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's website.

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

  • 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
  • Possibility for 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/App. It is voluntary, but highly recommendable, for you to join the Student Union.

Please note that it is not possible to activate the student card/ app before the beginning of August. 

You get the invoice from the International Office. You will get information about registering and payment via e-mail in the summer. When making the payment, it is essential to write your name and reference number (on the invoice) in the `message` part of your payment. If you forget to use the reference number, we will still get your payment but it will take a bit longer to register your payment. 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 proof of your payment until your card has arrived/ you have downloaded the app. You will, for example, get a student discounted lunch with the receipt while waiting for the card to arrive.

The membership fee of the Student Union for basic degree students is 26,50€ for the autumn term 2021, 26.50€ for the spring term 2022 and 53€ for the term 2021–2022. 

Please e-mail tyy-internationalspecialist@utu.fi for further questions. 

Ordering the student card online

After paying the membership fee, you can apply for a student card at frank.fi/en. You can choose between 2 options:

1) Plastic student card (sent to your home address in Finland) 

2) Frank app, possible for Android and Apple phones.

Ordering can be done only online, at Frank's website. 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. 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.

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.