The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) advocates students’ interests both at the university and in society. They organise services, benefits and events so that you as a student can focus on the most important part: studying and student life.
All our students completing a Bachelor's or Master's degree are members of the Student Union (HYY), the largest and oldest student union in Finland. For exchange and PhD students, the membership is voluntary.
As a member, you are entitled to various services and benefits offered directly or indirectly by the Student Union.
The Student Union (HYY) enables extracurricular activities by supporting active volunteer work and organisational activities. There are over 250 student organisations operating within the Student Union (HYY) opening up a field of opportunities for you.
You can choose between:
Joining one or more of these organisations give you an opportunity to learn things that are not included in the actual university curriculum, but still an integral part of university studies and growth into an educated individual. Along the way, you will make friends and have fun.
Whatever your interests are, you are likely to find like-minded people and the right activities for you. If not, you can always found a new student organisation.
Student life and the academic year are peppered with a variety of academic traditions and events. Throughout the year, the University of Helsinki and the Student Union (HYY) organise a wide variety of events and parties open to all students, for example:
The activities of the different student organisations include:
Besides student events, you can immerse yourself in the world of science and the latest research by attending events at the Think Corner.
The city of Helsinki is also packed with activities, happenings and events that you can enjoy both in the cold of winter and under the midnight sun.
Find out what our students say about their studies and student life in Helsinki.