The city of Lappeenranta is located in South Karelia, some 225 km north-east of Finland's capital, Helsinki.
The quickest way to travel from Helsinki airport to Lappeenranta is by train – trip takes 2 hours. Tikkurila railway station locates in the city of Vantaa and it is the closest to the
airport. There is train connection from the airport to Tikkurila railway station and trip takes about 10 minutes. Trains run in every 10-30 minutes.
Train tickets can be purchased online or from railway station; see ticket office's opening hours on www.vr.fi > Services > Station services. If you buy a ticket in a train, a service
fee is charged.
If you arrive by train from Russia, the closest station to Lappeenranta is Vainikkala where preorder taxi services are provided to the Travel Centre (Matkakeskus) of Lappeenranta.
Taxi connections to trains to and from Russia (Vainikkala railway station) - City of Lappeenranta
Please check long-distance train timetables on www.vr.fi
Bus trip from Helsinki airport to Lappeenranta takes about 4 hours involving changing buses once or twice. Tickets can be bought online, in a coach or bus station. Departures from Helsinki Bus Station in city centre:
Take highway number 6 from Helsinki via Kouvola (about 225 km). An alternative route is the motorway from Helsinki to
Lahti and highway number 12 from Lahti via Kouvola (about 245 km). About 8 km before Lappeenranta, go right off of Exit 51 in the direction of Yliopisto (university) and follow the signs leading you to the university campus area.
See the websites of Liikenneturva for i.e. traffic regulations and safety info.
Apply for accommodation
As soon as you decide to accept your study place at LUT you are advised to apply for accommodation from the Lappeenranta Student Housing Foundation (LOAS). As there are hundreds of students applying for accommodation it is important to apply as soon as possible. LOAS deals with the housing applications in order they come in. The earlier you are able to begin your tenancy agreement, the better chances you have to get accommodation. Note that LOAS will make only one offer per student and you need to confirm the offer by paying the deposit within deadline given by LOAS.
You are asked to inform LUT Student Services about your arrival date, time and means as soon as you have the details. The arrival information is very important as we cannot assign for you a tutor and a driver to pick you up from the travel center if we do not know exactly when you are coming to Lappeenranta. Please note that your tutor will take care of a group of students.
Exchange students will inform their arrival via Mobility-Online system.
Compulsory health insurance
All the students coming to Finland need to have sufficient insurance coverage. For students needing a residence permit, the health insurance is a compulsory part of the residence permit application. Students coming from EU/EEA countries can use their European Health Insurance Card. In case you cannot get the EHIC card from your home country's insurance system, a private insurance is recommended in case of accidents or illness.
When you join the Student Union upon the start of your studies you will gain access to Finnish Student Health Service FSHS (YTHS in Finnish). This means that you can access for general, dental and mental health services at FSHS. However, this service does not cover hospital treatment or acute illness during weekends and holidays so the private insurance is required.
Citizens of EU/EEA countries
Citizens of EU/EEA countries and equivalent can enter Finland without a residence permit. However, when your study period exceeds 3 months, you are required to register your residence once in Lappeenranta. The registration is done at Finnish Immigration Service (MIGRI). A valid passport or national ID is required.
When registrating your right to reside in Finland, please ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code, which will make your life in Finland easier.
Citizens of other countries
You must have a valid passport and a residence permit in order to enter Finland. A visa is not accepted. As it can take several months to issue a residence permit, we recommend that you allow sufficient time to apply for your residence permit.
- Once you have received the Admission letter, submit your application electronically at http://www.migri.fi/our_services/enter_finland_e-service. You can also submit the application to a Finnish embassy/consulate in your home country or in a country in which you are legally residing. Applying electronically is the fastest way to get the decision to your application.
- See the Finnish Immigration Services's Notice for Exchange Students
- Due to biometrics, fingerprints are collected from all applicants. All students are required to visit a Finnish embassy/consulate in person to give their fingerprints, no exceptions are made. Your application will not be processed before you have given biometric details at the embassy/consulate.
- Take the originals of all your documents with you to the embassy/consulate even if you have submitted your application electronically.
- The Finnish Immigration Service makes an order for a biometric residence permit card if a positive decision is made. It takes one to two weeks on an average for the card to arrive at the embassy/consulate. It is not possible to expedite the delivery.
Note that your health insurance must cover the period that your residence permit is valid.
When you apply for a residence permit, please ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System. By doing so, you will receive a Finnish personal identity code already before arrival, which will make your life in Finland easier. For details, please see The Finnish Immigration Service.