Foreign students' information package for everyday life
City of Lappeenranta
Bars, restaurants etc.
Berries, mushrooms etc.
Church in Lappeenranta
Emergency (fire brigade, ambulance, police)
Food and eating
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences
Smoking, alcohol, drugs
- The most frequent housing problem is noisy behaviour at night time. You should not make any noise after 22 o´clock in the evening and keep quiet till 7 o’clock in the morning. This may sound very early to you, but keep in mind that Finns start their workday at 8 (some people even at 5 or 6) in the morning.
- Another frequent problem is waste. Please pay attention, where you put your waste bags and how you sort the waste (biological / glass / paper / mixed waste).
- See also www.soa.fi and then click “International”. In this address you will find the Net Guide on International Student Housing, which gives you an overview on intercultural student housing and what you could do to avoid conflict situations.
- See also www.loas.fi to find out more information about living and accommodation in student accommodation in Lappeenranta.
- See www.lnet.fi/en/ for information on Internet connections in the student accommodation. You can also leave a problem report here if you have any problems with the Internet Connections.
- In the centre of Lappeenranta there are different banks, e.g.:
- Nordea at Kauppakatu 40
- Etelä-Karjalan Osuuspankki at Kirkkokatu 9
- Etelä-Karjalan Säästöpankki at Valtakatu 32
- Check the bank opening hours from their websites - might differ from bank to bank quite some much.
- There is a queuing system in most banks. Take a number from the machine and wait for your turn.
- For money exchange banks charge about 8 € / operation.
- To open a bank account you need a passport (EU citizens ID-card) and a certificate that you are studying at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Moreover, non-EU students need to have their valid Finnish Residence permit. Different banks have different rules for opening an account. Please ask your tutor for help.
- Restaurants and bars require the minimum age of 18 years, but some restaurants have their own age limits higher than that.
- When going out together everybody usually pays his/her own drinks.
- There are different pubs and clubs such as Gigglin Marlin, Amarillo, Hunaja, Birra, Lucky Monkeys, Totem,
- There exits so called “public right of access” in Finland. It means that nature belongs to everybody, but this right also means certain obligations to those walking in the nature.
- You are allowed to walk in forests and other places (even privately owned), but you are not allowed to enter anyone´s yard or garden.
- You are allowed to pick berries and mushrooms in any forest.
- You are not allowed to cut trees or branches of trees and you are never allowed to make fire on another person´s land.
Following coffee houses are located in the centre:
- Café Galleria at Koulukatu 15
- Café Weera at Kauppakatu 39
- Coffee House at Kauppakatu 29-31
- Café Majurska at Fortress
- Cafeteria at shopping centre Galleria
- Gospel Cafè, Kauppakatu 33
- Caffé Violet at Kauppakatu 28
Instructions for use of computer facilities at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences offers to its students and staff flexible and well-equipped access to computer facilities and internet. This is possible only in case, if all the users follow the underlying instructions and take care of their personal responsibility.
- Every student will get his own username and password, which should never be given to other people. Every student is responsible for the use under his username and password. You should never use other person´s username and password.
- The system is meant for studying, research work, information search and reasonable use of e-mail. Other activities are forbidden.
- Every student should delete after use his own files from computers which are in the classrooms or other public premises.
- Installation of own programs is strictly forbidden.
- If you wish to connect your own computer to the network of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, please check the instructions at http://it.saimia.fi/eduroam
- In case of fire, serious accidents etc. you can call the emergency centre from all telephones free of charge by dialling 112
- You should tell your name, where you are calling from and what has happened. Listen to the instructions given and follow them. You should hang up only, when the person on the other end of the line, says that you can do it.
- Police station is at Raatimiehenkatu 22
- The evangelical-lutheran parishes of Lappeenranta offer mental support and different kinds of leisure activities for students (foreign and Finnish) to help students to feel at home in Lappeenranta
- - International evenings
- - Discussion groups
- - Tours
- - International Services
- There is a chapel in the LUT building
- More detailed information about these activities and their schedule you can find in the leaflet of the evangelical-lutheran parishes
- Gospel Cafè, Kauppakatu 33
- There is a dining room at school, where you can have lunch. A lunch costs 2 - 4 €.
- Breakfast in Finland usually means bread and butter, cheese, perhaps porridge, juice, some milk products and certainly coffee (Finns drink lots of coffee).
- At lunch and dinner people usually have only the main course. The main course is usually made of fish, chicken or meat and served with potatoes, pasta or rice and some vegetables or salad
- Typical Finnish food is also a casserole made of different ingredients (e.g. cabbage, carrots, meat and pasta, fish)
- A particular Finnish habit is drinking milk or sour milk with meals.
