City of Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta, a city of 72,000 residents, located in South-East Finland, combines a cosy small town atmosphere with full-scale urban comforts. Lappeenranta is an international university city. Our local and international students consider Lappeenranta an excellent place to live and study – small enough to feel at home and large enough to be stimulating.
Lappeenranta is a forerunner in renewable energy and clean living environments – the city is committed to energy-efficiency and sustainable development.
Located at the shore of lake Saimaa, Lappeenranta embraces its historical position between East and West. Lappeenranta is both a geographical and an academic gateway from the European Union to Russia. As it stands, the LUT University is only about 230 kilometres from the third largest metropolis in Europe – St. Petersburg – and an equal distance to Helsinki, capital of Finland.
LUT University's Lappeenranta campus is located in the district of Skinnarila, seven kilometres from the city centre. The compact campus area is located by the beautiful lake Saimaa and offers LUT students all of the student services needed.
Most student apartments are located within walking distance, and the university premises offer everything from laboratories to library services, restaurants to health care – literally under one roof.
Facts about the Lappeenranta campus
- 100 MB free internet access in all student apartments
- The famous Skinnarila spirit of togetherness
- Sports facilities such as gyms, badminton and tennis courts, ice-skating rinks
- Active Student Union with over 30 clubs
- 24/7 access to university buildings
- Student discount on meals in campus restaurants
- Campus 200 m from the shore of Lake Saimaa
Students who start their studies in programmes on the Lappeenranta campus can apply for student accommodation directly from the Lappeenranta Student Housing Foundation LOAS. Incoming students apply for accommodation after their admissions to LUT have been accepted.
The rent for rooms in LOAS apartments is based on floor space of the room, the age of the building and how recently the building has been renovated. The rent varies between EUR 290-420, and you are also required to pay a deposit, EUR 200. Rent for LOAS apartments must be paid by the 5th day of each month.
Flat: The student flat is usually a shared apartment, a flat is shared between 2-3 students. Each student has a room of his/her own with a lockable door and a shared kitchen and toilet/washing facilities. Each room is furnished with a bed, a large desk, a desk lamp, a chair, a bookshelf and a wardrobe. Mattresses and curtains are not included. The kitchen is fully furnished with a kitchen table and chairs and also has a refrigerator, cupboards, a sink, an electric cooker and an oven. However, kitchen utensils are not provided. Bathrooms are fitted with a shower, a sink and a toilet.
LOAS apartments are not mixed. Male and female students can live in the same apartment on request only. If you wish to share the apartment with your friend(s), you should submit the housing application at the same time. Thus LOAS can better consider your request. Pets are allowed in LOAS apartments as long as they do not disturb neighbours.
Shared facilities: The shared facilities in LOAS buildings usually comprise a laundry room equipped with washing machines, dryers and an iron. Each building also contains a sauna that can be used free of charge. There are common sauna hours for all the tenants in the building between certain hours once a week, with separate saunas for men and women. Tenants can also reserve a sauna for personal use once a week. LOAS buildings also contain additional facilities, including storage space for each tenant, and bike shelters. In each LOAS building, near the main entrance, there are bulletin boards on which you can find useful information, including sauna timetables and a list of all tenants.
LUT's compact campus area offers students many different services, which help you to integrate to your new home town and the university community.
Study guidance: Studying at the university is a challenging task, therefore there are a number of different support services available for students. Study councellors and study advisors will help and guide you with matters related to your studies. You can find more information about studies in the UNI portal for LUT students.
Student tutoring: All international students and trainees at LUT University will be appointed a tutor, a senior student at LUT. The student tutor will help you get familiar with Finnish society, culture and university life. You will be e-mailed details of your tutor approximately one week before your arrival to Finland. Your tutor will also help you with practical matters including familiarising yourself with Finnish student housing and customs, settling in at the university, opening a Finnish bank account, visiting shops, etc.
Orientation programme: Moving to a new country means getting to know a new culture and the local way of doing things. Your studies at LUT University will start with orientation programme. Orientation programme is highly recommended as there you will get lot of information on our services and systems.
Library services: LUT Academic Library provides library services in different specialist fields for students, researchers and the general public. The library has an extensive collection of literature titles and journals, both in print and electronic format.
Student Health Services by FSHS: The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides general health care, mental health care and dental health care services for degree students at LUT University. You can use the FSHS general, mental and dental health care services if you are a degree student and you have paid your student union membership fee to a student union.
Through the national FSHS web site, you can access the electronic services and find general information about health and well-being. On the Lappeenranta FSHS web page you will find the opening hours and location of the local services. Please note, that students of EU/EEA countries still need to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or private insurance.
and citizens of other countries still need to have comprehensive health insurance.
Meet a local family -programme: International students coming to LUT University have an excellent opportunity to participate in the Meet a local family -programme, which brings together international students and South Karelian families. The aim of the programme is to help foreign students learn more about Finnish culture and family life and better integrate to the Finnish society. In return, the students give the host families a greater understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
The programme for LUT students is coordinated by the student services of LUT University and is conducted in cooperation with Saimia University of Applied Sciences and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Note, you can apply to this programme only in fall semester.
Restaurants at the campus
There are six different restaurants available for students on the Lappeenranta campus. In these restaurants, you will get a student discount by showing your student ID card when paying. The lunch prices vary from EUR 1,8 to 4,60, depending on what you want to eat.
- Restaurants in the main university building and the building of LAB University of Applied Sciences
- Indiana Curry
- The restaurant in the Student Union Building, Laseri
- Pizzeria Ankor
- Café Bar G near nearby the university main building
Free time and social activities
Being an international student does not simply involve attending lectures and studying for exams. Social interaction with other international students and local Finnish students also forms an important part of your study period abroad and can make a big difference to your stay!
Student Union: The Student Union of LUT (LTKY for short) unites all LUT students, promoting their academic and personal well-being. In addition to make sure that the students' voice is heard in the decision-making of the university. LTKY organises large variety of events around the year and more than 30 clubs offer a range of extra-curricular activities, including sports, cultural events, etc.
The International Section is one of the main sections of the Student Union and deals with all international issues of relevance to LUT students. Their main objective is to promote the importance of international matters concerning education in particular and globalization in general. Take a look at the website to find out about various events including those being held during freshmen week, Liugur, FinnHits party and Wappu.
Guilds and clubs: Would you like to join your department guild along with other students? Maybe excursions and parties interest you? And what do those special overalls represent, and where to get one? Find out more about student associations called guilds.
Singing? Climbing? Hiking? Acting? Heavy metal music? Ultra-economical car design? Whatever your interests, the chances are that we will have the club you are looking for. Joining a club is an ideal way to get to know new people or discover a totally new hobby. LUT has around 30 clubs that are always more than ready to welcome international students.