In 2017, the University of Helsinki’s total income amounted to €704 million, of which €403 million was governmental core funding. Its total expenditure was €680 million. Staff expenses represented 59% of this, and facility rents 13%.

The deficit from the University's operations was €4 million. The University also showed an operating deficit in 2016. These deficits are caused by the abrupt cuts to governmental funding. 

Dividends and sales of securities brought €28 million in revenue, which has brought the University’s annual result to show a surplus of €24 million. The exceptionally high revenue from securities consists of sales revenue and expenses which relate to changes made to the composition of the securities portfolio. The resulting funds were reinvested in the market.