One of the best things studying at the University of Helsinki is its active community of students, the Student Union of University of Helsinki (HYY). All degree students are members of HYY, and exchange students are also warmly welcome to join and enjoy the benefits of membership!
Student Card, Member Benefits and Member Services
As a member of HYY Student Union, you may order the only official Student Card in Finland! The Student Card provides you with numerous discounts, including VR national railway, Matkahuolto long distance bus services and inexpensive student meals in student restaurants and cafés from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. The Student Card makes student life easy and fun!
More information about the Student Card and how to order it from frank.fi.
Members of HYY are provided with free or highly affordable health care services by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSFH).
HYY also looks after students’ interests at the university and in society and gives advice when needed.
Find out more about HYY member benefits and services.
Friends and Activities
HYY Student Union is the university students’ own community. HYY organizes several student events throughout the academic year, from Opening Carnival and Freshman Adventure to HYY Anniversary Week and the celebrations of May Day.
Find out more about HYY’s events.
The student organisation culture in Helsinki is exceptionally rich and diverse. More than 250 different student organisations operate within HYY, and they organise thousands of events every year. Join the fun and get to know other international students as well as Finnish students!
Find out more about HYY's student organizations.
How to Join?
All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Helsinki are automatically members of HYY Student Union. Exchange students are encouraged to join HYY.
Read about membership terms and fees.
Get to know HYY
The Opening Carnival on 4 Sept 2017 (city center campus of University of Helsinki) is the opening of the academic year. Student organisations and HYY present themselves and their activities.
Freshman Adventure (Fuksiseikkailu) on 29 September 2017 is the biggest freshman event in Finland. The adventure is organized by HYY and its student organisations.
How to Get Involved with HYY?
All members of HYY may influence in its actions. You can join the committee activities, give feedback to the Board or the members of the Representative Council or aim at decision-making yourself. The easiest way to influence is to vote in the Representative Council elections.
More information about influencing in HYY.
Useful Links to Help You Start Your Academic Year
- HYY's Freshman Guide 2017 - a compact guide on how to get involved in student activities
- Welcome to University of Helsinki blog for international students
- Student's survival kit on subsistence, housing, health and transport by HYY
- Pages for new international students by University of Helsinki: contains checklists and a lot of information about arriving to Helsinki, housing and more
- Orientation handbook for international students