Weather and clothing
Finland is two different places in winter and summer. Summer is fairly reliably dry and warm, although by August things can already begin to get chilly.
Of course, winters are cold, but the cold is dry, which makes the low temperatures more tolerable. In most parts of Finland snow first falls in November and clears by the end of April. In Finland the weather can vary greatly during one day, first sunshine, then rain. Rapid changes in the weather are a characteristic feature from one day to the next.
The best character in Finnish climate is that Finland has four different seasons; autumn, winter, spring and summer. Autumn begins around late-August in North-Karelia. The daily temperature remains below 15 Celcius. Autumn can have quite heavy rain fall but on the sunny days you can enjoy the beauty of the Autumn colours! In winter the snow falls in November and clears by the end of April. Daily temperatures vary from 0 Celsius to freezing – 30 Celsius in the winter months. Winter clothing is needed to protect from the cold. Ears, fingers, toes or cheeks that have been exposed to freezing temperatures can get badly frostbitten, so one absolutely needs proper gloves/mittens, stocking cap, warm socks. Also proper winter boots are needed since the ground is covered with ice and is very slippery. Finnish buildings have three glazed windows and central heating; therefore it is not cold in the apartments no matter how cold it is outside.
In spring the daily temperature rises from 0 Celsius to 10 Celsius. Amount of daily light increases and snow begins to melt off. In North-Karelia spring becomes visible in April-May. Summer usually begins in June and lasts until early September. The highest daytime temperature can rise up to 25 Celsius. During the summer it never gets dark and in the northern Finland the sun does not set. Summer weather can vary greatly; during daytime the sun shines and showers, accompanied by thunder, can moisten the ground.
A bicycle is a very practical and popular form of transportation in Joensuu and also a good way to familiarise yourself with the town. The bus fare for travel within the Joensuu city area is 3,20 euros. For travel outside Joensuu you are eligible for special student rates, provided that you are travelling for a minimum distance of 80 km. Read more >>
During the orientation days you will get the username and password for access to the Internet at Karelia University of Applied Sciences.
Most student flats are equipped with a computer network connection. Please ask Joensuun Elli Student Housing Office for more information.
Wireless (mobile) internet access
Mobile connections are available from R kiosks, DNA, Elisa, Saunalahti and Sonera shops.
Postal services in some areas are available in local stores which are open also on Saturdays. You can buy stamps at some stores and kiosks.
Incoming mail is delivered to your address Monday through Friday. There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or on public holidays.
Finland's area code is +358. Note that the first number of the area code (often 0) is usually omitted.
A pre-paid card is a good option for persons who only stay in the country for a short period of time. When buying a pre-paid SIM-card no deposit is required, but the call charges are a bit more expensive than normally. You can purchase pre-paid SIM-cards at e.g. R-kiosks.
International newspapers and magazines are sold in local bookshops, supermarkets and R-kiosks. Also use the opportunity to read international newspapers and magazines in the libraries (Karelia UAS Library, Library of the University of Eastern Finland and City Library). The Libraries offer a wide range of books in several languages.