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- Foreign students live in different places with different rules of accommodation. Please read through carefully the accommodation instructions and try to follow them. If there are some regulations that you do not understand, please ask your international tutor or the international office staff to explain.
- 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 work day at 8 (some people even at 7) 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). Instructions on waste handling are included in the accommodation rules.
- 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.
- In the centre of Imatra there are different banks, e.g.:
- Nordea, Lappeentie 9
- Etelä-Karjalan Osuuspankki, Helsingintie 1
- Etelä-Karjalan Säästöpankki, Lappeentie 17
- Banks are usually open 10:00-16:30
- There is a queuing system in most banks. Take a number from the machine and wait for your turn.
- For money exchange banks charges about 8 €/operation.
- To open a bank account you need at least a passport (EU citizens ID-card), a certificate that you are studying at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Moreover, you need to have your living address and Finnish ID number which can later be informed to the bank. Different banks have different rules for opening an account. You can ask your tutor to help you, if you wish to open a bank account.
- Restaurants and bars require the minimun 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.
- Here are some places, which young people in Imatra visit:
- Osmos Cosmos bar at Koskenparras 5
- Club G, Helsingintie 1
- Street Cafe & Pub at Jukankatu 9
- Bar Q & Ravintola Teatteri at Jukankatu 5
- Restaurant Parnell's Irish bar at Koskenparras 3
- Bar & Café Kuohu, Imatrankoskentie 1
- There exists 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 anybody´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.
- Bus nr 1, 3, 2p and 8 goes through the whole town from Huhtasenkylä in the northern part to Jakola in the southeastern part of the town. So taking this bus you can go from the central station to Imatrankoski.
- Buses go rather seldom (about once each hour).
- The price of one bus ticket is 3,60€, a bus card for 22-trips is cheaper.
- You can see the timetables printed at bus stops where there is roof and place to sit.
- Most of the Finns are members of the evangelical-lutheran church
- 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 and Imatra
- International evenings
- Discussion groups
- International Services
- These activities are mainly conducted in Lappeenranta.
- More detailed information about these activities and their schedule you can find in the leaflet of the evangelical-lutheran parishes
- The evangelical-lutheran churches in Imatra are located at Vuoksenniskantie (close to Kaukopää Mills), Tainionkoskentie (near railway station) and at Kanavakatu
- A small orthodox church is located at Vuoksenniskantie (not very far from the old bridge with railway)
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 switch your own computer to the network of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, you should first get the permission from the computing centre and you should follow instructions given by the computer specialist of the unit.
- In case of fire, serious accident etc. you can call from all telephones free of charge the emergence telephone 112
- You should tell your name, where you are calling from and what has happened. Hold on until the person on duty has told you to hang up
- Police station is at Tainionkoskentie 70.
- There is a dining room at school, where you can have lunch. A lunch costs 2-3 €.
- 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 or meat and served with potatoes 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 sourmilk with meals.
- You can also buy non- or low-lactose milk products. These products are marked with the word 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.
- There are some fast-food places in Imatra, here are some addresses:
- McDonald’s at Tainionkoskentie 5
- Hesburger at Karhumaenkatu 6 (at Prisma)
- There are also some restaurants:
- Rosso at Koskenparras 1
- Martina at Koskenparras 3
- Buttenhoff at Koskenparras 4
- There is also an ethnic restaurant in Imatra:
- Chinese restaurant Xiangfu at Tainionkoskentie 10
- Hairdressers are usually private entrepreneurs and there is usually only one hairdresser (or not more than 2) in one place
- 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 hair dressers:
- Salon Carita, Koskenparras 4
- CM Hiustalo, Tietäjänkatu 2 (at Citymarket)
- South Karelia Vocational School, hairdresser students; Tietäjänkatu 5 (same building where you study, next to the library)
In case of illness:
- The Finnish system is that only emergency cases are taken care of at evening- and night-time and week-ends and if it is possible to wait till next work day morning, it should be done.
- If it is day-time, contact the nurse of the unit you are studying
The nurse of the unit of Technology is on the second floor of the vocational school (white brick house on the front yard at Koulukatu 5)
EU-students can use local health clinic’s services, and nurse can help you to contact them. Non-EU students need to go to a private doctor in any other case than emergency. Please, you can contact the nurse for further guidance.
All degree students are eligible to use FSHS health care services located on Linnala campus.
- If you need urgent medical health during evening time and you cannot wait till next morning, you can visit the hospital emergency room at Honkaharju 4 (the district of Vuoksenniska), but if possible, you should call them first, tel. 0200 22322.
- Opening hours of Honkaharju: working days 16-22
- weekends 8-22
- In case of acute illness during the weekends after 22:00, you are forced to go to Lappeenranta to the emergency room.
International office staff will help you in questions concerning your accommodation, everyday problems and if you do not know, who would be the correct person, do not hesitate to contact the international office.
Manager, International Office
Mr. Seppo Pellinen
Tel. +358 400 252 900
Student Affairs Officer
Ms. Mari Tuukkanen
Tel. +358 40 741 8842
Mari Tuukkanen is in Linnala campus, room 111, on Wednesdays from 9 am till 2 pm during the semester. Possible changes are mentioned in the door of room 111.
