|Type||University of applied sciences (polytechnic)|
It offers classes mostly in Swedish, but also in English. Since 2004, it is located in the campus in Arabianranta, Helsinki. Before 2004, it was located in three campuses: two in Helsinki (in Alppila and Lauttasaari) and one in Espoo (in Pohjois-Tapiola).
The students' union is Arcada Student Union (ASK) which is a member of the Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (SAMOK), Erasmus Student Network (ESN), the regional organisation Opiskelijan Uusimaa – Studerandes Nyland, and Swedish-speaking organisation Svenska Studerandes Intresseförening (SSI).
Arcada was established in 1996 as a merger of the Swedish Institute of Health Care Education (Sjukis), the Swedish Institute of Commercial Education (Lilla Hanken), the Institute of Technology (Verket) and the Folkhälsan Institute of Social Education.
The Arcada Foundation holds various funds which contribute to the funding of Arcada university and other initiatives, including the deriving from a 1924 donation by Arvid Fabian Lindstedt (A.F. Lindstedts & Svenska handelsinstitutets fond för handelsutbildning).