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.
Student unions are public corporations, completely independent of their respective universities. Together, the student unions in Finland form the National Union of University Students in Finland (Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto, SYL).
The membership of a student union, in this case TYY, is by law compulsory for all Finnish undergraduate and Master’s degree students - and for those international students who are studying for a Finnish degree.
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 www.frank.fi/en
As a degree student in 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
- 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 become a member of TYY you must pay the Student Union membership fee. You get information about the payment before your arrival. You can do your membership fee payment either with a regular bank transfer payment or from your e-bank account (SEPA-area payments). Please note that we do not send you a confirmation e-mail after receiving your payment. Just print out/ take a screenshot of the receipt of the payment 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 2019–2020 is € 110.
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.
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 the Student Union Service Desk 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.