Study at Aalto

Studying at the Aalto campus

Aalto's main campus locates in the Helsinki metropolitan area, close to nature and the city buzz. The campus area offers an ideal environment for living, studying and leisure. Get to know the campus!
Aalto University campus building behind fresh green trees. Photo: Aalto University / Mikko Raskinen

The Aalto campus locates in Otaniemi, in the city of Espoo. Otaniemi is home to a lively community, and it could be even described as a small town with its excellent services from study hubs to restaurants and cafes, stores and sports facilities. The location is a perfect balance of vivid city life and nature: hop on a metro and travel to the heart of Helsinki in less than 15 minutes or head to the neighbouring nature reserve to catch some fresh air.

Unlike all the other study options offered at Aalto, The Bachelor’s Programme in International Business is offered in Mikkeli. Since the Mikkeli campus is much smaller than the main campus, it’s home to a tight-knit community, known for its “Mikkeli Spirit”, which also welcomes new students to the programme with open arms. 

Living and free time

Being a student in Otaniemi is a holistic experience since it’s possible to live, study, work and spend your free time all in the same treasure trove dedicated to students, academic life and a unique startup ecosystem. There’s even a term for never needing to leave Otaniemi – “otaantuminen”, becoming one with Otaniemi! 

Aalto University campus in the autumn

Housing for students

Learn more about accommodation for both short and long-term stay in Finland.

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Events, seminars, exhibitions, parties and meetings: Our lively campus connects people in all sorts of activities. Many events are also online. Which would you attend?

Three students sitting next to a wooden table, and studying. Two of them have laptops in front of them. Photo: Unto Rautio

Campus restaurants and cafés

Information on Aalto University campus restaurants and cafés. Please check each restaurant’s and café’s own website for information on exceptional opening hours.

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Aalto University Student Union (AYY) (external link)

AYY represents approximately 14,000 Aalto University students of arts, design, business and technology. AYY advocates for its members and offers them student apartments and services.

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Book a venue for your event at the Aalto University campus

Aalto University offers versatile and high-quality facilities for different kinds of events. More than 100 spaces are available and they are located on the Otaniemi campus.

Sports track on Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo.

Unisport Otaniemi (external link)

Along with a well-equipped gym and versatile exercise rooms, UniSport offers a wide selection of ball sports, group training classes as well as massage and personal training services. Student's best training buddy is the UniSport Training Card, which students can purchase at a lowered price.

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A Bloc (external link)

Shopping center A Bloc is the beating heart and the main meeting place of the Otaniemi campus with its restaurants, cafés and other services. Finland's most innovative shopping center is located in connection with the Aalto University metro station.

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A Blanc (external link)

Renewed shopping centre A Blanc on the edge of Alvarinaukio is the second service concentration on the campus. A Blanc offers local services to support everyday life, as well as meeting places with restaurants, stores and office space.

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A Grid (external link)

A Grid is one of the largest centers for growth companies in Northern Europe, housing e.g. startups and accelerators. Find a space for your company!

Navigating around the campus

Aalto offers various spaces for teaching, studying and free time purposes. Take a virtual tour to deep dive into the campus or check out the maps to find information on specific spaces. 

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Virtual Campus Experience (external link)

Explore Aalto University’s campus from anywhere in the world! Our digital guides, an Aalto University student and an assistant professor, introduce you to our learning facilities, laboratories, workshops, service spots and outdoor spaces. The tour can be experienced on desktop, mobile or VR headset.

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Campus maps, addresses and opening hours in Otaniemi

Here you will also find restaurants, the Aalto Space mobile app, access control - all practical information on one page! You can also visit the campus virtually.

Students dancing to celebrate the opening of the semester on Aalto campus.
Aalto Day One event 2019 in Otaniemi, photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

See social media content from our students!

  1. Snapchat
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  3. Youtube: Student vlogs

Chat with Aalto students

Are you wondering what it is like to study at Aalto University? Or what student life is like at Aalto’s vibrant Otaniemi Campus or at the Mikkeli Unit? Come chat with our students about all things Aalto!

Chat with our students!
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Get to know Finland and Aalto

Finland’s excellent reputation in education, combined with a wide range of courses offered in English, makes Finland and Aalto University an attractive study destination for international students.

Learn more about Finland and Aalto!
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Campus news

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Two new buildings to be built in the centre of Otaniemi campus

Building Otakaari 2A & 2B begins in January 2022, construction to be completed by summer 2023

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A student centre will be built as a joint meeting place for Aalto University students

The building, to be built at the heart of the campus, will be implemented as a joint effort by student organisations and the university.

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Entrepreneurial buzz, just a click away – virtual tour and other top picks from the Aalto startup community

The entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem tour allows users to experience our university's entrepreneurial buzz from anywhere.

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Colliding students and startups in A Grid’s Omnia Makerspace

Omnia Makerspace was launched in startup hub A Grid’s first floor opposite Restaurant Factory in April 2019. Since then, the space has evolved from an empty basement into a flourishing workspace where students and startups collide.

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The origin of the name Otaniemi is a mystery

What gave the university campus area its name?

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Kuntokeskus Liikku opens a fitness club in A Bloc

A spacious and bright Kuntokeskus Liikku fitness club will be opened on the second floor of shopping center A Bloc in early 2022.

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