- You can also buy non- or low-lactose milk products. These products are marked with the words Laktoositon and HYLA respectively. If you have stomach problems and you do not know the reason, you could try to exclude milk products or use HYLA products.
- People eat out quite seldom. There are two reasons: eating in proper restaurants is quite expensive and on the other hand people with families hold home cooking in high regard. However there is a wide variety of different kind of restaurants to choose from.
- Usually you have to book a time for haircutting for some days or a week earlier.
- Hairdressers´ are usually open from Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00 and on Saturdays 9:00-13:00.
- Examples of hairdressers:
- Hairdresser Sarianna, Oksasenkatu 8
- Hairdresser Hairstore, Toikansuontie 4 (at Citymarket)
- South Karelia Vocational School, hairdresser students; Pohjolankatu 12
General emergency number: 112
In case of illness:
- The Finnish system is that only emergency cases are taken care of at evening and night time and weekends. If it is possible to wait till next workday morning, it should be done.
- If it is daytime, contact the nurse at the institute.
Please read further informarmation about the student health care services from here: https://www.saimia.fi/en-fi/studies/social-aspects-of-study/health-care
International office staff will help you in questions concerning your everyday problems and if you do not know, who would be the correct person, do not hesitate to contact the international office.
Service Manager, International Affairs
Ms. Mari Tuukkanen
Secretary, International Affairs
Ms. Alexandra Karaseva
Tel. +358 40 529 7054
International Services are located at room 2313C, Yliopistonkatu 34, Lappeenranta. Office is open Mon – Fri 9 - 15.
- The student union SAIKO has organized a network of international tutors.
- International tutors are ordinary students, who just want to get new experiences and who are internationally orientated. Tutors have studied at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences at least one year before they became international tutors so that they know how to help foreign students. International tutoring is voluntary, but when they have entered the network, they have bindingly promised to fulfil certain operations with foreign students (e.g. meeting at the railway station, orientation in accommodation, every day life, and first days at school etc.). These operations are co-ordinated by the international office of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.
- How much foreign students have contact with their tutors depends on both sides. If you wish for more information or you have questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact your tutor! Finns are sometimes shy and reserved and if a foreigner does not take an active role, Finns think that the foreigner wants to be left in peace. You can visit SAIKO’s office whenever you have questions. (SAIKO’s office is open Mon-Fri from 9 am to 2 pm)
- There is an academic library in Skinnarila campus located in LUT facilities. You can check the opening times from www.lut.fi/en/library
- You can also visit the town library. The main library is at Valtakatu 47 and its opening hours are Mon-Fri 10-20, Sat 10-15.
- There is also possibility to read newspapers and other magazines. (also open Sun 12-15)
- You can get a library card and then take also books home. Ask the library staff, how you can get a card.
- There is also free Internet access.
- In Lappeenranta there is one cinema, Finnkino.
- Movies are in the original language with Finnish subtitles.
- A ticket costs about 10 €
- The local newspaper is called Etelä-Saimaa. You can read it for instance in all libraries. Even if it is in Finnish, you can find some useful information in it, when somebody has first shown you, on which pages you should look for the information.
- There is information about exhibitions and different activities that take place in Lappeenranta and also movie programs and advertisements of different shops.
- There is also an orthodox church in Lappeenranta at Kristiinankatu 7 (in the fortress district).
- Pharmacies in Lappeenranta are at following addresses:
- At the shopping centre Prisma, Puhakankatu 9 (open Mon-Fri 9-21, Sat 9-18)
- At the shopping centre Iso-Kristiina, Brahenkatu 3 (Mon-Fri 8.30-19, Sat 8.30-15)
- Valtakatu 37 (every day 8-22)
- Kauppakäytävä 6 (in the district of Lauritsala)
- Korpikunnankatu 1 (K- Supermarket Sammonlahti)
- In pharmacies you can buy over-the-counter medicines, but many of the medicines are sold only on doctor´s prescription
- Medicines in Finland are quite expensive
- You can have your photos developed at photo shops, e.g.:
- Helios at Kirkkokatu 10
- Kuvari at Valtakatu 50
- The main post office at Kauppakatu 29-31 Kauppakeskus Armada)
- Open Mon-Fri 9-19, Sat 10-14
- If you get a notice that you have received a parcel, you should pick it from the main post office
- More information www.posti.fi
- YleX FM 90,9 MHz
- NRJ FM 96,5 MHz
- Voice FM 102,7 MHz
- Nova FM 103,8 MHz
- Sputnik FM 102,1 MHz
- The easiest way to get to other towns in Finland is by train.
- Students get discounts from the tickets
- To get a discount you should fill in a form, get it signed and stamped at student services.
