The Student Union of the University of Helsinki, or HYY for short, is an advocate and service organisation for around 26 000 students at the University of Helsinki. We were founded in 1868 which makes us the oldest student union in Finland. Student unions in Finland are established by law to protect students’ rights and promote their interests at the University and in society. Each university has its own student union. We are self-governing and operate independently of the University of Helsinki.
As a member of the Student Union, you will be entitled to several benefits. See below to check them out!
As our member, you can order the only official student card in Finland!
The student card provides you with numerous discounts on different services, for instance cheaper travel tickets in Finland, discounts on food and beverages, clothing and gyms. The student card makes student life easy and fun! Majority of the student discounts in Finland are exclusive for the student card owners, while some of the services offer discounts for all students.
More information about the student card, discounts and how to order it is available at frank.fi.
UniCafe’s student meals are brought to you by HYY, as the restaurants are owned by us students! With the student card, you will get a discount in all student restaurants and cafés all over Finland as well as in your local UniCafe.
In UniCafes, in addition to the student card, you are able to get the student discount with a certificate of student status, which is issued by the University of Helsinki. However, the student card makes the lunch transaction seamless and easy!
We improve students’ status at the University, in the city and in society. We promote and defend issues that are important to students and work to improve the student life in Helsinki.
Our specialists and executive board members are at your service. If you are having any difficulties with your studies or student life in general, you can always contact our board members, who are students themselves, or our specialists!
We organise loads of student events throughout the academic year, from the Opening Carnival and the Fresher Adventure to HYY’s Anniversary Week and the celebrations of May Day. Follow us on social media to be among the first to hear about our amazing events or read more about our events here.
You must pay the membership fee to become a member. All basic degree students at the University of Helsinki are automatically members of the Student Union. If you are liable to pay tuition fees, you have already paid the membership fee as part of your tuition fee.
Joining is voluntary for exchange students, but we encourage you to join us! As a member, you get access to student benefits all over Finland, and we can better safeguard your rights as a student in Finland.
You can pay the Student Union’s membership fee in connection with the annual registration in the OILI system or as a bank transfer. Please follow the provided deadlines for registration and payment of the membership fee. Read more on the University’s website.
Note! The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) payment is not included in the membership fee. FSHS offers free healthcare for bachelor and master’s degree students, and the fee is compulsory for them. Unfortunately exchange students are not entitled to FSHS services. Read more about FSHS and how to pay the fee here.
We are the university students’ own community, and thus enabling lively student life is one of the most important tasks of our Student Union. In practice, this means awarding financial operating grants to our organisations and providing advice and services to our volunteers. Our goal is that every single one of our members would find something meaningful to do besides their studies. Read more about student organisations and HYY’s committees below and get involved!
There are over 250 different student organisations operating within HYY – whatever you want to do, there is sure to be likeminded people you can join. From sports clubs and photography associations to faculty and study area related organisations, there is something for everyone. The organisations are the key in the university life for networking, meeting other students and participating in student activities. There are also events and parties organised throughout the year, almost on a daily basis.
We support and fund many of the organisations and provide facilities for them.
Our committees focus on brainstorming and developing activities for our Student Union’s different sectors. This translates into organising events, supporting organisations and conducting advocacy work, for instance. The committees are open to all our members, and you can join their activities at any point during the year. For example, our International Committee is run by and for international and internationally-minded students. Its aim is to create a thriving student community at the University of Helsinki by advocating for the interests and inclusion of international students.
All members of HYY may influence its actions. You can join the committee activities, give feedback to the Board or the members of the Representative Council or get involved in making the decisions yourself. The easiest way to influence matters is to vote in the Representative Council elections or to join one of our committees! You can find our contact details here.
We students have our own positions in the University’s arenas of power – from the steering groups of degree programmes to the University’s highest decision-making bodies. The student representatives in these positions ensure that students’ interests are not trampled upon when making decisions that concern studies and student life. Anyone can become a voice for students – including you! Read more.
There are also other ways to influence the University and society. You can, for instance, give feedback on courses and answer the University’s surveys to influence teaching. The University also arranges workshops and discussion events where you can share your views. If HYY or the University arranges a campaign on an issue that is important to you, you can participate in the public discussion by sharing the content in social media, for instance.