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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or by giving them a call (+358 45 1846 979).
Advice dates in year 2021:
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 Vulcanalia.
Doctoral students 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 student members exclude healthcare, lunch and travel benefits, which are nationally negotiated up to graduate-level only. The benefits do 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 member loans. Doctoral student 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 a network of a doctoral 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 the meetings are notified about on the University’s doctoralstudents email list, on OYY’s website and on the bulletin board of OYY, which is located outside OYY’s office. You can join the doctoralstudents 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 is in the fall of 2020. You can find all positions of student representatives and calls at halloped.fi.
57 € Autumn semester 2020
28,5 € Spring semester 2021
Out of the total of 85,5 euros, 28,5 euros goes to healthcare (FSHS). Beginning from the spring of 2021, students will pay the healthcare fee directly to Kela, meaning that it will not be included in the Student Union’s membership fee anymore.
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.
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 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.
If you are not able to pay the membership fee in 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
- SWIFT/BIC: OKOYFIHH
- Sum: 85,5 € for the academic year, 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 in the message box.
- Remember to deliver a receipt of your payment to your faculty’s office for registration!
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).
- We accept Visa, Visa Electron, V-Pay, MasterCard and Maestro.
- OYY has a payment service point during the University’s International Student Orientation.