Orientation to Services and Wellbeing
Where can the students find support to maintain their wellbeing? What kind of challenges might there be in special circumstances? Experts from different services share their tips for the beginning of your studies.
The presentation materials are available after each service's introduction below.
Programme of the event
Service lecture at 13.00-15.00
The lecture is hosted by students of Aalto University.
- Welcome words from Vice President in Education, Petri Suomala
- AYY - Aalto University Student Union
- UniSport + exercise break
- Learning Centre / Library services
- IT Services
- Starting Point of Wellbeing + mindfulness break
- Language Centre
- ESN Aalto - Erasmus Student Network Aalto University
Inspirational lecture by Esa Saarinen
After the event, you can watch an inspirational lecture by philosopher Esa Saarinen (video recorded in 2020). The video is available below in three parts.
You can find further information on each service on this page. Each service's presentation has been added there as well.
Other useful services (links open to a new tab/window)
HSL (Helsinki Region Transport)
HSL will have a pop up service on campus on Friday 7 January at 10.00-15.00 (Otakaari 1, Undergraduate Center, U wing, entrance M). Please use a mask and remember to keep a safe distance from others!
City of Espoo's Information Point for Immigrants
Get inspiring information about what to do and see in Helsinki and chat with Tourist Info staff in live chat.
AYY - Aalto University Student Union
AYY is a service organisation and interest group serving students of Aalto University. AYY offers its members several services, such as affordable student housing, rental facilities, advocacy, and a range of different benefits.
UniSport's exercise services are aimed especially for students and include group training classes, gyms, and ball group sport sessions. They also offer courts for booking, personal training, and massage services. UniSport has six exercise centers, also in Otaniemi.
IT Services (ITS) provides students services such as email, computer classrooms, campus wifi, and printing services. Check also their tips for remote studying.
Learning Centre provides library services, expert services and study and work spaces. They support students by providing help in information searching and accessing books and other information sources in printed or electronic form.
Starting Point of Wellbeing
The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students advice and guidance on services related to wellbeing. They also share information on remotely organized support and guidance and offer possibilities to co-study (studying independently together).
Read more about Starting Point of Wellbeing
The Psychologist Service at Aalto University offers counselling and support for learning, motivation, self-regulation, study skills, coping with stress, and career choice. They also organise courses and workshops on wellbeing and study skills.
Aalto has two university chaplains, known as the Aalto Chaplains who are available to all members of the Aalto community regardless of religion or worldview. You can also turn to them if you need help in finding others who share your religion. The Aalto chaplains can help you whenever you want to speak to someone in confidence about anything related to work, personal relationships or your life situation in general.
Language Centre offers education and studies in languages and communication for all Aalto students. Their offering includes e.g. courses in ten languages, intercultural communication, and speech communication.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organisation. Our mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.
Health care for exchange students
- Make sure that you have a valid health insurance. EU-citizens must have a European Health Insurance Card with them (from the home country) and are strongly recommended to have a private insurance too.
- Make sure your health insurance will cover also covid-19 related medical conditions. Students with valid health insurance can use private health care clinics for health services (please also check with your insurance company if they have agreement hospitals in Finnish capital region).
- As an EU citizen with the European Health Insurance Card, you should receive medically necessary treatment and you have the right to use the municipal (public) health care. Medically necessary treatment means treatment that cannot wait until you return home.
For more information, please contact your own school's exchange coordinator.