Student Union

The Student Union of the University of Turku (TYY, Turun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta) is a public corporation completely independent of the University of Turku. The role of TYY is to represent its members, to advance the position of students in society and provide them with services ranging from consultations with lawyers to parties and sports opportunities


The membership of Student Union is obligatory for degree students and voluntary but higly recommended for exchange students.  The membership entitles you to a variety of benefits. TYY services include for example

  • basic health care at the Finnish Student Health Service
  • student piced lunches at student restaurants
  • student discounted lunch and 50% discount in long distance busses and trains.

Student Union also serves as an umbrella organization for many student clubs. One of the best ways of meeting Finnish students and getting involved in student life is joining these clubs.

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Starting Package for Exchange Students

The student unions of the universities in Turku run starting package storage where exchange students can borrow a package with household items which they then return before they leave Finland.

For more information please visit their website.

International students' own organizations

Erasmus Student Network

One of the TYY sub-organizations is ESN Uni Turku, a section of the Erasmus Student Network, which organizes cultural happenings, sports activities, excursions, parties and other event that are mainly aimed at the exchange students.

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International Students of Turku Universities

International Students of Turku Universities ISTU ry is an organisation intended primarily for international degree students at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. ISTU provides opportunities for both Master's and Doctoral degree students to meet each other and enjoy social activities, and hopes to raise the profile of international degree students at all levels of the university and student union.

Stay up to date with current events and in touch with other international degree students in Turku by signing up for the istu-mailing list

Photo: Amina Marouf 2012

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