Practical information for visitors and international staff
On this page you can find practical information for international visitors and employees. Also visit the following websites, both bringing together useful information and services for international newcomers in the Turku area:
Accommodation in Turku
Usually our guests pay for the accommodation themselves. For shorter stays, we recommend one of the hotels in the centre. Hotel Centro has been quite popular among our visitors. More options can be found here, for example:
Forenom and Kotimaailma provide furnished rental apartments:
If you are going to work at Turku UAS and stay in Turku for a longer period, you might also want to rent a non-furnished flat. Most rental flats in Turku can be found on Vuokraovi webpage: Rental apartments at Vuokraovi
For research staff, Turku Student Village Foundation TYS is also an option, offering low-cost housing near campus.
Visa and residence permit
If you are staying maximum of 90 days you might need a visa. Check the Finland Foreign Affairs Ministry's webpage for more information and a country specific list for required travelling documents. EU citizens do not need a visa.
If you are staying more than three months you need to apply for a residence permit through Finnish Immigration Service (Migri).You can also apply for the Finnish Personal Identity Code together with the residence permit. EU citizens need to register their right of residence after three months.
Social security system, health care, insurance and taxation
Travelling to Turku and Salo
Turku UAS has several units in Turku and one in Salo. Find out more about the best ways to travel to Turku and Salo here .
The local bus connections are good and frequent. A single ticket costs €3, but if you stay here for a longer time, it might be a good idea to purchase a travel card. Please check for more details on local bus connections here:
- Turku Region Traffic
More detailed information on Salo Campus:
You can open a Finnish bank account when there is a long term contract and regular salary payment. Banks usually ask for a Finnish social security number.
Daycare and schools
If you will stay a longer time at Turku UAS and travel with your family, you may be interested in childrens' daycare and schools.
There is an international school in Turku, where the teaching is in English. It is also possible to apply to a Finnish school, where children can take part in preparatory teaching until their level of Finnish is good enough to join a Finnish class. You can read more on daycare and schools in Turku here .
Read more on education in Finland:
Things to do in Turku
If you stay in Turku for a short time, you are probably interested in shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. You can find our recommendations in the list below.
For those staying here for a longer time, there is also plenty to do. You can buy our Campussport card or hike in the beautiful nature. There is also a lot of activities for children if you bring your family with you. You new colleagues will be happy to give you some tips!
Finnish language and culture
If you stay here for a longer time, you can take part in our Finnish for Foreigners courses together with our international students. You can also participate the Friendship programme , which gives you the possibility to get to know Finns and Finnish culture. You can find useful information on Living in Turku here
If you want to know more about Finland and Finnish Culture, please visit This is Finland webpage.