Leaving Tampere at the end of the semester?

Every exchange or degree study period comes to an end at some point and we hope that when it does, you have collected many great memories in Finland!

When preparing to leave Tampere, you may discover that you have not only a lot of memories but also some stuff in good condition that can still be used... But you are not allowed to leave behind anything in your apartment and your suitcase is already packed with plenty of clothes and personal things!

What now? Don’t throw away your stuff - Let’s recycle!

In December 2019, the ESN FINT Recycling team went all around Tampere to collect reusable and clean items from exchange student buildings – among them were duvets, pillows, mattresses, dishes & cutlery, electronics, decorative items and even furniture! Most of these things we handed back out to incoming students at the beginning of this year and free of charge!

Since we move so much in our program we cannot carry many decor items for ourselves. When I got to Tampere I had a huge white room with only standard furniture. It felt weird and not like home. I got a fluffy carpet anda blanket at ESN FINT that made the room feel more like me.

Flávia Colus, Exchange student at TUNI

"I'm grateful for the donation activities that ESN FINT has organized. I took a few small but useful items like zipper bags, batteries, hand towels, and a blanket! As an exchange student who is only living here for a short period, it's not always practical for me to buy new stuff. ESN FINT has done a great job in helping students, recycling and reducing wastage."

- Abbie Loi, Exchange student at TUNI


We are currently building a cooperation with TOAS hoping to get a permanent storage room for these reusable items and some assistance for the logistics. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we were not able to do our collection tour as planned in the spring term 2020 - but we will be back in the autumn term! Collection dates will be announced here and on our social media channels. 

If you want to improve your environmental footprint and do the next generation of incoming students in Tampere a favour, don’t throw your precious items in the bin but give them to us for recycling! If you are interested in helping us with this project, definitely get in touch! (sustainability.officer@esnfint.org)

Smaller items and kitchen stuff as well as bed sheets can also be brought to our clubroom. The latter two can be given to new students in the form of our starting kits!


Just arrived in Tampere?

Do you need kitchenware or bedroom sets?

You can get those from ESN FINT during our Starting Kits service hours at the beginning of the semester.

Are you in search of a nice second-hand lamp? Or free stuff to decorate your room?

Check out the useful stuff left behind by exchange students leaving Tampere! We have our “Recycling & donation time” events at the beginning of the semester where you can get all sorts of second-hand items for free! Tampere University also has a recycling room where you can leave & take clean, useful stuff that is in good condition.

In the university’s recycling room (not the ESN FINT recycling/storage room) you can leave: bed sheets, bed linen, dishes, cutlery, lamps, clothes, shoes, electronic appliances etc.

Do not leave: Groceries, hazardous waste, broken electronic appliances.

The university recycling room is in the city center main building room E105 - check out the picture below on how to get there, or see this video. In case it's locked, you can ask someone in the offices around if they can open it.