Would you like to meet students from all campuses, learn about organisations over disciplinary boundaries and enjoy communality on University campuses, city streets, parks and night clubs? Come to our events!

Opening Carnival 2 September 2024

At the Carnival, both new and old students of the University of Helsinki will get a chance to explore the diverse range of organisations operating under HYY.

Come find yourself a new hobby organisation, get to know your subject or faculty organisation and join a student nation – you can do all this in the same place during the same day! At the same time, you can also meet new friends and add to your overall badge collection.

Opening Carnival

Fresher Adventure 18 September 2024

The largest event for new students in Finland takes over the streets of Helsinki! Form your own team for the adventure and complete tasks at the checkpoints of HYY, student organisations, the University and our cooperation partners. The best teams will be rewarded with fabulous prizes!

Fresher Adventure website


29 November 2023 Apollo fills up with a dazzling festive atmosphere – the most sparkly student party of the year is here!

We will get to enjoy amazing music and festive mood until the small hours of the night. After midnight, the stage will be taken over by the wonderful Erika Vikman.

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Students’ Independence Day Torchlight Procession 6 December 2024

The Independence Day procession of all students of the Capital Region will illuminate the streets of Helsinki from the Hietaniemi cemetery to the Senate Square. Come and enjoy communality and traditions together with other students!

May Day 30 April–1 May 2024

The most important celebration for students is, of course, May Day! Students often begin their May Day celebrations early, but the bubbly drinks will definitely open at the Crowning of Manta, the Havis Amanda statue, at 6 pm on 30 April. Student unions take turns in charge of crowning the statue, and in 2024, it is ArtSu’s turn.

The celebrations continue on 1 May at the reception of May Day at Ullanlinnanmäki. The legendary May Day picnic follows afterwards, with numerous student organisations and residents of the city participating together.


May is a party month, with May Day closely followed by Flora’s Day. The event is a joint springtime celebration of HYY and the University of Helsinki – a culmination of spring that campuses take turns hosting.

Photo by: Ville-Veikko Niemelä
Photo by: Ville-Veikko Niemelä

Grand Sitsit

The Grand Sitsit gets the students of the University of Helsinki together to eat, sing and enjoy the summer in the form of a shared dinner party. The programme of the event includes speeches and singalongs, with traditional academic dances taking over the square after the event itself. Student nations, various faculty, subject and hobby organisations are all involved!

Grand Sitsit on Instagram