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.
As a member of the Student Union, 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!
More information about the student card and how to order it is available at frank.fi.
The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides free or very affordable everyday health care for members of HYY. Please note that due to a law reform in 2020 exchange students will only be entitled to the FSHS’s services during the autumn term.
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 are at your service. If you are having any difficulties with your studies or student life in general, you can always contact HYY’s 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. We encourage exchange students to join HYY. If you are liable to pay tuition fees, you have already paid the membership fee as part of your tuition fee.
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.
HYY is 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 under HYY – whatever you want to do, there is sure to be likeminded people you can join. From sports clubs and photography associations to faculty organisations, there is something for everyone! There are also events and parties organised throughout the year. HYY supports and funds many of the organisations and provides 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. You can find our contact details here.
We students have our own positions in the University’s arenas of power – from the executive 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!