The Student Union of the University of Helsinki, or HYY for short, is an organisation founded in 1868, making it 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, including those of VR, the national railway company, the long-distance bus services of Matkahuolto and cafés from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. The card also entitles you to inexpensive student meals in student restaurants. 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 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 from Helsinki to Lapland 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. Our work is based on our values: education, equality, humanity, courage and responsibility.
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!
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. In addition, we encourage exchange students to join us!
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.
We are the university students’ own community. 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!
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.
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.
An easy way to start is to join our Facebook group for international students interested in influencing the University!