Guide for visitors

You are most cordially welcome to the University of Helsinki! By having chosen to spend some time here, you are contributing to our quest for increased internationalisation. With the help of this site we wish to make sure that you can make the best use of your time during this visit and to access the services we have available for you.

There are two separate wireless networks at the University of Helsinki: Eduroam and HUPnet.

Eduroam is an international academic public network. If you have already have an eduroam user account at your home university you can use the same account in the eduroam network at UH.

HUPnet is an unprotected network and accessible almost anywhere at the university with a HUPnet account. This account also allows access to the university’s library databases. The account can be created by any university staff member, please ask your host, the university library staff or your host unit’s IT contact person for more information.

If you need access to the UH intranet (Flamma), Moodle, wiki or other electronic services, your host unit’s IT contact person can provide you with a limited user account.

More information on IT related matters is available on the website of the University's IT Helpdesk.

As a visiting teacher/researcher you are welcome to use our university library’s materials on their premises. You need a user ID to access e-books on your own device or the library computers that require a visitor ID. You can get a temporary user ID from the service desk at the library. The library staff are glad to help you with any questions you might have concerning books and other materials.

Read more about the University library on the website of the library.

If you are looking for a place to eat or get a coffee and a little something to eat, the Unicafe restaurants and cafes on every campus are open to all visitors, not just staff and students of UH. You can enjoy a reasonably priced lunch or if in a hurry, just grab a takeaway coffee and snack with you.

Unicafe website >>

Want to take home something to remind you of UH? The Think Corner café and shop in the Porthania building (Yliopistonkatu 3) and the Gaudeamus Kirja & Kahvi café (Vuorikatu 7) offer a range of UH products including hoodies and T-shirts.

The Helsinki region has an integrated public transport ticket system. HSL tickets are valid on public transport services in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Kirkkonummi and Sipoo.

The same tickets can be used for traveling on buses, trams, the Metro, commuter trains and the ferry to Suomenlinna. You can also transfer from one vehicle to another with the same ticket.

A day ticket is your key to getting around in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The tickets available on single-charge cards allow you to travel easily and at low-cost for 1-7 days.

Helsinki internal and regional day tickets are available from the HSL office, located at Central Railway Station and also from ticket machines: the pink single ticket machines sell one day tickets for adults, the blue full-range ticket machines sell 1-7 day tickets for adults and children. Drivers and conductors sell one day tickets for adults and children.

You can also buy HSL tickets from convenience stores marked R-Kioski.

A great help when you need to figure out how to get from point A to point B in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, is the Journey Planner website. You just type in the address of your starting point and the address of your destination and the website will give you the itinerary, including public transportation schedules and walking directions.

In case you need to get a taxi during your visit in Helsinki, you can either order the taxi by calling 0100 0700 or going directly to a taxi-stand. In general all taxis with a yellow taxi sign are licensed and safe.

Taxi Helsinki website >>

In case you need to visit the pharmacy during your visit in Helsinki, the place to go is called “apteekki” in Finnish. Central Helsinki has several pharmacies and the best way to recognize them is the green cross – sign.

ATMs are available throughout the city and they are called the “OTTO” in Finnish. ATM’s enable you to withdraw cash also with internationally recognized credit cards.

The Power of Thought is the new permanent exhibition of the Helsinki University Museum. It is located in the Main Building of the University, 3rd floor of the Fabianinkatu side. The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the University of Helsinki from the founding of the Royal Academy of Turku in 1640 to the present day. As the oldest university in Finland it is the cradle of Finnish science and culture.

The exhibition opening hours can be find on the website of the University museum. Free entry!

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Helsinki Observatory, originally designed by C. L. Engel and completed in 1834, is open to the public on Tähtitorninmäki Hill (Kopernikuksentie 1). The building houses the Centre for Astronomy, a visitor centre of the Helsinki University Museum, where visitors can learn about the universe and the history of astronomy. The Observatory building also accommodates Café Tiedekahvila.

Opening hours of the Observatory are available on the website. Entrance fee: 6/4/2 e.

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