Most of the exchange students at Oulu University of Applied Sciences are accommodated to Otokylä. Otokylä is about two kilometres from the city centre, and the bus connections are good. If you study in Oulu University of Applied Sciences, your way to school is not long. In the area there are excellent opportunities to exercise. Nearby there is a tennis court, a sawdust running track and an ice hockey ring. There is also a gym and club premises in the use of inhabitants of Otokylä. If you feel hungry and do not want to cook, there is a pizzeria just around the corner.
Finding nice, low-cost furniture can be hard. The cheapest way to get them is to go and look at jumble sales (kirpputori), Salvation army's sales (Pelastusarmeijan myymälä) and recycling centre (Kierrätyskeskus). From these places you can find a piece of furniture (like a sofa or an armchair) starting from 15€. There are also glasses, dishes, and all kind of things for cooking. At the recycling centre you can also buy a cheap computer. They are not very good, but if you need to have one for writing, this is a cheap solution.
Oulu's Recycling centre is in Toppila, Paakakatu 2 Map and it is open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
People in Finland are supposed to recycle their waste, or at least some of it. Recycling saves energy and cuts down the amount of waste that will end up to junkyards. While living in Finland, remember to recycle all your waste by separating recyclable materials. You can then take them to a recycling place, or if you do not have possibility to recycle all your waste there, take your waste to a public recycling point (ekopiste). You can find these places (bottle banks, paper banks...) in front of most all big super markets (for example, at Linnanmaa's and Raksila's super markets).
To help you to get started, there are some materials here that can be recycled quite easily.
These Materials are:
- Metal (washed old food cans, beer bottle caps, alumin cans, tools, but not batteries)
- Biological decomposing material (food, teabags)
- Plastic (washed plastic containers, wrappings, bottles)
- Cartons (sugar bags, egg-boxes, milk and juice packages etc)
- Magazines and newspapers
- Take returnable bottles back to groceries or to Alko.
- Glass (all clear and coloured glass jars, etc)
Further information on recycling and waste management in Oulu: