Healthcare for exchange students

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EU/EEA  and UK citizens can use public health care services and those with a private health insurance can make use of the private health care providers. Finnish student health services (FSHS) are not available for exchange students. 

In life threatening emergencies always call the general emergency number 112. In acute, but not life threatening situations see instructions below.

All exchange students: Urgent and emergency care, city of Helsinki

Please contact your nearest local health station if you have a health concern, experience sudden symptoms or need support for the treatment of a long-term illness. At health stations, urgent care services are available on weekdays at 8:00-16:00.

Bring your insurance card (European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) and or private insurance card. It is good to have either a student card or your certificate of student status with you too. 

In evenings, at weekends and on national holidays, you can go to the Malmi Joint Emergency Department or the Meilahti Joint Emergency Department:

Visiting address                               Visiting address

Haartman Hospital                           Malmi Hospital

Haartmaninkatu 4                            Talvelantie 6                                           

Please call the free Medical Helpline number 116 117 before visiting a health station or emergency department.

Here you find information on emergency dental care

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call the emergency number 112.

Helsinki city's emergency care instructions


EU/EEA and UK citizens: Helsinki city's Student Health Care (non-urgent)

Helsinki city's Student Health Care, Central reception

Always call and book an appointment!

Public Health Nurse Heidi Leppänen

tel. +358 40 6624166

Booked appointments only!

Please call and make an appointment.

Reception: Monday – Friday (during Finnish office hours)

Address: Mechelininkatu 46. Entrance through A-stairs elevator to 4th floor (Across Post office entrance). The glass door on the 4 th floor is locked. Ring the doorbell and the doorman will let you in. 

Student Health Care provides:

  • Health checks according to individual needs
  • Mental health and substance abuse services
  • Promotion of sexual health
  • Prevention of infectious diseases: vaccinations (national vaccination programme)
  • Assessing the need for treatment

Non-EU/EEA citizens (non-urgent)

You have been required to obtain a private health care insurance to obtain a residence permit. Here are examples of the private health care stations you can use: 

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