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The University of Helsinki (UH) is one of world’s leading multidisciplinary universities specializing in the area of research. It is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), which includes such universities as Oxford and Cambridge. The University is internationally renowned for its high quality teaching, research, and innovation. The main strength of the University of Helsinki is considered to be scientific research and the teaching which is derived from it, as we believe that teaching is closely linked to research. This is reflected in our philosophy: “All teachers are researchers and all researchers teach.”

As a student, the University’s extensive variety of learning environments and facilities are at your disposal. 

Learning centres
The City Centre Campus has two learning centres intended for independent work: Aleksandria and Minerva. Both centres provide space for individual studying as well as group work. In addition, Aleksandria has more than 300 computers, some of which are reserved for quick use. Learning Centre Aleksandria is available for students practically 24 hours a day. If you wish to access Aleksandria outside the official opening hours, you can apply for a night access key. All attending students of the University of Helsinki can apply for the key. The night access key is not available to Open University students or students from other universities.

Each campus has its own campus library with a collection of literature relating to the degree programmes taught on each campus. The libraries have quiet spaces for work, and some offer group work spaces that can be reserved.  For more information about the libraries, please click here. You can also visit the website of the Helsinki University Library.

Campus libraries
• City Centre Campus:  Helsinki University Main Library, Kaisa House, Fabianinkatu 30
• Kumpula Campus:  Kumpula Campus Library, Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2
• Meilahti Campus:  Meilahti Campus Library Terkko, Haartmaninkatu 4
• Viikki Campus:  Viikki Campus Library, Viikinkaari 11 a

Most of the library facilities and learning centres are wheelchair accessible. Check the opening hours from the library website and use the floor maps to discover the facilities and services available at each location.
You can also explore the National Library, Finland’s oldest and most extensive academic library and a part of the University of Helsinki.
How can you find academic articles and literature in your field?  Use LibraryGuides to find discipline-specific sources. 

Think corner
Located on the City Centre Campus, Think Corner is an event space and a meeting place for everyone. At Think Corner on Yliopistonkatu, in the very heart of the City Centre Campus, you are among the latest in top research.  Think Corner offers events, a lively programme and facilities for both individual and group work.

The work spaces are located on three levels, and are offered on a “first come, first served” principle. On the street level is Think Corner Stage, where experts, researchers, influencers and the audience can probe topical issues together. Tiedekulma Café operates in the same space, offering drinks, lunches and catering. 

Work spaces
The IT Centre offers work spaces with computers for all members of the University community on the City Centre, Kumpula and Viikki Campuses. These include large general facilities, classrooms and terminals for quick use. Most of the facilities are equipped with printers.

It's easy to enjoy student life in Helsinki. As a student at the University of Helsinki, you have endless possibilities for extracurricular activities. You also get numerous benefits and services that make your life easier and more fun.

Why not ask our international students yourself? Chat with our students to find out how they experience life at the University of Helsinki. You can also take a look at what the Students union at the University of Helsinki has to say about student life in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

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Career Services monitors the placement of graduates of the University of Helsinki with regular career placement reports. The monitoring takes place every year, five years after the completion of one’s degree for master’s degrees, and two to three years for doctoral degrees. 

University Highlights

Total students - 22,137


International students - 1,123


Total faculty staff - 2,750


Total students - 22,137

International students - 1,123


Total faculty staff - 2,750

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