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The City of Vaasa offers experiences for students in October

Published: 12.10.2023

During week 43, the City of Vaasa is offering university students free or discounted city services, available by showing your student card. The Vaasa City Orchestra, Vaasa City Theatre, Wasa Teater, Vaasa City Museums, Vaasa Sports Services and the city’s public transport system, Lifti, are all participating in the week.

The City of Vaasa welcomes students to the city in the form of the Vaasa <3 Students Week. During this week, taking place from 23 to 29 October, all university students will have the opportunity to discover the services offered by the City of Vaasa free of charge or at a reduced price by showing their student card. The aim is to lower the threshold for students to discover the sports and cultural services that the city offers and to encourage them to discover Vaasa as a city.

Sport and culture – the keys to happiness

With around 13,000 university students, Vaasa is one of the largest student cities in Finland relative to its population. Students are a valuable resource for the city, maintaining its skills and youthfulness. By offering this opportunity, the City of Vaasa wants its strategic themes of happiness and well-being to be more clearly reflected in the everyday lives of the city’s students.

– The focus of Students’ Week is on sport and culture, which have been shown to increase well-being. This year, as a new feature, we have decided to offer students free group exercise classes in the city for the whole week, so it’s a great opportunity to try out different forms of exercise and stay active,” says Mika Lehtonen, Director of the City of Vaasa’s Sports Department.

Benefits and experiences to suit all tastes

Among the city’s service providers, the Vaasa City Orchestra, Vaasa City Theatre, Wasa Teater, Vaasa City Museums, Vaasa Sports Services and the city’s public transport system, Lifti, will be involved in the week. The wide range of services on offer will allow students to get to know the city and its cultural and sports facilities in great detail during the week.

The Vaasa City Orchestra will offer a pre-week concert PIAF – Paris, Mon Amour on Friday 27 October at a reduced student price. As a ticket benefit, two students can attend the concert for the price of one. The price of a joint ticket is €10. Tickets for the concert can be purchased on NetTicket with the student offer ticket type (”opiskelijatarjous”).

As a special offer from Vaasa City Theatre, students can see Mika Myllyaho’s play Kaaos for €15/student. Performances will take place on Thursday 26 October at 13 and 19 and Friday 27 October at 19.00. Students will also have the opportunity to buy tickets for the theatre’s musical Nunnia ja Konnia (transl. Sister Act) at a reduced price of €20/student. The offer applies to the performances on Saturday 28 October at 13 and 18. The lobby service fee and the theatre’s overall patch are included in the price of the tickets purchased. To book tickets, call 06 325 3961 or email The overall patch is handed to you at the box office, Pitkäkatu 53, 65100 Vaasa.

Wasa Teater is offering tickets for Vänd om min längtan – a new musical – at a reduced price of €20 per student. The offer is valid for performances on Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October. The performances are subtitled in Finnish, Swedish and English. Tickets at a reduced price can be purchased on Wasa Teater’s website.

For the duration of Vaasa <3 Students Week, the Vaasa City Museums are offering free admission for students to all museum exhibitions. The exhibitions are at the Tikanoja Art Museum, the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, the Ostrobothnian Museum and the Vaasa City Art Gallery. You can claim the benefit by showing your student card at the register. The following exhibitions and events are open in the museums:

  • Tikanoja Art Museum: Berndt Lindholm – Into the Landscape and 28 October scholar Teppo Jokinen’s specialist tour of the exhibition at 13.00.
  • Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art: Dimensions of a Line
  • Ostrobothnian Museum: Terranova natural science exhibition, Vaasa400 exhibition and, opening on 27 October, Roland Persson – Twisted Realities.
  • Vaasa City Art Gallery: Alexander Salvesen – Visibilis V and a meet-up with the artist on 29 October at 14.00

Vaasa Sports Services offers students free admission to the Vaasa Swimming Hall and its gym throughout the week, during their opening hours. This year, the benefits also include group exercise classes offered by the city. Students can attend free of charge to all the week’s group exercise classes. For more information on the group exercise classes of Vaasa <3 Students Week here.

The city’s public transport company, Lifti, is offering students a €6 discount on the normal price of student season tickets in the Waltti online shop during the week. The discount is valid for all zones. The discount can be redeemed in the online shop with the discount code Opiskelija. To use the discount code, the student must ensure that they have a valid student status and identify themselves as a student in the Waltti service. The discount is not available at Lifti customer service points, R-kiosks or Waltti mobile.