Forssa is a cozy small town located in the middle of the beautiful Häme region in Southern Finland and only an hour’s drive from Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, as well as two other main cities, Tampere and Turku.
Forssa Campus is the westernmost of HAMK’s campuses and it is located on historical Spinning Mill Area right in the heart of Forssa. Campus is easily reachable on foot or by bike and if you have a car, there is a free parking at the campus area.
Forssa Campus offers four bachelor’s degree programmes taught in Finnish and one bachelor’s degree programme in English. The campus is study and work environment for around 800 students and 34 staff members.
Arrival guide to campus
Here you can find more information and advice for your travels to Forssa. Please notice that Forssa has a bus station, but closest railway stations are located in Hämeenlinna and Humppila.
When planning your travels, you can use the transportation services listed below. Some links are also added to the more detailed instructions.
- Travel by bus: Matkahuolto I Onnibus
- Travel by train: Finnish Railways VR
- Local taxi service: Taxi Häme (24/7 taxi reservation at +358 (0)100 0700).
In Finland, you can purchase discounted student tickets when you take public transportation. However, please notice that you need to have a valid student card with you when traveling to proof your student status.
Travelling from Helsinki Airport to Forssa (direct)
When traveling to Forssa from Helsinki Airport as directly as possible, the first step is to take a local bus or local train from the airport to Helsinki City Centre. Both options – bus or train – take you to Helsinki Railway Station. You can find more information about transportation options, schedules and prices on HSL’s webpage (public transport for Helsinki region).
From Helsinki City Centre it is easiest to continue your journey to Forssa by bus. It takes approx. 10 minutes to walk from the railway station to Kamppi Bus Station which is bus terminal for long-distance buses. From Kamppi Bus Station you can take direct bus to Forssa. The journey takes about 2 hours and the cost is around €15-20. For more information about the bus schedules and travel details, please visit Matkahuolto Bus Services or Onnibus Services. You will arrive to Forssa Bus Station in Forssa Town Centre.
Travelling from Helsinki Airport to Forssa (via Hämeenlinna)
Another option is to travel to Forssa via Hämeenlinna. In this case it is advisable to take the train connection from Helsinki Airport to Hämeenlinna, with a change in Tikkurila train station. The train station entrance is located at the airport, between terminals 1 and 2. The journey takes about 1.5 hours (depending on the changing time in Tikkurila), and costs from €8 to €30, depending on the type of train. The seat is included in the train ticket (unless you want to change to a priced seat). Please check the timetables, prices and other information from the web site of Finnish Railways VR. Train tickets are not sold on the trains, so you need to buy train tickets beforehand, otherwise you can get a €80 fine.
From Hämeenlinna your travel to Forssa continues by bus. There are some bus connections to Forssa which leave from the railway station, but otherwise you might need to either take a taxi or walk to bus station. It takes approx. 20 minutes to walk about 1,5 km from Hämeenlinna Railway Station to Hämeenlinna Bus Station. The journey takes about 1 hour and cost is around €10. For more information about the bus schedules and travel details, please visit Matkahuolto Bus Services or Onnibus Services. You will arrive to Forssa Bus Station in Forssa Town Centre.
Travelling from Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to Forssa
If you are traveling to Forssa from Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, the first step is to take a local bus (number 103) from the airport to Tampere City Centre. You can search for schedules and prices on Nysse Service (public transportation for Tampere region). Please note – when searching for route information, you might need to write information to “From” and “To” fields in Finnish accordingly: From – Lentoasema, Pirkkala (Pirkkala Airport), To – Linja-autoasema, Tampere (Tampere Bus Station) or Rautatieasema, Tampere (Tampere Railway Station) depending on the continuation of your journey.
You can continue your travel from Tampere to Forssa either by bus or combining train and bus connections.
When planning to continue your travel by bus, please visit Matkahuolto Bus Services or Onnibus Services for bus schedules and travel details. The journey from Tampere Bus Station to Forssa takes about 1,5-2,5 hours and costs approx. €10-20 depending on your route. You may have to change buses. You will arrive to Forssa Bus Station in Forssa Town Centre.
