Come to the Student Union’s events to have communal and cross-disciplinary fun!

As a member of the Student Union, you are welcome to enjoy various events all year round. The academic year is kick-started with the opening event – the biggest student party of the year. Independence Day is marked by a grand torchlight procession. In February, the Student Union’s anniversary is celebrated with respect to the academic celebration tradition.
On the Oulu Student Magazine website you can find the event calendar with all events held by organisations working on OYY.


Hurmos is the opening event of the academic year for higher education students in Oulu. The biggest opening of the academic year in Finland is held jointly with the Student Union of Oulu University of Applied Sciences, OSAKO. The event brings together the entire higher education community in Oulu.

For new students, the purpose of Hurmos is first and foremost to get to know the institutions and the whole community. Whereas for older students the event is an excellent opportunity to hang out with fellow students and celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.

Next Hurmos will be celebrated on September 7-8 2023. Current information about the event from Hurmos website.


Torchlight Procession

The torchlight procession is one of the oldest academic traditions. The event is open for all members of OYY and alumni. The procession gathers by the Toripolliisi-statue, and the destination is the Oulu Cemetery in Intiö. Along the way, the procession stops to listen to a performance by Cassiopeia, the mixed choir of the Student Union.

The dress code for the procession is dark outerwear and a student cap or a Teekkari cap.

Information about 2023 event from here


Löyly is a working life event aimed primarily towards international degree students, but open for everyone. The aim of the event is to offer practical guidance and tips in seeking a job in the Oulu area, and to provide information about the Finnish working life. Another aim is to bring together employers in Oulu and international degree students. The event is fully in English. The program consists of keynote-speeches, workshops, panel discussions and cv-photography.

The next Löyly is held in January 2023. The program of the event can be found on the Löyly website.



During the anniversary week, the Student Union’s anniversary is celebrated with events open for all members. The programme of the week consists of various events and activities on the campuses and elsewhere in the city. Throughout the years, the programme has consisted of, e.g., student parties, testing out new hobbies, discounted entrance fees in culture spots, discussion events, Care Dog visits, and many other interesting and fun activities to spice up students’ everyday lives.

The week culminates in the Student Union’s traditional Anniversary Ball, Annos. The main festivities are held on Kalevala Day, 28.2. and the preceding weekend. The Anniversary Ball is an event for all students of the University of Oulu, consisting of eating and drinking well, giving speeches and singing in accordance with the academic tradition in a fancy setting. In addition to the grand festivities, the annual academic honours are handed out to distinguished persons in organisations working under the Student Union. The Student Union ribbon to wear during academic celebrations can be purchased from the OYY office.