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Aalto University Student Union AYY represents approximately 14 000 Aalto University students of arts, design, economy and technology. AYY advocates for its members and offers them student apartments and services.

All students pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree at Aalto University are members of the Student Union. Exchange students and postgraduate students can also become AYY members if they wish.

AYY’s goal is to enable the best student’s life in the world for its members by promoting wellbeing and developing the teaching at Aalto University. AYY advocates for its members and offers them various services, such as student apartments and rentable festive facilities and vehicles.

Throughout the year, AYY organises many kinds of events for all Aalto people. The more than 200 associations operating within AYY also ensure for their part that there is something going on in the Aalto community on every day of the year.

The highest authority at AYY is exercised by the 45-member Representative Council elected for two years at a time. The daily operations are directed by the ten-person Board. Each Board member is in charge of one or more of the Student Union’s operative sectors, whose practical operations are taken care of by the employed specialists. Alongside its employees and the persons in positions of trust, there are hundreds of volunteers working at the Student Union each year.

AYY in numbers

  • 14 000 members
  • More than 200 associations
  • 130 m€ in assets
  • 15 m€ annual budget
  • approx. 2500 student apartments
  • 40 employees
  • 10 fulltime Board members
  • Hundreds of volunteers

What can I do in the Student Union?

Aalto University Student Union exists for its members, and the members can also take part in its operations in many different ways.

What is AYY?


The Student Union promotes the best student’s life in the world by influencing matters related to education, student life and student wellbeing.

What is AYY?

Come work for AYY!

Aalto University Student Union employs 40 staff members, from professionals just starting their careers to seasoned experts with years of experience.

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Collaborative partners

The collaborative partners help AYY offer its members the best possible services and advocate for them in society in an effective and influential way.

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Polyteekkari Museum

The Polyteekkari Museum, or the Teekkari Museum, was established at Poli as the result of Teekkaris’ collective labour.

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Insignia used by Aalto students

The Aalto community is large in numbers but also incredibly versatile. This versatility can be seen not only in the colour scale of overalls but also in many other ways.



The foundations of Aalto University Student Union lie in the student unions of Helsinki School of Economics, University of Art and Design Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology. When these three universities merged on 1 Jan 2010 to form Aalto University, the student unions merged as well and formed the new Aalto University Student Union.

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AYY as an organisation

Aalto University Student Union is the service and advocacy organisation for its around 14 000 members, and all of its operations aim to enable its members to enjoy the best student’s life in the world.

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Welcome to Aalto University and the Student Union!

On this page, you can find a collection of important information for new students and some tips for the early stages of your studies.

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Student magazine Aino

The student magazine Aino comes out four times a year and is published by Aalto University Student Union.

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