There is a student union in every Finnish university. Membership of a student union is compulsory by law for all undergraduate and master’s degree students studying for a Finnish degree. For exchange students the membership fee is voluntary but highly recommended.
As a member of the Student Union you are entitled to a Finnish student card (opiskelijakortti) issued together by the National Union of University Students in Finland and TYY. This card offers you a variety of benefits locally and nationwide. For more information about the benefits, please check Frank.fi/en
As an exchange student at the University of Turku you are entitled to several student benefits. These benefits include, for example:
- Basic health care at the Finnish Student Health Service
- Right to get the Starting package
- Student discounted lunch
- 45%-55% discount on long distance bus and train tickets
- Consultation services from the TYY specialists
- Services of the student lawyer
- Turku Student Newspaper
- Membership in any of the TYY sub-organisations
- Many other benefits and discounts
Paying the Student Union membership fee
In order to gain these benefits, you need to become a member of the Student Union (TYY) by paying their membership fee and then ordering a Student Card. It is voluntary, but highly recommendable, for you to join the Student Union.
Your get the invoice from the Student Centre Disco. When making the payment it is very important to write your name and reference number (on the invoice) in the `message` part of your payment. Getting the student card may take several weeks, so make the payment and order the card as soon as possible! Please note that we do not send you a confirmation e-mail after receiving your payment. Just print out the receipt of the payment (or make a screenshot) so you can use it as a proof of your payment until your card has arrived. You will for example get student discounted lunch with the receipt while waiting for the card to arrive.
The TYY membership fee for the academic year 2018–2019 is € 107 (€ 53,50 for one semester).
Ordering the student card online
After paying the membership fee, you can apply for a student card at frank.fi/en. You can choos between 2 options:
1) Plastic student card (sent home, € 16.10), possible to order without Finnish ID number
2) Frank app, possible for Android and Apple phones, requires Finnish ID number (€ 2.90/ year)
Please not that ordering the card is not possible before the beginning of the semester (August if you arrive for the autumn semester/ January if you arrive for the spring semester). Ordering can be done only online. You need a digital photo of yourself to order the card. When filling in the application form you should write down your personal information with exactly the same facts you have informed the University with. You also need to fill in your Finnish student number given by the University of Turku when ordering your student card. The price of the card is € 16,10 and it is sent to your address here in Finland. Remember to make the notification of change of address when you are in Finland!
It is recommended to pay the fee for the card online during the ordering process with a credit card or from a Finnish e-bank account. If you do not have the possibility to use neither a credit card nor the e-bank, please contact email@example.com for further information.
Before getting the card
The receipt of your student union membership fee payment will act as a temporary Student ID card, and you will get subsidised lunches at the student cafeterias and student health care services with it, but not the travel discounts.