Cost of living

As for costs, they are quite comparable to the rest of Europe. Some goods can be quite pricey though, such as alcohol and tobacco. But substantial items, particularly accommodation can be priced quite adequately. To get a basic idea of the cost of living in Finland, please check below.

 

The approximate costs of items in Finland (€) – August 2012

  • Loaf of bread: € 1,00 - 4,00
  • Milk (1 l): € 1,00
  • Apples (1 kg): € 1,00 - 3,00
  • Chocolate (100 g): € 1,20 - 2,00
  • Can of beer in a market (0,33 l): € 0,80 - 1,50
  • Glass of beer at a bar (0,5 l): € 4,50 - 8,00
  • Glass of coke (0,33 l): € 1,50 - 3,00
  • Cup of coffee: € 1,50 - 5,00 (special coffees are more expensive)
  • 1 Big Mac: € 4,10
  • Lunch (eating out): € 7,00 - 10,00 per person; student cafeteria € 1,50 - 5,00
  • Main dish (eating out): € 10 - 30 (per person)
  • Public transport ticket (Helsinki): € 2,20 - 4,00
  • Liter of petrol: € 1,70
  • Movie ticket: € 8,00 - 12,00
  • Newspaper: € 2,00 - 4,00
  • Pizza: € 4,00 - 12,00

 

Housing cost per month

  • Single student in shared living (electric and water usually included): € 250 - 400
  • Family housing for student: € 250 - 470
  • Single Adult cost of 1–2 bedroom apartment (in Helsinki): € 600 - 1.000

 

Student discounts

Cost of living for a single student is determined € 700 per month. Once you have the student card from your Finnish university, university of applied sciences or vocational school you can get discounts for meals, transport and for the leisure activities. Please check Finnish Student Union for more information. If you are not a student in Finland, please check with the European Youth Card or the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for benefits.

 

Updated: 5.12.2012
Photo: Jaana Fedotoff