Services, benefits and rights of doctoral students
Doctoral students have the opportunity to join AYY immediately after being approved to complete a doctoral degree. Otherwise, one can join AYY in connection with the next registration period. Check the membership fee of doctoral students here.
After paying the membership fee, a doctoral student is a student union member in the same way as a bachelor’s or a master’s degree student. After becoming a member, a doctoral student can purchase the green student card of doctoral students. Services and benefits for the bachelor’s and master’s degree students and doctoral students vary significantly.
What is a doctoral student entitled to?
A student union member is entitled to vote and run as a candidate in the student union elections.
A doctoral student who has joined the student union is also entitled to services and benefits offered by the student union. These include, for example, the events and activities of the student union and its associations, advocacy work, counselling, premises rental for a member price and van rental. Advocacy work focusing on Aalto University is done in collaboration with the doctoral student association Aallonhuiput.
In addition, doctoral students also have access to affordable sports services in the sports facilities of Unisport.
It is possible to apply for student financial aid for completing a doctoral degree. Further information: www.kela.fi
What is a doctoral student not entitled to?
Doctoral students are not entitled to FSHS services, the student discount of VR, Matkahuolto or HSL or the student meal subsidy. A doctoral student’s right to use the services of FSHS was discontinued on 1 August 2009. Some student restaurants, however, offer a slightly more inexpensive lunch by presenting the doctoral student card.
Doctoral students do not generally have access to student housing. However, doctoral students have the option to apply through HOAS for a few properties targeted for this purpose.
Doctoral student’s card, membership fee and association
Find out more about the student card, membership fee and doctoral student association Aallonhuiput.
Aallonhuiput, founded in 2009, is an association which connects doctoral students in the various schools of Aalto University. Aallonhuiput is AYY’s special status association and does advocacy work in cooperation with the student union as the expert of doctoral student issues. Participating in the activities of the association does not require the student union membership.
Further information: https://www.aallonhuiput.fi/