When planning to continue your travel by combining train and bus connections, you have two options. You can travel by train to either Hämeenlinna or Humppila. In both cases your travel to Forssa still continues by busand you will arrive to Forssa Bus Station in Forssa Town Centre.
- Hämeenlinna-Forssa: There are some bus connections to Forssa which leave from the Hämeenlinna railway station, but otherwise you might need to either take a taxi or walk to bus station. It takes approx. 20 minutes to walk about 1,5 km from Hämeenlinna Railway Station to Hämeenlinna Bus Station. The journey takes about 1 hour and cost is around €10.
- Humppila-Forssa: There are bus connections from Humppila station to Forssa. The journey takes about 35 minutes and cost is around €7-10.
You can find the train timetables from Finnish Railways VR. For the bus schedules and other travel details, please visit Matkahuolto Bus Services or Onnibus Services.
In case you are arriving by car, below you can find some basic instructions for driving to Forssa. Information about parking can be found on campus map.
Driving instructions to campus from Helsinki (via Road 2)
Drive towards Turku/Pori (Road 1/2/E18). Take the exit n:o 26 towards Pori (Road 2). As you reach Forssa built-up area, take the exit towards Pilvenmäki / Ravirata to your right. Turn left at the end of the ramp. Drive along Rautatienkatu until roundabout, take the second exit (continue straight ahead). At the next junction turn right to Wahreninkatu, towards Kehräämöalue / Ammattikorkeakoulu.
Driving instructions to campus from Tampere (via Road 9/E63 and 2)
Drive towards Helsinki/Turku (Road 3/9/E12/E63). Take the exit n:o 32 Towards Turku (Road 9/E63). Turn right at the junction towards Helsinki/Forssa/Humppila (Road 2). Drive towards Forssa along Road 2. As you reach the Forssa built-up area, take exit towards Pilvenmäki / Ravirata to your right. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Drive along Rautatienkatu until roundabout, take the second exit (continue straight ahead). At the next junction turn right to Wahreninkatu, towards Kehräämöalue / Ammattikorkeakoulu.
Driving instructions to campus from Hämeenlinna (via Road 10)
Drive towards Turku (road 10). Drive until you reach Forssa built-up area and turn left towards Forssa at first traffic lights. Drive along Turuntie street until roundabout, take the third exit (turn left). At the next junction turn right to Wahreninkatu, towards Kehräämöalue / Ammattikorkeakoulu.
Driving instructions to campus from Turku (via Road 10)
Drive towards Hämeenlinna (Road 10). Drive under a moto Drive until you reach Forssa built-up area (you will drive past ABC service station. After driving under a bridge, turn right at the traffic lights towards Forssa. Drive along Turuntie street until a roundabout, take the third exit (turn left). At the next junction turn right to Wahreninkatu, towards Kehräämöalue / Ammattikorkeakoulu.
Services at the campus
The Forssa Campus Library provides library services that are open to all students. The library is located on 2nd floor. There is one group work room located in the library, that can be used by students. Read more about library services: Library.
There are classrooms, rooms for study or group work as well as common spaces and lounge areas that can be used for group work, meetings or independent studying. You can book a room for self-studies, group work or meetings via Tuudo.
The campus has a restaurant that serves meals at affordable student prices. Read more about campus restaurants and meals and familiarize yourself with our Restaurant Kostholli. Menu can be found via Tuudo. Please note that only Restaurant Kostholli offers meals at discounted student price.
In addition to our campus restaurant there is also another restaurant located in the Spinning Mill Area, Restaurant Vanha värjäri. Menus and services can be found on their webpage.
If you have any questions about practical information concerning your studies, you can go to the Student Services office. The Student Services Office is located on the 3rd floor of building, room 3013 (turn right from the elevator, door on the right). Read more: Student Services
Student association FAMKO
Local student association FAMKO has an office you can visit on Forssa campus. The office is located on the 4th floor, room 4010 (room is on your right when entering the 4th floor from the elevator). The office is open on Mondays and Fridays from 10 to 12 during autumn and spring semesters. Read more about the association, activities and how to become a member: FAMKO
There are no HAMK sports facilities on Forssa campus, but FAMKO organizes sports activities for Forssa students. Learn more on FAMKO’s webpage about Sports in Forssa.
