Accessibility and a barrier-free campus
This page provides an overview of the Accessible Aalto. In addition, additional details and resources are included as links on this page.
Accessibility refers to convenience of use and access to education, research and related support services regardless of the diverse qualities of individuals. The accessible operating environment of Aalto is enabling and inclusive as our operations reflect the interactions, learning, research and work of all members of the Aalto community. Through its work on accessibility, Aalto University creates high-quality, barrier-free and efficient services and related support systems for research, education and academic management (Aalto University strategy).
The enabling environment of the Accessible Aalto will be executed with the following principles:
- We are proactive developers in accessibility issues.
- We improve equality in all our functions and teams.
- Aalto community members are encouraged to suggests improvements to the obstacles and hindraces they observe in daily activities.
- We will favour positive attitudes to accessibility and augment the know-how by discourse and continuous learning.
- We apply the principles of sustainable development to the accessible Aalto.
The terms accessibility and barrier-free design are commonly used interchangeably. However, they differ to some extent:
- Accessibility refers to the degree to which the environment, products, and services are accessible to people with different abilities.
- Barrier-free describes the effort of removing physical barriers from the "built environment" for people with disabilities. Barrier-free design addresses the issue of access. Barrier-free design focuses on accommodating all people in the physical environment.
Barrier-free campus of the Aalto University in Otaniemi
Servicemap shows all the services in the metropolitan area within your reach in English, Swedish and Finnish. Use Journey Planner to travel by bus, tram or metro to Aalto University Otaniemi campus.
All the services in the metropolitan area within your reach. Search for services, units or addresses, including Aalto University premises at Otaniemi
To make travel easier for everyone, most public transport vehicles in the Helsinki region are low-floor.
Get to know Otaniemi and its services. The map shows the locations of restaurants and cafés, parking areas, university facilities and other everyday services in the area. View the area as a whole or zoom in to individual buildings and view their floor maps. You can also search for services or facilities with the search bar and categories on the bottom of the map.
Here you will also find restaurants, the map, the Aalto Space mobile app, access control - all practical information on one page! You can also visit the campus virtually.
Our digital guides, an Aalto University student and an assistant professor, introduce you to our learning facilities, laboratories, workshops, service spots and outdoor spaces. The tour can be experienced on desktop, mobile or VR headset.
The university's campus is in Otaniemi, home of the lively community that supports innovations. The goal of the campus development is to mix valuable history and new ways of planning.
Otaniemi and the Aalto University campus are set to undergo rapid change, with plenty of new development in the works. At the same time, the character of the urban areas will be transformed into an inviting oasis of outdoor environments and verdant spaces.
AYY has paid more attention to the accessibility and reachability of rental facilities. Some of the facilities are nearly accessible, and we also now provide more information on accessible facilities in advance.
The Barrier-Free Finland prize 2015 has been awarded to Undergraduate Centre in Otaniemi.
Aalto-University mapped the quality of induction loops to provide better services to people with hearing loss
The project promotes the equality of people with hearing loss, and it has been significant in scale both in Finland and internationally.
Aalto Space for students, partners and personnel
Digital accessibility of research, tuition and service
Learn aboout accessibility of Aalto University digital environment
Digital accessibility guidance for Aalto web sites, e-services, mobile applications and documents to implement the national Act on the Provision of Digital Services (306/2019).
You can find up-to-date news, contact information, chat and instructions of frequently used IT services at IT-help hub: accounts, passwords, email, MFA, vpn, printing, teams, zoom, VDI and guidelines how to procure workstations and phones.
Study at Aalto, admission services and academic policies and regulations
The university curricula are designed and implemented in accordance with the university strategy, and various academic guidelines, rules and regulations.
Study guide for all Aalto University students
Support for Studying
Do you want to study in the Nordics in Finland? At Aalto University science and art meet technology and business. We believe in the power of curiosity and encourage our students to explore the unknown as well as to learn and do things in a whole new way.
Aalto University organises several admissions. On this page you can find instructions for applying to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes.
Each Aalto student has a right to receive reasonable individual study arrangements for medical reasons. A medical reason may be dyslexia, a sensory impairment, mental health condition or learning difficulty. Individual study arrangements should not be seen as a reason to stop aiming for the set learning outcomes. Instead, they are a way of supporting the student in attaining the learning outcomes.
Examples of individual study arrangements include additional time for examinations (1 hour at Aalto), a private space or computer for examinations, or adjusted schedules.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto University
Accessibility and diversity are the guiding principles of equal Aalto University. Thus, Aalto University is committed to promoting diversity, equality, wellbeing and non-discrimination in all its activities.
There's no place for racism in the scientific community says the management of Aalto University in its statement. As a university, Aalto is working hard to develop an open and diverse community.
We aim to be a diverse and inclusive community where all students, faculty, staff and stakeholders feel a sense of belonging and can fulfill their professional, educational and social aspirations fully.
The Aalto University Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working — the foundation of our community culture — into practice
Aalto University has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and 4 200 employees, including 400 professors. Get to know our experts in research, art, technology and business.
Aalto University Accessibility Coordination Group
Diversity and accessibility are the guiding principles of equality at Aalto University. Accessibility of teaching and other academic activities, campus, and services both physically and digitally support the Aalto community in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access the university’s knowledge, ideas, and resources.
Aalto University’s Accessibility coordination group is formed to improve coordination across domains.
Aalto University Accessibility Coordination Group members from May 1st, 2021
Recognising and removing barriers is an on-going process requiring everyone’s input.