Checklist for first year students

Get to know the Student Union

Students of the University of Oulu are automatically members of OYY, the Student Union of the University of Oulu. OYY acts as an advocate for its members at the University and in the city, and in addition students can use the services of our specialists’ and ask advice in the problems they might face in the student life.

Get a student card

The student card can be used in mobile Tuudo or Pivo applications, or you can obtain a plastic student card.

more information about the student card on our website

Pay the FSHS fee

The health care fee for higher education students is paid to Kela every semester. The fee is mandatory for all degree students who are registered as attending and entitles them to use the services of the Student Health Foundation, or FSHS. The payment is EUR 35.80 per semester in 2022. The due date for the autumn semester is 30.9.

More information on health care fee and payments on Kela’s website

Apply for a study grant

It is advisable to apply for study grant and general housing allowance as soon as you know you have been accepted to study and know where you are going to live during your studies. During the Autumn, applications can take more than a month to process. Applications can be made electronically in Kela’s online service.

Find a roof over your head

Student housing in Oulu is provided by the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation PSOAS. PSOAS offers rooms in shared apartments as well as studios and larger apartments. The Oulu Region Youth Housing Association OsNa ry specializes in housing for young people in particular, through which you can also get the services of a housing counselor. Other landlords also have plenty to offer in Oulu, both in the vicinity of campuses and in the city center and its surroundings.

PSOAS pages

Getting around Oulu

Oulu is a cycling city, and with the new cycling routes, cycling is even smoother. So cycling can be recommended to anyone for whom it is possible, at least in good weather in autumn and spring!

If you live further away from campus, public transportation is a good option for commuting. Students under the age of 25 will automatically receive a monthly ticket at a cheaper youth rate. Students who have reached the age of 25 receive a discount by visiting the Oulu10 service point to prove their student status at the beginning of each academic year.

Get a hold of your studies

Various information sessions and orientations are organized for new students, which provide information on studies, how to organize them and also issues related to student life. New students are guided by tutors. Orientation week begins for most students on Monday, August 29th.

Information about starting studies on the university’s website

Join your subject society

Each field of study has its own subject society that oversees the interests of students and organizes leisure activities and events. Student overalls can also be purchased through the subject society! For more information on subject societies, ask your tutor.

List of subject societies on our website

Find hobbies and get moving

Wellbeing tutoring offers all students at the University of Oulu the opportunity to try new hobbies easily under the guidance of tutors. There is culture, exercise and a variety of other entertainment for everyone to take part in.

University Sports of Oulu OKKL offers students a wide range of sports opportunities, which can be accessed by obtaining a sports pass. Both weekly classes and separate courses are available. In addition, Sports pass offers discounts on the services of several partners.

There are also various interest societies within the Student Union, where you can continue your hobby with other students or find a whole new pastime. Interest societies include music, exercise, art and games.

Information on wellbeing tutoring on our website

University Sports of Oulu website

List of interest societies on our website

Get to know the ways of the university

Follow the University’s communications to students so you know what’s going on both in your courses and in the entire university community. Important information can be found, for example, on the university’s student website. You can also read the news through Tuudo! Make sure you have an email you use regularly in the Peppi system, to get all the necessary information about your studies.

Subscribe to OYY’s weekly newsletter, and during the academic year you will receive a summary of student life news and events directly to your e-mail. By following OYY’s social media channels, you will also be involved in what is happening and what opportunities are available to participate in the activities of the Student Union.

You should also join the email lists for your own study subject, subject organization and roof guild in order to get information specifically about your field, faculty and subject society. For more information on these, contact your tutor.

Subscribe to the newsletter here

OYY in Facebook

OYY in Instagram


Oulu Student Magazine and event calendar

Glimpses of student life, stories of interesting people, science at the University of Oulu and current phenomena since 1961.

By following Oulu student magazine, you will get the best information and the news about the University of Oulu, science, current events and Oulu’s culture. Oulun Ylioppilaslehti is published four times a school year as a print issue and as a weekly updated online publication at You can also read the latest articles in the magazine from the mobile app Tuudo.

You can order the magazine’s annual edition (incl. Four magazines, starting with the next print magazine) delivered to your door at a membership price of 9.90 euros. You can find the free distribution points of the Oulu Student Magazine on the Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses of the University of Oulu. From the downtown area, the magazine can be picked up from, for example, the Oulu Main Library and the Valve Culture House. The print magazine can also be read at

In the event calendar, you can see all current events in the university community.

The Oulu Student Magazine is mainly in Finnish, but every number and the website have some stories and articles in English too!

Webpage of the Magazine

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