Accommodation, arriving and getting around

Options for accommodation in Jyväskylä during the course as well as information about arriving to and getting around in Jyväskylä.

Options for accommodation

Intensive Courses in Finnish Language and Culture do not include accommodation. Here are a few suggestions on where to find affordable accommodation during the course. In case you need assistance with finding accommodation, contact our office at info-kesayo@jyu.fi.

  • Finlandia Hotelli AlbaAlba

    72,00€/night / Single Economy room
    86,00€/night/ Double / Twin Standard room ( 2 persons rate )
    77,00€/night/ Single Standard or Superior single room
    145,00€/night / Junior Suite with sauna 1-2 persons
    The price includes taxes, buffet breakfast, WiFi-connection, sauna times separately for men and women, cleaning and 24/7 front desk. Book your room at info@hotellialba.fi. Please mention the code SUOMI23 when booking. Additional information can be found at www.hotellialba.fi.

  • Green star hotel Jyväskylä 
    With code KESAYO you get a discount price of 64 € /room (1-3 people, Rate valid when there is availability). Breakfast (10 €) not included in the price. A perfect option, if you would like to have a shared room with your course mates. If you are interested in stay here, but you are looking for people to share the room, contact the summer university office for advice and help.

  • Forenom Hostel Jyväskylä

  • Time Hostel & Apartments

  • AirBnB

Visit Jyväskylä Region has a long list of accommodation options on their website.

Accommodation in Kortepohja´s Student Village (ONLY POSSIBLE FOR THE SUMMER COURSE!)Kortepohja student village. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Soihtu Stay
Stay in Kortepohja student village's shared apartments (R- and S-houses)
Price: Will be updated later (Reservations are binding!)

Participants can reserve accommodation from Soihtu Stay in the apartments of Kortepohja Student Village. There are secured a tentative allotment of apartments / guest rooms in the Kortepohja Student Village, a well-known and popular student housing facility in the lush and culturally renowned neighbourhood of Kortepohja (about 2.5 kilometres / 1.5 miles from the main campus and the city centre). 

Each participant will have a study-bedroom with a shared kitchenette and bathroom. There is basic furniture in the rooms and they also include a blanket, pillow, bed linen and towels, and basic kitchenware. Also included in the room price is the possibility to use the Rentukka gym, sauna and laundry room Bubble.

The price for the entire stay is usually between 400-500 euros. The price for summer 2023 will be updated on this page later.

Soihtu Stay follows special Summer Unversity terms and conditions considering bookings, payments and cancellations. If you want to reserve accommodation from Soihtu Stay, make your reservation in the online booking system (link will be sent later to registered participants).

The booking is secured by immediate payment via the most usual bank cards and online banking accounts. The recipient of the payment is Jyväskylän yliopiston ylioppilaskunta (The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä) - the owner of Soihtu Stay Summer hotel business and the apartments of Kortepohja Student Village.

Soihtu Stay is not obligated to accommodate a customer with a special Summer University price after the reserving time has expired. The reservation can be cancelled according to the summer school terms and conditions which will be available in the reservation system. For any questions and requests, please contact stay@soihtu.fi.

Route from Kortepohja to Mattilanniemi (the course venue) on the map here: http://bit.ly/2DQNCPM 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Arriving in Jyväskylä

Most people travel to Finland on a plane. It is however possible to also take a ferry from Stockholm to Turku or Helsinki, from Tallinn to Helsinki or from Travemünde to Helsinki (Finnlines). Ferry companies operating between Stockholm/Tallinn and Helsinki are Viking Line and Silja Line. Eckerö Line operates only between Tallinn and Helsinki.

If you fly to Helsinki, you can get on the Jyväskylä train connecting easily directly from the airport with just one change of trains in less than 3,5 hours. Buy your tickets in the VR web shop here. You can find the VR mobile app at App Store or in Google Play store.

Bus is also a good option to travel to Jyväskylä. Check the long-distance bus schedules and prices here

Getting around in Jyväskylä

The public transport system in the Jyväskylä region is called Linkki. In the Jyväskylä regional public transportation buses you can pay either with Mobile ticket (Linkki App), cash or Waltti value card. Check the local transport trip planner for information on routes.

Biking is a perfect way of getting around in Jyväskylä in summertime. We offer our summer course participants a possibility to rent a bicycle from a local bike shop during the first course day. Make sure to follow Finnish traffic rules while biking and note, that cyclists are required to wear a protective helmet (Road Traffic Act section 92).

Campus and course venue

Kesäyliopiston toimisto

All Finnish lessons are held at the university campus. You can use this map to find buildings and classrooms: https://navi.jyu.fi/

Summer University's office can be found on the 3rd floor of the Agora-building.

Route from Soihtu Stay to Mattilanniemi (the course venue) on the map here: http://bit.ly/2DQNCPM