Helsinki is an excellent place to study

Helsinki was ranked high in an international comparison that studied the strengths of different cities particularly as student cities.

The study, carried out by the European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (EURICUR) operating under Erasmus University Rotterdam, surveyed the significance of students and student communities to cities. In addition to Helsinki, the other participants in this comparative urban study were Birmingham, Eindhoven, Lille, Lyon, Munich, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Venice.

According to the study, Helsinki is remarkably successful not only in welcoming students but also in keeping them in the city after graduation.

Helsinki’s strength lies in the good relations of the universities and educational institutions with the city and the private sector. Helsinki is seen as a good place to live, in which the students integrate well into the urban life and which offers a rich variety of things to see and do. Furthermore, Helsinki is praised for the fact that student organisations are given the opportunity to voice their opinion to Helsinki city decision-makers on matters important to students.

Yet there is always room for improvement: there is a constant demand for inexpensive student flats and, in some cases, trips from one school or campus to another can take a long time.

More information on the study can be found at

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