Student Card and Frank App
A student card entitles you to countless national and local benefits, on which you can find more information at frank.fi. The student card is also a handy way to prove your student status when visiting student restaurants or UniSport, for example.
Your student card is valid throughout your studies, provided that you have paid the AYY membership fee and have a valid tag for the academic year. The tags can be picked up at the AYY Services Office. The student cards are delivered by Frank, which brings together all student benefits in Finland. As a member of AYY you can also start using your student card in Pivo.
It is possible to purchase an ISIC licence, which is an internationally accepted student ID, for either a digital or a plastic student card in Frank. With an ISIC student card, you can get flights from various companies at a student price, for example. In Finland, student-priced flights are sold by Kilroy.
If you want to pick up a year tag for your plastic student card, you can get it at the tag distribution point of the AYY Office on Aug 28th–Sept 8th 2023. Tags will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 5pm. PLEASE NOTE! On Friday 1 Sept the year tag distribution point will be open from 12noon to 4pm. On moving day 1st Sept the upstairs AYY Service Office only serves movers.
The year tag distribution point can be found on the ground floor of AYY's office, by the front door opening onto Alvari square.
Please note, that it takes 1-3 days for your membership to be updated in our system, so please wait a couple of days after paying the membership fee before coming to pick up the year tag.
The fastest way to receive student benefits is to download a digital student card. You can order a digital student card for example from Frank App once you have paid the Student Union’s membership fee. The digital student card will be activated in 1–3 days.
The academic year sticker can also be picked up from AYY's service office (2nd floor on the Dipoli side) during our opening hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 15:00.
The academic year tag can only be obtained from the student union whose student card the member has. AYY's service office therefore only issues a year tag to AYY's student card for members who have paid AYY's membership fee. AYY's student card also includes student cards previously issued by the Student Union of the Helsinki School of Economics (KY), the Student Union of the University of Art and Design (TOKYO) and the Student Union of the Helsinki University of Technology (TKY).
Frank App and the digital student card
You can download the Frank App for your phone and take advantage of the discounts provided by the service for free. If you want, you can add a digital student card into the Frank App as a separate feature. You can download the digital student card once you have paid the Student Union’s membership fee. An electronic photo must be attached to the card order.
Please note that new students can only download a digital student card once their membership details have been transferred from the University to Frank. The transfer usually takes a few days from your registration.
If your right to study has expired due to graduation, for example, you can unfortunately not continue to use your digital student card. However, you can use your plastic student card until the end of the validity period of the most recent tag.
Learn about the features and prices of the different cards at frank.fi.
Frank Alumni Discounts also for recent graduates
Frank's users are now able to take advantage of Frank's discounts and browse job ads even after graduation. The student card view is closed to the Alumni user, but otherwise the graduated student will receive almost all the same discounts and notifications as before!
The user automatically becomes an alumnus after the student status has ended. In order to take advantage of Frank Alumn, the student must be a user of Frank already during their studies. As An alumnus of Frank, the user will have access to the service for 12 months.
Student Card in Pivo
As a member of AYY you can start using your student card in Pivo. With Pivo’s digital student card you can get student priced train and bus tickets, student lunches as well as hundreds of other student benefits from our partner Slice. By using digital student card in Pivo, you can make sure that your student benefits are always with you wherever you go.
Here’s how you get Pivo’s student card:
1. Download Pivo app to your phone and register with your banking ID
2. Choose Student Card from the Services section of the main view
3. Follow the instructions to create your digital student card
You can easily scroll student discounts and find the offers that interest you the most from the Student Card’s Benefits tab. Pivo’s student card is completely free to use.
What is Pivo?
Pivo is a Finnish payment app that you can use to pay your friend by only using their phone number – regardless of your or your friend’s bank. With Pivo, you can also pay in online shops. Pivo is completely free to download and use.
The plastic student card
After you have paid the Student Union’s membership fee, you can order a student card for yourself at frank.fi. You can order a student card with or without a payment feature. More information on the different card types and their prices is available on the Frank website.
Payment for a student card can be made using Finnish banks’ online banking details or a Visa or MasterCard (credit/debit). An electronic photo must be attached to the card order. The card will be delivered to you by post. You do not need a Finnish Personal Identity Code if you are ordering a card without the payment feature. A student number is enough to order a plastic card.
Please note that new students can order a student card in the beginning of August at the earliest, once their right to study is effective and the Student Union’s membership fee paid.
A postgraduate student card
Doctoral students can become members of the Student Union if they wish. Once they have become a member, a doctoral student can acquire a green doctoral student card. The student card can be ordered at frank.fi. The website also contains the detailed prices.
There are significant differences in the national benefits between basic degree students and doctoral students. For example, doctoral students are not entitled to FSHS services, student discounts from VR or Matkahuolto or to students’ meal subsidy. However, some student restaurants do offer lunch at a slightly lower price than normal to those presenting a doctoral student card.