Thankfully, quite a few new hostels and budget hotels have popped up in Helsinki over the past five years or so. Accommodation is still pricier than in the city’s eastern European counterparts, but sleeping places are generally clean, well-staffed, and well-located throughout the city. A rule of thumb is that you stay in Kallio if you like grungy rock bars and somewhat ‘nouveau hipster’ hangouts, around Punavuori if you’re into slightly finer food, small, funky cafes and cute designy stores, and in the city centre if you just want quickest access to everything. But the truth is that these days pretty much every suburb of Helsinki hosts a diverse and interesting crowd and an endless range of things to do and see and you’re rarely, if ever, more than a 5min walk away from the speedy and efficient metro or regularly running trams and buses. It’s a very liveable city, and this holds true for tourists as well as locals.