need for a Finnish personal ID-code (e.g. taxation) and code has not been issued before (with residence permit application or EU citizen's registration by Migri), it can be applied at DVV.
Once you have registered your municipality of residence, you can get the HSL travel card with student discount. See instructions
Exchange students and international joint master's students:
You can get for the HSL travel card with a student discount after your arrival. See instructions.
Not required (you address will be registered when applying for the municipality of residence).
Exchange students and international joint master's students
You should make a notification of move within one week of your arrival in Finland. This can be done by filling out a form available at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency (DVV) or at post office (Posti). If you register your municipality of residence at DVV, it is easiest to fill out the notification of move at the same time.
Remember to make a notification of move if you later on move inside Finland and also when you leave Finland.
Please remember to update any changes in your contact information also to the university’s database. You can do this online in the student register system WebOodi.
Read information about opening a bank account under Financial matters.
Get a library card for the university library.