Visiting us

Central Finland and the City of Jyväskylä are situated in the heart of the beautiful Finnish lake district. Thousands of students head to this lively, youthful region every year to study in the numerous educational institutions located in the area.

Silhouette of Jyväskylä

A cradle of education – Jyväskylä was the first place in Finland to acquire a Finnish language grammar school, a teacher training college for primary school teachers and a school for girls. The city encourages lifelong learning.

  • Population 270 000 in Central Finland, of which roughly 140 000 in the city of Jyväskylä. Population growth is among Finland’s fastest.
  • A youthful and innovative city. Every third person is here to study. Approximately 42 000 student in total.
  • Important industrial area and one of five centres of growth in Finland.
  • Special expertise in information and communications technology, paper industry, energy technology, wireless technology, and nanotechnology

How to get to Jyväskylä and Jämsä

If you arrive to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport: From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport you can either take a train or a bus. You should take a local train P and first go to Tikkurila station where you need to change a train to Jyväskylä / Jämsä. You can buy tickets at the station or in the train. You can buy train tickets here.

Express buses to Jyväskylä and Jämsä leave directly from the airport. The bus trip will take around 4hrs depending on the route. You can buy bus tickets here. See also cheaper Onni bus connections. A direct connection to Jyväskylä leaves from Helsinki city centre (Kamppi bus station). Please note that Onni bus doesn’t currently have a direct connection from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Jyväskylä (only transfer connection via Tampere), but it is usually the cheapest way to travel. You can buy tickets here.

If you arrive to Tikkakoski Airport (Jyväskylä) you have to order a taxi in advance to take you to Jyväskylä city centre. Taxi costs about 35-45 euros depending on the time of the day. Call: +3581006900


There are many nice accommodation possibilities in Jyväskylä. For more information check out the webpages of Visit Jyväskylä.


There is a free Wi-Fi Connection at the Gradia campuses as well as in the Residence Halls. Instructions can be found on the information boards. Eduroam is also available at Gradia campuses.

At the College and at libraries, there are also free Wi-Fi connections. Many coffee shops provide free Wi-Fi for their customers.

Jyväskylä - City of Light

City of Culture and Alvar Aalto

Heard and said: If Jyväskylä were a person