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City Center

New Student House

Address: Mannerheimintie 5 A

The New Student House is actually already more than 100 years old. The name is in contrast to the Old Student House next to it, built 40 years earlier. Since its construction, the building has served the students as a venue for countless parties, meetings, hangouts, and whatever you can imagine.

The New Student House is used for conference check-in and breakfasts.

Omena-Hotelli Lönnrotinkatu

Address: Lönnrotinkatu 13

University of Helsinki Main Building

Address: Unioninkatu 34 (Old side), Fabianinkatu 33 (New side)

The historical University of Helsinki Main Building is the hub for the scientific programme at the city center. Note that two entrances are used on different occasions. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are on the old side of the building, accessed from the Senate Square side. The Poster Day programme, including the Student Lectures and Guest Lecture, is on the new side, accessed from the Fabianinkatu side.

Helsinki City Hall

Address: Sofiankatu 1-3 (lunches and dinners), Pohjoisesplanadi 11 (City Reception)

The restaurant in the inner yard of the City Hall is used for the lunches and dinners when the programme is at the city center. The more solemn side of the City Hall is experienced during the City Reception, when the entrance is from the Market Square side.

Party Venues


Address: Simonkatu 9 (Narinkkatori)

Maxine is a night club located in the 6th floor of the Kamppi Shopping Center. The venue offers splendid views over the city of Helsinki. Entrance from the side of the shopping center, at the corner of the square. Maxine serves as the venue for the Welcoming Evening and the Costume Party.

How to get there: Only a few blocks away from the New Student House or accommodation. From the Opening Ceremony, follow the Aleksanterinkatu to the New Student House, follow the Mannerheimintie for one block and cross it at the corner of the Forum shopping mall (Simonkatu).


Address: Itämerenkatu 21

Until 22.00, Ruohis can be accessed through the Shopping Center Ruoholahti.

How to get there: Take the metro to “Ruoholahti” station (2 stops west from the Central Railway Station). After exiting the station, you will see a shopping mall ahead of you, on the opposite side of the street Itämerenkatu. Look for ICPS flags or volunteers to guide you into the party venue.


Address: Iso Puistotue 1 (Kaivopuisto)

Designed by architect Carl Engel, the restaurant of Kaivohuone was opened in 1838 and has since entertained the high society near the center of Helsinki. The restaurant building of an old spa is located in amidst the green nature of Kaivopuisto and right next to the sea.

How to get there: It is a 20 minute walk from the Closing Ceremony. Go past the market square (the right side) and follow the coastline south until you see a ferry terminal (Olympiaterminaali). Then turn left and follow Laivasillankatu until there you see a church, where you have to turn left into the Kaivopuisto park and you are almost there. Alternatively, you can take tram 2 from the Senaatintori stop to the Olympiaterminaali stop.

Kumpula Campus

Address: Gustaf Hällströminkatu 2

About 5 km to the north of the city center, lies the largest cluster of scientific competence in the Nordic countries, including all the physics related fields of the University of Helsinki. We will spend the Thursday of the conference on the campus, The programme is distributed between three buildings:

  • Exactum (plenary talk, start of the lab tours)
  • Physicum (start of the city tours)
  • Chemicum (lunch)

How to get there: You can take either a tram or a bus to get to the Kumpula campus from the city center. Both should get you to Kumpula in about 30 minutes.

  • Tram 6 ​east (the tram stop on the opposite side of the tram tracks ​from ​in front of the Main Railway Station),
  • Buses 75, 77, 78, 717(A), 718, 722, 724, 731, 738(K), 739(V), 765, 785(K), 786, 787(A) ​and 788(K) ​from the Railway Square next to the Main Railway Station.

Depart at stop “Kumpulan kampus”, right after a long bridge across the green valley of Vallila. Then cross the large road and take stairs to the left path (“integral path”) uphill and you will soon reach the campus. You should also see our volunteers on the Railway Square and in the Kumpula end making sure you don’t get lost.

Otaniemi Campus

About 5 km to the west from the city center, you can find the other center of scientific expertise and technology companies, the Otaniemi Campus of the Aalto University​. We will spend the Friday and Saturday of the conference in Otaniemi, including the night programme (but excluding the accommodation and breakfast).

How to get there: By far the easiest way to reach Otaniemi is to take a metro from the Central Railway Station, which will take you to “Aalto-yliopisto / Aalto University” station in a bit more than 10 minutes. Take the exit A from the station and you are at the heart of the campus, right next to the Aalto Undergraduate Center.

Aalto Undergraduate Center

Address: Otakaari 1, Espoo

The Aalto University Undergraduate Centre was formerly the main building of the Helsinki University of Technology and it was designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto. After the Formation of Aalto University it serves as a multidisciplinary facility for all Aalto students from different schools.


Address: Otakaati 24, Espoo

Dipoli is the main building of Aalto University, opened in 1966. Dipoli was initially built and owned by the Student Union who sold it to Aalto University in 2014. The building uses extensively materials from Finnish nature, such as pine wood, copper, and natural rocks. Dipoli has 500 windows of which only four are identical.

Urban Mill & Aalto Design Factory

Address: Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, Espoo (Urban Mill), Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, Espoo (Aalto Design Factory)

Urban Mill is a venue for events and a smart co-working space for entrepreneurs and developers situated in at the heart of Aalto University campus. Aalto Design Factory (ADF) is an interdisciplinary product design and learning hub uniting students, teachers, researchers, and industry, situated next to the Urban Mill.

Smökki & Täffä

Address: Jämeräntaival 4, Espoo (Smökki), Otakaari 22, Espoo (Täffä)

More formally known as Servin Mökki, a legendary party venue in Otaniemi that has served technology and engineering students since 1952. In ICPS 2018, we will host half of the sitsit and the afterparty here.

Täffä is a venue owned by the swedish speaking society of Aalto, the Teknologföreningen. Teknologföreningen is the only student nation at the Aalto University and its primary purpose is to unite students interested in speaking the Swedish language. Other half of the sitsit will be hosted here.


  • Rantasauna: Vastaranta, Espoo (Behind Jämeräntaival 5)
  • OK20: Otakaari 20, Espoo
  • Ossinsauna: Otakaari 18

Mobile saunas around the Otaniemi campus

West Harbour – Länsisatama

Address: Terminal 2, Tyynenmerenkatu 14

The optional trIp to Tallinn starts from Helsinki’s West Harbour (Länsisatama) Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is located at the end of West Harbour.

How to get there: From the breakfast, it is a 40 minute walk to the terminal (35 from the accommodation). Just follow the Lönnrotinkatu past the accommodation until you reach the sea at Hietalahti. Then go a bit right to get across a bridge and continue along the coastline or Tyynenmerenkatu until the very end of the island.

Alternatively you can take the tram 7 from in front of the Central Railway Station to the stop Länsiterminaali T2 in about 15 minutes. Note that there is a rush hour on Tuesday morning so the trams might be full. Also the ticket provided by the ICPS is not valid any more at this point.