Your student union

For new students

As a student of Aalto University, AYY is your student union. One of our most important tasks is advising and guiding new students. On this page, you will find important information for new students and some tips for the early stages of your studies.

A good way to get started is to have a look at the Aalto Student Guide, for example, where you will find plenty of information on university studies, student services and your own degree programme.

In addition, you should take a look at the Member services section on this website to find more detailed information on housing and the student card, for example.

You can find information specific to your own study field on the website of your school, as well as on the sites of associations representing your study field. Links to the association websites can be found here.

Checklist for new students

Your life as a new student goes smoothly as long as a few basic issues are in order. So make sure to check at least the issues listed here.

Before your studies begin

If you are an international student, ensure you familiarise yourself with relevant practices well ahead of commencing your studies. You can find relevant information here, for example.

In the beginning of autumn/spring

  • Pick up your Design Notebook at AYY service point.
  • Get a public transport travel card from HSL service point and activate the student status for your card.
  • Do not hesitate to ask your tutor about anything troubling you.
  • Take part in the activities organised by your tutor group, AYY and various associations and get to know new people – studying is much more fun in good company!
  • Get involved with association activities! AYY has a huge number of various associations, which you are welcome to join. The associations include, for example, subject associations, recreational and study clubs, the Swedish-language student society Teknologföreningen (TF) and the guilds of technical students. The associations organise various events and bring together like-minded people.

Where can I find information?

  • AYY’s weekly newsletter – subscribe here.
  • AYY’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like or follow to keep up to date. Also follow AYY Housing on Facebook and Instagram if you want to know more about student housing at AYY.
  • Telegram channels AYY info and AYY events.
  • Design Notebook – the notebook and pocket data bank for all Aalto members. Pick up yours at AYY service point!
  • Notice boards. Ads for various events appear regularly on notice boards around the campus.

Whom can I ask for help?

  • Your own tutor / ISO person / Fresher Captain – they can usually guide you onwards.
  • Course staff / study advisor / teacher tutor – experts on study-related questions.
  • Any student union employee or board member.
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