Finland’s excellent reputation in education, combined with a wide range of courses offered in English, makes Finland and Aalto University an attractive study destination for international students.
Services for students
As an Aalto University student, you have an access to various student benefits ranging from student restaurant discounts and affordable public transport to sports and health services, as well as student housing.
In addition, Aalto is the home of the Aalto University Student Union, AYY, and many other student organisations that provide their members with rich student culture and vivid campus life.
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Student union and other student organisations
Aalto University Student Union (AYY) is a 15 000 members strong student organisation. AYY is a self-governing community subject to public law and its status is defined in the Finnish student union act.
All Aalto University students pursuing studies leading to a higher or lower university degree at Aalto University are members of the union. Doctoral students and exchange students may also join the student union should they wish to do so.
Numerous student organisations and communities, such as subject associations, sections, guilds and recreational clubs, operate within AYY.
Student discounts for meals and public transport
Aalto University students are entitled to a discounted meal at student canteens. Only on the Otaniemi campus, there are more than 20 restaurants that offer diverse meal options daily. You can also use the meal benefit in other university campuses’ restaurants around Finland.
Students are allowed a discount for seasonal tickets for public transport in the Helsinki capital region. You can also find lowered student prices for other public transport such as long-distance buses, trains, and even flights.
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides general, mental and dental health care to university students.
Aalto University students are entitled to use the FSHS services after paying the AYY membership fee and the student healthcare fee to Kela. All general and mental health appointments, including appointments with specialists and physiotherapists as well as group activities, are free of charge for students. Appointments with a dental hygienist are also free but students are charged a fee for dentists’ appointments, with the exception of the first dental examination by a dentist.
The FSHS health centres are located in Töölö, Otaniemi and Viikki. During evenings, nights and weekends, students can use the health care services provided by their own municipality.
Student sports services
UniSport is the provider of the Aalto University sports services. Operating on six campuses in Helsinki and Espoo, UniSport is a sports centre for the whole university community.
At the sports centres, you can find a wide range of sports to choose from and facilities for training on your own as well as in a group. The best training buddy for anyone wanting to stay fit is the UniSport Training Card, which students can purchase at an affordable student price.
The Aalto University Student Union AYY also organises various sports events and has approximately 60 sports clubs specialising in different sports.
On Otaniemi and Töölö campuses, students can use the services of a psychologist or a chaplain.
The psychology service for students offers counselling and support for learning, motivation, self-regulation, study skills and coping with stress. The meetings are confidential and the aim is to discuss the problem or situation brought up by the student, working together on possible solutions.
The psychology service supports students’ development and is involved in developing a more learning-oriented teaching culture at the university level. Central activities include individual and group counselling as well as the development of teaching.
You can contact a university chaplain for counselling regardless of your religion. All conversations with the university chaplains are confidential and you can discuss with them anything that is weighing on your mind.
More information on Aalto chaplains' services
Nyyti is a registered association that promotes and supports students’ mental well-being and life management skills. More information on the activities of the student support centre is available on www.nyyti.fi
Many student organisations operate within the Aalto University Student Union (AYY). The students of the School of Business have their own association, the KY - Aalto University Business Students, whereas the association for the students at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is called TOKYO. The culture of the students at the schools of technology (Aalto SCI, Aalto ENG, Aalto ELEC and Aalto CHEM) is promoted by the AYY guilds for technology students.