Student health care
Students in Finnish universities of applied sciences are entitled to Finnish Student Health Service FSHS after they pay a health care fee to Kela (Finnish Social and Health Care Services). The health care fee is compulsory. You can get more advice from the campus Student Services. For more information, see also: Student Health Care HAMK
Student wellbeing and individual arrangements
HAMK’s Student Wellbeing services are available for all HAMK students. Student Wellbeing team consists of Study Psychologist, Special Needs Teacher, Student Welfare Officer and Coordinator of Sport Services. Wellbeing team is located in Hämeenlinna University Centre, but appointments can be arranged virtually (Zoom, Teams) or also face to face on Forssa campus.
Read more about wellbeing services on Student Wellbeing webpage and familiarize yourself with accessibility and individual arrangements in case these topics concern you.
In addition to services mentioned above, some services are available remotely: IT services, international mobility services at HAMK International, Student union HAMKO.
Accessibility of the campus area
Entrance accessibility and elevator locations
All learning spaces on Forssa Campus are located in one building with four entrance ways – AB, C, D-D and I. Entrances are visible on Forssa campus map.
Forssa campus building is accessible, although in some spaces upgrades are needed and are still to be implemented.
C – The HAMK main entrance is accessible. The closest elevator is located on the right, next to the door. This entrance is mainly at HAMK’s use.
D-D – The entrance is accessible. The closest elevator is located at C entrance. You can find the elevator by turning left and entering the staircase. Elevator is on your left side. The entrance is mainly at HAMK’s use.
Other entrances available:
AB – Entrance is accessible. The closest elevator is located on the right, just around a corner next to a staircase. Take the elevator to 3rd floor. Please note that you cannot enter to HAMK learning spaces on 1st, 2nd or 4th floor directly through this entrance.
This entrance way is the main entrance for the Spinning Mill area main building, and it is used by others as well.
I – Entrance is located close to Uittotie and river Loimijoki on the other side of the building. Entrance is accessible. After entering the building, you need to turn right and enter the corridor. Turn left and go towards a wheelchair ramp. Enter the door and elevator is on your left side. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor. Please note that you cannot enter to HAMK learning spaces on 1st, 2nd or 4th floor directly through this entrance.
There are parking spots that are reserved for people with specials needs arriving at the campus by car. There is one parking spot located next to HAMK main entrance C (route to the parking spot via Kehräämökuja) and two parking spots located near the entrance I on the other side of the building.
Learning spaces accessibility
Learning spaces (classrooms, study or group work rooms, common spaces) for students are accessible.
However, it is good to know that there are some general elements which effect on accessibility. For example, elevator doors as well as fire doors in corridors are quite heavy and not automated, and there are also some occasional higher doorsteps, which might cause some inconvenience.
You can find accessible bathrooms on 1st and 4th floor.
1st floor accessible bathroom is located at the D-D entrance, to the left of the entry door.
4th floor accessible bathroom can be found by turning right from the elevator and entering the corridor. First turn right and take left turn at first possibility. Accessible bathroom is on your left.
Accessibility of our Digi Services
HAMK is committed to observing accessibility standards of online resources. Our objective is to maintain a website that is technically accessible and understandable in terms of its contents and that is clear and easy to use for all types of users. For more information, read more: HAMK accessibility summary.
If you need help with navigating the campus, you can contact:
Caretaker and Teaching Assistant
Puh. +358 50 470 1662
If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of our Digi Services, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access control to the campus building
Air view of Forssa campus
Filming: Matias Sahinoja and Aleksi Ritakallio, Sustainable development (YSKENU14A2).
A video showing off city of Forssa for international students. In co-operation with Forssan Yrityskehitys Oy and HAMK