- 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 contacts 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.
- If you have questions and you cannot find your own tutor, you can contact anyone of the under mentioned tutors. They will certainly help you. You can visit SAIKO’s office whenever you have questions. ( SAIKO’s office is open on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm )
- In every unit of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences there is a library, which can be used by students free of charge. Librarians can help you in finding needed information or books.
- You can also visit the town library. The main library is at Virastokatu 1. Open Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 11-15
- You can get a library card and then take also books home. Ask the library staff, how you can get a card.
- In the library you can find rules of the library in different languages.
- There is also free Internet access
- There is also possibility to read newspapers and other magazines. (also open on Sun 12-15)
- In Imatra there is a cinema called Bio Vuoksi in the district of Vuoksenniska (Torikatu 13)
- Movies are in the original language with Finnish subtitles.
- A ticket costs about 10€
- See also www.biovuoksi.fi
- The local newspaper is called Uutisvuoksi. It will be delivered into you mail box free of charge every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. 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 Imatra and also movie programs and advertisements of different shops. Ask your tutor to show you, where you can find interesting information in the newspaper.
- Pharmacies in Imatra are at following addresses:
- Helsingintie 9 (district of Imatrankoski);
open: Mon-Fri 8.30-18 (weekends, see daily newspaper)
- Tietäjänkatu 2 (located at Citymarket);
open: Mon-Fri 8.30-18 (weekends, see daily newspaper)
- Vuoksenniskantie 64 (district of Vuoksenniska)
open: Mon-Fri 8.30-18 (weekends, see daily newspaper)
- 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 you photos developed at photo shops, e.g.:
- Helios at Koskenparras 8
- Kosken Kuvaamo at Tainionkoskentie 16
- You can also leave your pictures to be developed in the supermarkets: Prisma and Citymarket. It takes less than week.
- Main post office at Koskenparras 3 is open Mon-Fri 9-18
- If you get a notice that you have received a parcel, the place where you should pick it up, depends on the place, where you live:
- If you live at Pappilanpolku, your post office is in shop SIWA (Asemäentie 1)
- If you live at Pilvikuja, your post office is the main post office at Koskenparras 3
- 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.
- Student discount is 50 %
- To get a discount you should fill in a form, get it signed and stamped at the office of the faculty and then you should go with this form and one passport photo to the railway station, where they will make a VR student card for you. They will charge you for the card about 8 €. Have your VR card made before you plan to travel somewhere, because it always take some time.
- The timetables and rates you will find at www.vr.fi. The best and cheapest way is to buy the ticket online.
There are 5 faculties at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences.
- Faculty of Business Administration:
Unit in Lappeenranta: Skinnarila kampus; Skinnarilankatu 36
- Faculty of Technology:
Unit in Lappeenranta: Skinnarila kampus; Skinnarilankatu 36
- Faculty of Health Care and Social Services
Unit in Lappeenranta: Skinnarila kampus; Skinnarilankatu 36 from the 24.10.11.
- 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, Sat (8) 9-18 and Sun 12-18
- Special shops are usually open Mon-Fri 9-17 (or 18) and Sat 9-15
- There are following supermarkets in Imatra:
- Citymarket at Tietäjänkatu 2
- Prisma at Karhumäenkatu 6
- S-Market Olavinkatu 8
- Lidl in Vuoksenniska district at Valvatinkatu 8 and in Mansikkala, Tietäjänkatu 1
- 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 and beverages under 4,7% alcohol can be sold in supermarkets, gas stations, and Kiosks, but it can be sold only to persons older than 18 and between 09:00-21:00.
- 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 in Vuoksenniska, Torikatu 8 and Prisma, Karhumäenkatu 6
- Possession and use of any kinds of drugs is illegal.
- 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.In Autumn 2013 SaLUT Sports pass Imatra costs 20€. You can buy Sports pass from SAIKO’s office while it’s open.The gym and the swimming hall are available for a discounted price. The student price is 1,50 € per visit. You have to have SaLUT sports pass to get discount.
- The town-owned fitness centre and swimming pool, called Urheilutalo, are located at Tainionkoskentie.
- There are also private fitness centres in the town. For example:
- Kuntokeskus Colosseum is located at Tainionkoskentie 10 in Imatrankoski (gym, solarium etc)
- Imatran Kylpylä, Purjekuja 1 in Karhumäki (swimming, bowling, gym, solarium etc.)
- Bowling hall in Urheilutalo and Imatran Kylpylä.
- Downhill skiing and snowboarding in Myllymäki, Myllymäentie 83 (town Joutseno, Lappeenranta)
- Students of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences have organized their own student union called in abbreviation SAIKO (Skinnarilankatu 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 telephone number of taxi in Imatra is 0200 16464
- When calling from Finland you have to dial first the international prefix 990 or 999 or 994 or 99500 or 00 (different companies), 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 prepaid system from R-Kioski.
- A worth seeing sight are Imatra rapids. There will be rapids shows everyday till 25 August at 18 o’clock.The show lasts about 20 minutes and it is accentuated with light effects and music.