Nearly 8,000 young and adult university students study at the Skinnarila Campus, which has a total of 18,000 residents, in the western part of the city. The campus is located on the shore of Lake Saimaa and the students have given it the nickname of Skinnarila Free State. All of the teaching facilities and most of the daily services, needed by the students, can be found under one roof. It is approximately 7 km from the city centre. Buses run between the city centre and the campus every 15 minutes, and increase to every 5 to 10 minutes during rush hours.
Years and even decades later, Lappeenranta graduates fondly remember the unique sense of community at the campus, the “Skinnarila spirit”.