A good way to get started is to have a look at the Aalto student portal Into, 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 will go swimmingly as long as a few basics are in order. So, make sure to check off your list at least the following issues.
Before your studies start
- Register for attendance and pay the AYY membership fee. Save your membership fee receipt and keep it on you until you receive your student card.
- Pay their Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) fee to Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland), if you are degree student who have registered for attendance (reform from the beginning of 2021)
- Order a student card from Frank. You can also download a digital student card Frank App.
- Apply for an AYY student apartment and get a roof over your head. Another good apartment provider for students in the metropolitan area is HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region. Of course, you can also look for an apartment on the private market, at Oikotie.fi or Vuokraovi.fi, for example.
- Remember to submit a notification of change of address.
- If you are entitled to benefits from Kela, apply for a study grant and the housing supplement on the Kela website. Remember to keep an eye on your income limits if you have any other income.
- Look into the transport connections between your home and campus.
If you are an international student, make sure which practices apply to you in good time before you start your studies, for example here.
In the beginning of autumn/spring
- Pick up your calendar for the academic year at AYY service point.
- Get a public transport travel card from HSL service point and update it with a student status.
- Do not hesitate to ask your tutor about anything troubling you.
- Take part in the activities organised by your tutoring group, AYY and various associations and get to know new people – studying is a lot more fun in good company, too!
- Get involved with association activities! AYY has a huge number of associations, which you are welcome to join. The associations include, for example, different subject organisations, recreational and study clubs, the Swedish-language student society Teknologföreningen (TF) and the guilds of technical students. The associations organise different kinds of events and bring together like-minded people.
- See here how COVID-19 effects upcoming events and opening hours.
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.
- Design Calendar – the pocket databank for all Aalto members. Pick up yours at a service point!
- Notice boards. Ads for various events appear regularly on the notice boards around the campus.
Whom can I ask?
- Your own tutor / ISO person / Freshman Captain – they can usually guide you onwards.
- Course staff / study advisor / tutor-teacher – the experts on study-related questions.
- Any Student Union employee or Board member.