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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.

Counseling service by our specialists

You can receive personal counseling from our advocacy specialists in OYY. You can contact them by sending an email to

You can find our staff’s contact information here.

Legal advice service

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

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

The legal advice service is open for OYY’s members on the second Wednesday of  every month  between 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can get face-to-face legal advice by visiting their office or you can give them a call ( +358 45 1846 979) during the open hours for OYY’s members. Remember to bring your student card with you! Online meeting is also an option and you can book a time to online meeting via email or by giving them a call (+358 45 1846 979).

Advice dates in year 2021:
Feb. 10th
Mar. 10th
Apr. 14th
May 12th
Jun. 16th
Jul. 14th
Aug. 11th
Sept. 15th
Oct. 13th
Nov. 10th
Dec. 15th

Member loan

Money shortage? No worries! OYY grants loans to its members, who are suffering from temporary financial challenges. The loan is 200 euros and it is free of interest (you only need to pay the handling fee of 8,40 euros). The repayment period of the loan is four months. You can receive the loan once every semester. In order to receive the loan you need two guarantors to back your loan.

Bring your loan application to OYY’s front office during office hours. Usually you will get the loan decision immediately. Remember, that for the loan you need to fill out two forms: the Member Loan application form and the Guarantee of Loan form. You can print them here or you can get them from OYY’s office.


OYY annually arranges many events, including the big opening event of the academic year.

57 € for the entire academic year 2021-2022, or 28,5 € for the autumn semester 2021 and 28,5 € spring semester 2022

Since spring of 2021, students have paid the healthcare fee directly to Kela, meaning that it will not be included in the Student Union’s membership fee anymore. Here are the instructions how to pay the fee.

International degree students and exchange students

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

Doctoral researchers

Doctoral researchers can apply for postgraduate membership as long as they do not have withstanding study rights at graduate level. The price of postgraduate membership is 57 € per entire academic year or 28,5 € per semester. 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 the mobile app Tuudo or Pivo which both contain a built-in student card that is valid from the beginning August. It is also possible (but not compulsory) to order a plastic student card. The plastic student card is only valid with an academic year/semester sticker. You can get stickers for the next academic year at OYY’s office from the beginning of August.

Once you have 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.

Are you a new student? If you have accepted your study place in and you want to enrol at the higher education institution, you should log into the My Studyinfo for enrolment and pay the student union membership fee.

Are a continuing student? Enrol as an attending in OILI and pay the student union membership fee. If you cannot use OILI to pay the membership fee visit the Student Union’s office or contact us.

Are you a new international degree student or an exchange student? You have three options to pay the mandatory student union membership fee (they are listed below).

  • Choose payment option 1, 2 or 3
  • Pay the fee
  • Forward the receipt for your academic affairs’ service team in order to complete your university registration

Academic affairs’ service teams by faculties

Faculty of Humanities:
Faculty of Education:
Faculty of Science:
Faculty of Technology:
Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine:
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering:
Faculty of Medicine:
Oulu Business School:

Option 1:

  • Create a profile to with your real name (as written in your passport)
  • Buy the Student Union membership for semester or academic year. You find the memberships by following this link or by typing to’s search #UniOulu2021
  • Forward the receipt (an order confirmation email from to your faculty’s academic affairs’ service team.

Option 2: 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: 57 € for the academic year, 28,50 € for the fall semester 2021 or 28,5 € for the spring semester 2022
  • Payments must be made in euros.
  • The payer must cover any possible transaction costs.
  • Reference: instead of using reference number write your name in the message box.
  • Froward the receipt of the payment to your faculty’s academic affairs’ service team.

Option 3: Payment by card or cash at the student union office

  • You can find us at Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 1, Door 2T, 1st floor (Linnanmaa campus). You can find the opening hours from our website or social media
  • We accept Visa, Visa Electron, V-Pay, MasterCard and Maestrocredit-card-icons
  • Froward a picture of the receipt to your faculty’s academic affairs’ service team.

Doctoral researchers can apply for OYY’s membership if they so desire. The membership entitles them to the member services of OYY and student discounts. However, the benefits for doctoral researcher members exclude healthcare, lunch and travel benefits, which are nationally negotiated up to graduate-level only. The benefits do include e.g. student discounted tickets for events, more affordable free time activities and discounts in several stores. Doctoral researcher members are also offered a free legal advice service and specialist services as well as member loans. Doctoral researcher members are greatly welcomed to all of OYY’s events and activity, and can run as candidates in OYY’s Student Council elections among other students in accordance to OYY’s rules.

OYY coordinates the elections of doctoral researchers to UniOGS’s Doctoral Training Committees, Education Group and Management Group. Next main call for postgraduates is in the fall of 2021. You can find all positions of student representatives and calls at

Doctoral researchers can apply for postgraduate membership as long as they do not have withstanding study rights at graduate level. The price of postgraduate membership is 57 € per entire academic year or 28,5 € per semester. The membership comes with all the benefits excluding healthcare, lunch and travel, which are nationally negotiated up to graduate-level only.

OYY coordinates a network of a Doctoral Researchers’ Section (DRS) which is a section for doctoral researchers to voice out their opinions and needs in the University of Oulu. The section gathers all representatives of the administration of the University of Oulu in UniOGS, and all doctoral researchers 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 representative of the administration or the sections chair or vice chair, it is required. The section works in English, and the meetings are notified about on the University’s doctoralstudents email list, on OYY’s website and social media. You can join the doctoralstudents email list here.

At the moment there are about 250 postgraduate student members in OYY. 

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