First Days in Turku

What to do on your first days in Turku?

Concerning Studies at UTU

  • The registration of the new exchange students takes place at the International Office, at the Student Centre Disco on University Hill. The International Office is open from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 2 pm.

  • New international degree students accept the study place and pay the Student Union Fee as instructed. They also have to present their original degree certificates at Student Centre Disco by 15 September.

  • Collect your UTU user-ID from one of the Helpdesks around the campus. They are located in Educarium, Turku School of Economics, Natura and in Medisiina. Please remember to bring your ID with you. You will need the user account in order to access e.g. NettiOpsu (study register), Intranet and e-mail.

  • Update your address in Turku to your Personal Data information on NettiOpsu.

  • Pay the Student Union fee online at any bank by using a special bank giro with your personal reference number. For degree students this is obligatory and for exchange students voluntary (obligatory for double-degree exchange students).

  • Apply for the Finnish student card. The card will cost approx.15 euros and is only avaible for students who have paid the Student Union fee (see above).

  • Remember to attend the Orientation for new international students as well as all personal advising sessions and introductory meetings which are held by the International Office or your host department.

Concerning living in Turku

  • Sign your lease at your housing office. 

  • Open a bank account if neccessary (obligatory if you have been granted a scholarship by the University of Turku, otherwise optional). Opening a bank account is usually free of charge in Finland.

  • Exchange studens may (optional) collect a Starting Package at the Package Storage, address: Rehtorinpellonkatu 4b. The fee is 70 € (including a 50 € deposit which will be refunded if all the items are returned clean and in good condition). 

  • If needed, buy a Student bus card from the Local Traffic Service Office, 36€ (30 days)

  • Mail will not be delivered without a change of address notification (muuttoilmoitus). This can be filled out at any post office or printed out at

  • EU citizens are not required to have a residence permit before arriving in Finland. However they may register their right to reside in Finland in Raisio Police station. 
  • Students coming from outside the EU/EEA countries must obtain their first residence permit from the Finnish consulate/embassy in their home country before arrival to Finland. The residence permit granted to non-EU/EEA citizens for studies is normally a fixed-term permit.

  • Foreign students should make an appointment and visit local register in order to get a Finnish identity number and and a place of domicile in local register office in Turku (Turun maistraatti). Please see more info here.

Study in Turku

20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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