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New exchange student, welcome to Turku!

News | 18.12.2019

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY) would like to welcome you to Turku and to the University of Turku. We are happy to have you here and we wish to meet you at the Orientation Course on 2-3 January 2020. 

Please see more detailed timetables of Orientation Course here.

How to join the Student Union?

As a student at the University of Turku, you are entitled to several student benefits. These benefits include, for example:

You can get the student benefits by becoming a member of the Student Union of the University. Joining the Student Union is voluntary, but highly recommended.

 Easy steps to become a member:

  1. By paying the invoice you join the Student Union. You will get the invoice in the Student Centre Disco in Turku (University Hill). It is not possible to pay the fee before visiting the Student Centre Disco.
  2. In case you forget to use the reference number, we will still get your payment but it will take a longer time to register.
  3. Please note that we do not send you a confirmation e-mail after receiving your payment. Just print out the receipt of the payment (screenshot is also ok), because you can use it as proof of your payment.
  4. Membership payment alone is not enough. You also need to order a student card. You can choose from 2 options: a plastic student card (€16.10 paid to the Frank Student Card service) OR a mobile app. For more info, please check out Frank's websiteYou can make the order after paying the student union fee. Ordering the student card is only possible after paying the Student Union fee and from Frank's website.
  5. If you decide to order a normal plastic student card, it will be sent to your Finnish address. Remember to make a notification of change of address to the post office so you know that your mail will be delivered to the right address. Please note that during the busiest times at the beginning of the semester getting the card might take more than two weeks. Once your card has arrived, remember to pick up an annual sticker from the TYY Service Desk.

 For the address and the opening hours of the TYY Service Desk, and for more information about the Student Union, please visit our website

 If you have questions concerning the membership or the student card, please see our FAQ-page or contact tyy-internationalspecialist@utu.fi. We are here for you!

More tips

  • You can read more about the Starting Package here. Your tutor can pick up the package for you or you can pick it up yourself.
  • See the University's website for more information about registration
  • You will get the University's user account for IT Services and e-mail after registration. 
  • We recommend you to join our mailing list for international students as soon as possible. Through the list, the Student Union keeps you up to date on current issues that concern students, informs you about things that go in the Student Union and in Finland in general and also distributes information about for example the starting package, job offers or internships, Centre for Language and communication studies, sports opportunities. Since most other mailing lists operate in Finnish, this is the best list to get information that is relevant to students in English. Click here for more information about mailing lists
  • Remember to like our Facebook pages TYY and  TYY International Wing
  • Read the guide for new students here