- The timetables and rates you will find at www.vr.fi The easiest and cheapest way is to buy the ticket online in advance.
- The cheapest tickets for intercity trains can be found at Matkakeisari website.
- There are 5 faculties at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.
- Faculty of Business Administration:
- Unit in Lappeenranta: Skinnarila kampus; Yliopistonkatu 36
- Faculty of Technology:
- Unit in Lappeenranta: Skinnarila kampus; Yliopistonkatu 36
- Faculty of Health Care and Social Services
- Unit in Lappeenranta: Skinnarila kampus; Yliopistonkatu 36
- Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
- Unit of Tourism in Imatra: Linnala kampus; Tietäjänkatu 5
- Faculty of Fine Arts:
- Unit of Fine Arts in Imatra: Linnala kampus, Tietäjänkatu 5
- Supermarkets are usually open Mon-Fri 9-21 and Sat 9-18, some of the markets are open also at Sundays 12-18
- Special shops are usually open Mon-Fri 9-17 (or 18) and Sat 9-15
- Shops in Sammonlahti:
- S-market and K-market at Orioninkatu 2 (mainly groceries)
- Minimani at Sammontori 2 (household goods, some clothes)
- There are following shopping centres, where you can find different specialised shops:
- Iso-Kristiina at Brahenkatu 3
- Weera at Kauppakatu 39
- Opri at Koulukatu 5-7
- Armada at Koulukatu 29
- Galleria at Kauppakatu 40
- There are some small groceries and some big supermarkets. In supermarkets there are not only foods, but also all kinds of products.
- Here are addresses of some big supermarkets:
- Citymarket at Toikansuontie 4
- Prisma at Puhakankatu 9-11
- In Myllymäki district in Lappeenranta for example: Grande Orchidée, Family Center, Lidl, furniture stores and domestic appliance stores.
- Your tutor will be glad to help you in orientating in shopping.
- Smoking is forbidden in most buildings, also in student flats. There are special smoking rooms or outside smoking areas. Smoking is also forbidden in restaurants and bars.
- Cigarettes are not sold to young people (under 18)
- Beer is sold in supermarkets between 9-21, but it can be sold only to persons older than 18
- Other alcohol beverages are sold in special shops called Alko. The age limit for buying wine and alcohol beverages (max 21%) is 18 years and for spirits 20 years.
- Alkos are located Kaivokatu 9 (Iso-Kristiina), Toikansuontie 4 (Citymarket) and Puhakankatu 9-11 (Prisma)
- Possession and use of any kinds of drugs is illegal.
SaLUT - Higher Education Sports and Welfare Services at LUT and Saimia
SaLUT is a joint project of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences and Lappeenranta University of Technology. The aim is to promote and support the students' well-being and coping during studies. SaLUT includes a wide range of sports and welfare services as well as organize a variety of demo classes and events.
You can take part in these sports activities by buying a sports or groups sports pass from SAIKO or LTKY (The student union of Lappeenranta University of Technology) office during its opening hours.
- Fitness centre and swimming pool of the town Lappeenranta
- at Pohjolankatu 29 and at Luukkaankatu 51 (Lauritsala)
- Ticket office (Pohjolankatu) is open Mon-Thur: 6.00 – 20.00, Fri: 12.00 –19.00, Saturday: 11.00-17.00,Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00 (closed in the summer)
- Ticket office in Lauritsala is open Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 6.00 – 20.00, Wed: 12.00 – 19.00, Sat: 12.00 – 17.00, Sun: 10.00 – 17.00
- Entrance fee to swimming for students is 3,50 € (a card for ten times costs 32,00 €)
- There is also a bowling hall at Pohjolankatu 29
- Private fitness services (www-pages are mainly in Finnish, but there are also photos, prices etc. which can be understood without Finnish language)
- Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Myllymäki, Myllymäentie 83 (in Joutseno)
- Students of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences have organized their own student union called in abbreviation SAIKO (Yliopistonkatu 36) Saimaa University of Applied Sciences’ Student Union (SAIKO) is the student association, which promotes and supervises the students' interests and help the students to get certain services, for example, SaLUT, student card and any other services considering studying.
- The international secretary of SAIKO can be reached by visiting the SAIKO office or
- The telephone number of taxi is 0200 60 400
- When calling from Finland you have to dial first the international prefix 990 or 999 or 994 or 99500 or 00 (different operators), then dial the country code (Russia 7, Germany 49, China 86 etc.), then the area code and the telephone number.
- If you wish to have a Finnish mobile phone, you had better discuss with your tutor, because different operators have different limitations for foreigners (deposit sums, prepaid systems etc.) You can buy pre-paid system from R-kioski.