The Student Union of the University of Turku, TYY, is among the oldest student unions in Finland. Founded in 1922, TYY has been taking a stand for the students for over 90 years. There is a student union (ylioppilaskunta) in each Finnish university.
The membership of a student union is by law compulsory for all Finnish undergraduate students - and for those international students who are studying for a Finnish degree. It is possible for the exchange students to join a student union, too.
The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY) is a public corporation completely independent of the University of Turku. The role of TYY is to represent its members, to advance the position of students in society and provide them with services ranging from consultations with lawyers to parties and sports opportunities. In addition to the local student unions, there is a National Union of University Students in Finland (Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto, SYL).
How to join the Student Union?
To join the Student Union, please follow these simple steps:
►Exchange Student: You will receive your Student Union fee invoice in the Student Centre Disco (at the University Hill). Please note that joining the Student Union is voluntary for exchange students.
►Degree Student: You will receive information about the payment before your arrival via e-mail. Please note that joining the Student Union is mandatory for all degree students. See more information about your own Master programme at the University's website.
►Doctoral candidate: After being accepted as PhD student at UTU you can ask the invoice from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that joining the Student Union is voluntary for the PhD students.
You can pay the fee with your bank account, web bank (if you have one). Most banks do not accept cash unless you have the bank account.
Please note that we have over 14 000 members and do not send a confirmation after receiving your payment. It is always good idea to bring along the receipt of your payment (printed/ screenshot) so it can be checked it if necessary.
You will get your username for IT services after registration.
After paying the Student Union fee, you can order your student card at Frank's website
Since 2016 there has been Frank mobile app that can be downloaded on Android and iOS phones.
If you want to order the regular plastic student card, you can order it from Frank's website. The card is sent to your home address in Finland and you can pick up the annual sticker from TYY’s Service Desk. Please see the opening hours and location on our website. Please note that the order can take 3-4 weeks at the beginning of the semester.
If you are coming as an exchange student, you tutor can pick of the Starting Package for you before your arrival. Please come to sign the contract at the Starting Package office within 2 weeks from your arrival and bring with you:
- The receipt of the payment of the Student Union fee
- The receipt of the payment of the Starting Package fee
Please see the opening hours and location on our website.
We hope you enjoy your time in Turku. Remember we are here for you and are always happy to help! Please read more information on our FAQ-page
See you soon in Turku!