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All students in Finland undertaking a Bachelor or Master’s degree (excluding MBA), and who have registered their attendance at the University are required by Finnish law to be members of their student union – in this case OYY. The principle behind this law is that students need a representative body to safeguard the needs of current and future students. As a result we have a voice 11 000 strong in Oulu alone and a range of great benefits.

There is a fee to join the student union. The Representative Council of the Student Union determines the membership fee annually when it prepares the budget. The membership fee is made up of two parts: the health care payment for Finnish Student Health Service and the Student Union’s membership fee.

Advice service by our specialists

You can have personal advising from our advocacy specialists in OYY. You can contact them by sending email to

You can find our staffs’ contact information here.

Legal advice service

As a member of OYY you can use our cost free legal advice service which is paid by the Student Union. Legal advice service is given by:

Law office Ahola & Seppänen (Pakkahuoneenkatu 15 A 10, 90100 Oulu)

The legal advice service is open of OYY’s members on the second Wednesday of  every month  between 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can get legal advice from their office (face to face)* or you can give them a call ( +358 45 1846 979) when their service is open for OYY’s members. Remeber to take you student card with you!

Autumn 2020:
July 15th, August 12th, September 9th, October 14th, November 11th and December 9th


Money shortage? No worries! OYY will grant loans of 200 euros to members without interest (you only need to pay the handling fee of 8,40 euros). The payback time is four months. You can have the loan once in every semester. To get the loan you need two guarantors for your loan.

Give your loan application to OYY’s  front office during office hours. Usually you will get the loan decision immediately. Application forms for the loan are in OYY’s office. Remember that for the loan you need to fill the loan application from and the guarantor form. You can print them here or you can get them from OYY’s office.

For PhD-students

For doctorate students the OYY membership comes with all the benefits excluding healthcare, lunch and travel, which are nationally negotiated up to graduate-level only. The benefits include e.g. offers from Frank, student discounted tickets to events, more affordable free time activities and discounts in several stores. Doctoral student members are also offered a free legal advice service and specialist services as well as VIP-loans. Doctoral student members are greatly welcomed to all OYY’s events and operation, and can run as a candidate in OYY’s Student Council elections among other students in accordance to OYY’s rules.

OYY coordinates a network of a doctorate students’ section (DSS) which is a section for doctorate students to voice out their opinions and needs in the University of Oulu. The section gathers all hallopeds (student representatives of the administration of the University of Oulu) in UniOGS, and all doctoral students interested in developing the experience as a postgraduate are welcome. To join the section you are not obligated to be a member of OYY, but to work as a halloped or the sections chair or vice chair, it is required. The section works in English and in notified in the University’s doctoralstudents e-mail list, in OYY’s website and in the bulletin board of OYY outside OYY’s office. You can join the email list here.

At the moment there are about 250 postgraduate student members in OYY. OYY coordinates the elections of doctoral students to UniOGS’s Doctoral training committees, Education group and Management group. Next main call for postgraduates in in the fall of 2020. You can find all positions of student representatives and calls from

57 € Autumn semester 2020

28,5 € Spring semester 2021

Out of the 85,5 euros 28,5 euros goes to healthcare. Beginning from the spring of 2021, students will pay the healthcare fee directly to Kela – not to the Student Union anymore.

International degree students and exchange students

In the case of international students, this requirement by law applies only to international degree students. For exchange students joining is optional, but so highly recommended by both us and the University – the benefits really are that good that membership pays for itself within your first few weeks here.


PhD-students can apply for postgraduate membership  as long as they do not have withstanding study rights at graduate level. The price of postgraduate membership excludes healthcare (FSHS) costs. The membership comes with all the benefits excluding healthcare, lunch and travel, which are nationally negotiated up to graduate-level only.

Students of MBA programme

Students of MBA programmes are exempt from student union membership. An MBA does not meet the legal requirements to constitute an official Masters degree in Finland. This means that MBA students are not eligible for student benefits.

Registration and the payment of OYY’s membership fee

You can find information for registration and how to pay OYY’s membership fee on the University of Oulu webpages. You can download mobile app Tuudo or Pivo which has a build-in valid student card in Finland from the beginning August. It is also possible to order physical student card but it is not compulsory. The student card is valid with academic year/semester sticker. Stickers for next academic year can be get at OYY’s office from the beginning of August.

Once you’ve paid your membership fee you are entitled to enjoy all the benefits entailed in the membership.

More info about annual registration.

Attending / Absent

Only those students who have registered as “attending” to the University can be members of the Student Union. Students who register themselves as absent at any point in their studies, do not have access to student benefits during that time. This is controlled by student card mobile app or academic year/semester stickers.

Remember to re-validate your student card

After each year, your student card needs to be re-validated (with a sticker) for the next academic year/ semester.  It is easy to re-new your membership and re-validate your card  by paying the membership fee through the University’s  OILI system (with your student log-in), or by card or cash at the OYY Office. After you have paid the membership fee, you can use Tuudo or Pivo app as a student card or get a new academic year /semester sticker for your student card from the beginning of August.

If you are not able to pay membership fee on Oili (for new students), here are a few different payment methods:

Online banking (SEPA-payment within the EU/EEA are usually free of charge).

  • Payee: “Oulun yliopiston ylioppilaskunta” or “The Student Union of the University of Oulu”
  • IBAN: FI20 5741 3620 0141 31
  • Bank: Osuuspankki
  • Sum: 85,5 €  for the academic term, 57,00 € for the fall semester 2020 or 28,5 € for the spring semester 2021
  • Payments must be made in euros.
  • The payer must cover any possible transaction costs.
  • Reference: instead of using reference number write your name to the message box.
  • Remember to print the receipt for your records and bring it to Oulu!

Payment by card or cash at the student union office

  • You’ll find us at Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 1, Door 2T, 1st floor (Linnanmaa campus).
  • We accept Visa, Visa Electron, V-Pay, MasterCard and
  • OYY has a payment service point during the University’s International Student Orientation.
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