Late arrival checklist for degree students

If you cannot take part in the Welcome Fair, you will need to take care of the matters listed below to ensure a smooth start to your studies. After arriving in Helsinki, please visit the Student Services for your certificates and all other questions you might have. If you do not know who your tutor is, please ask your Faculty’s Tutor Coordinator. You can print this check list as a pdf here

If you have not done so yet, register as an attending student (or non-attending student) as soon as possible by following these steps. You will lose the study right granted to you if you fail to register as an attending or non-attending student by the given deadline mentioned in your acceptance letter. Students liable to pay tuition fees are already registered and can skip this step.

You need your user name for accessing the University’s digital systems, eg. computers on campus, e-mail, intranet, Moodle, campus wifi etc. You can activate your user name only once you are registered as an attending student.

Option 1: Activate your new access rights by using the password reset tool https://accounts.helsinki.fi/l2accountportal/to_passwordchange.html (instructions for using the reset tool >>). You will need a Finnish identity code and Finnish online banking codes for this.

Option 2:

  1. Download a username application. https://helpdesk.it.helsinki.fi/sites/default/files/atoms/files/kayttajatunnushakemus_en.pdf
  2. Fill in the form carefully, sign it and return as a scanned copy to the address helpdesk@helsinki.fi.
  3. You will receive an e-mail when your new access rights are ready for use; please read the instructions carefully.
  1. Visit the Student Services. Have an ID with you.
  2. If you already have your Finnish personal identity code, inform it to the clerk. Have the official document showing your personal identity code with you.
  3. Receive your University of Helsinki’s Certificate of Student Status

After you have joined the Student Union, get a student card. You have several options:

  • You can download the Digital Student Card Frank App from Google Play or App Store. Frank App is free of charge. In order to activate the Frank App, you will need a personal identity code. You can use the temporary one which you can find in your certificate of student status. After you have received your “real” identity code (see below) and informed the Student Services about it, re-load Frank App to sync it with the information in the University’s database.
  • You can order one of the Plastic Student Cards from https://www.frank.fi/en/studentcard/.

EU citizens

  1. Register your right of residence at the Finnish Immigration Service and apply at the same time for a Finnish personal identity code, which is compulsory to have.
  2. Visit the Local Register Office (maistraatti) and request that you are registered with a municipality of residence (domicile). 
  3. After you have received a Finnish personal identity code, please inform the Student Services about your new code by visiting a Student Service point. The Student Services will update your Finnish personal identity code to UH databases.

Non-EU citizens & students from the Nordic countries

  1. Visit the Local Register Office (maistraatti).
  2. Apply for a personal identity code if you do not already have one and request that you are registered with a municipality of residence (domicile).
  3. After you have received a Finnish personal identity code, please inform the Student Services about your new code by visiting a Student Service point. The Student Services will update your Finnish personal identity code to UH databases.

More information: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/studying/new-students/arriving-and-settling-in#section-359

  1. Get a student’s discount ticket application for HSL from the Student Services or dowload it. Fill it and request the clerk at the Student Services to sign it. If you already have a student card, you do not need the application.
  2. Make sure your municipality is already registered at the Local Register Office (maistraatti).
  3. Go to a HSL Service Point. There’s a Service Point at the Rautatientori Metro Station (Central Railway Station), at the Itäkeskus Metro Station and in Pasila.
  4. Have an ID and your personal identity code with you.
  5. Get to know the Journey Planner
  1. If the registration period for a course has not ended, please register on WebOodi. You will need your computer user account for this.

  2. If the registration period has ended, contact the teacher and ask if you can join the course. The name of the responsible teacher can be found in Weboodi / course search.

Please update your Finnish address and phone number in WebOodi. Weboodi user instructions can be found here.