From Beijing to Helsinki – 23-year-old Dani found home away from home

Thousands of new students are migrating to all cities with universities and there simply is not enough housing for students. Dani opted for the more effortless and less stressful way to get herself an accommodation in Helsinki.

Are you thinking about finishing your studies or doing an exchange semester in Finland? Like you can imagine, autumns are always the most challenging time to try to find oneself a convenient accommodation in Helsinki or in other bigger cities in Finland: thousands of new students are migrating to all cities with universities and there simply is not enough housing for students. Dani, a 23-year-old student from Beijing, China, decided to do her Master’s degree of Fine Arts in Helsinki and she opted for the more effortless and less stressful way to get herself an accommodation in Helsinki. 

 

What brings a 23-year old woman from China to Finland? 

Dani had visited Finland already before her studies and it was the unpolluted Finnish nature and Finnish design that made her fall in love with the country and return to Scandinavia to finish her studies. When she received her admission letter from Aalto University, in the same letter there was also a recommendation to consider Forenom as one of the accommodation options in Helsinki. It was an easy choice for Dani to opt for Forenom: the Aparthotel in Kamppi, where she is staying, is located in the heart of Helsinki. The buzz and the vibrations of the city are right there around the corner waiting for her. Also, whenever she feels like shopping for Finnish design or international brands, the best boutiques and the biggest shopping malls are around the Kamppi Aparthotel, within a 5-minute walk. In addition, most campuses of University of Helsinki and Aalto University are within a walking distance or a short bus ride.

Mist over Finnish forest

Finding the ideal accommodation makes a difference 

Besides the location of the Aparthotel, Dani also loves the fact that cleaning, linen change and fresh towels every fortnight are included in the package when living in a Forenom Aparthotel for a longer period. This means comfort to your everyday life: you don’t need to worry about getting a vacuum cleaner, mop or other cleaning equipment for your study abroad period, since we already got the cleaning part sorted for you! In case you feel like tidying up your room in between the free cleanings, there is cleaning equipment for the customers to use at the Aparthotel provided by Forenom. Also one of Dani’s favorite things about the Aparthotel are the hosts at the lobby. She says that the hosts are great at the Kamppi Aparthotel since they are young and hence easy to communicate with whenever she feels like chatting to someone about her day or has a problem that needs to be solved.

 

Helsinki – a quiet metropolitan

So, are you still hesitant about packing your bags and experiencing the Finnish student life? You should not, because, like Dani says, Helsinki is a metropolitan but quiet at the same time: The city is a well-balanced mixture of both sides. On one hand, you’re able to give space to your soul in the nearby forests but at the same time there are many “big city” things to do in Helsinki, like culture and shopping. Why not come and see yourself the hearty Finnish people, the simplicity of the Scandinavian life-style and the high-quality university education and thus gain yourself an unforgettable experience?

Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland