Tampere, Finland: Tampere University

Spotlight: This is the Tampere University – Gain useful insights, facts, and insider information about our partner university in Tampere

Tampere University, with its nearly 20,000 students in total, is quite a large university for Finland and has a lot to offer.

One preconception is that the cost of living in Finland is very high compared to Germany. However, at Tampere University you can get cheap food in the dining facilities and student housing is also affordable. Overall, exchange students need to have around 560–800 € per month for everything. The university offers several dorms on campus, which students can apply for, but you can also look for a shared apartment in the city.

In addition, there are many green areas on campus – so nothing stands in the way of being close to Scandinavian nature. For those who can study better in the evening, the 24/7 open library comes in handy. There are many natural restaurants both on campus and in the immediate vicinity.

Tampere University also offers different events every month especially for exchange students. For example, in April there is the Flute Festival or Coffee Week. Game nights are often organized and there is a sauna day every month. There is also a kick-off party at the beginning of each semester.

Useful facts:

The Scandinavian weather is very mild. In the summer it can get up to 25 degrees in Finland, whereas in the winter, on the other hand, it can get quite cold with -20 degrees. A fleece jacket, a waterproof jacket and shoes are therefore the first things that should end up in your suitcase. If not everything fits in the suitcase, there is of course “Scandinavian Outdoor”, where you can find clothes suitable for the weather. Finns almost never pay with cash. Contactless payment is therefore very popular. Many establishments, such as libraries, only accept electronic payment methods. Therefore, it is advisable to acquire a credit card before going abroad. Finland is one of the countries with the cleanest drinking water. Therefore, there is no need to carry canisters of water when shopping. The most common means of public transportation are buses. However, in order for the bus to stop, you have to wave your hand. For those who do not want to ride a bus, the streetcar is available.


Tampere, with its nearly 250,000 inhabitants, is a large city located in the southwest of Finland. Many probably know the city by the nickname Manchester of the North. Tampere is also only about 180km away from Helsinki, the Finnish capital, and is therefore ideal for a day trip. Especially worth seeing is, for example, the Pyynikki Park and the observation tower where you can admire both the city and the Finnish nature from above.

The exchange is possible for all language students.

The application deadline is 31 January!

More information about the Tampere University can be found here.