The Student Union provides various services for university students. Under the student union act, all undergraduate degree students (completing Bachelor's or Master's degree at the University of Eastern Finland) are required to join the Student Union. Exchange students studying in Finland for longer than three months are welcome to join the Student Union, but are not obliged to do so. If the exchange student's study period at the University of Eastern Finland lasts less than three months, it is not possible for them to join the Student Union. To become a member, one must pay the membership fee. It entitles students to the services of Student Health Service, discounts on meal prices in the cafeterias on campus and at a number of shops, stores and restaurants, and to 45-55% discount on long distance train and bus fares.
For postgraduate (Doctoral) students, who have already completed their Master's degree, the Student Union membership is voluntary. They are entitled only to the local discounts the Student Union has negotiated with some of the local shops. Postgraduate students are not entitled to subsidised meals, travel discounts or Student Health Services.
The membership fees for the academic year 2017-2018 are for Bachelor's or Master's degree students €126/full year and €65/semester and for Doctoral students €56/full year and €30,5/semester. Memberships of less than one semester will not be considered. Only members of Student Union can get a student card.
Students who have paid the Student Union (ISYY) membership fee can order a student card. The student card entitles you to a discount on meals at the campus restaurants as well as to reduced train and bus fares. Moreover, students who have paid the Student Union (ISYY) membership fee are entitled to use the services provided by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). You can order a physical student card or a digital student card.
Physical (plastic) student card: The student card should be ordered online. Before ordering, you need a digital photo of yourself, your student number, and a credit card (or Finnish online banking codes) for the payment. Also, you need a Finnish personal identity code (read more in the next chapter).You can order the card before you have registered at the University, but it will not be made until you have paid the Student Union membership fee, registered as being present at the university and paid for the card. The student card costs €15,10. You can pick up your card from the Student Union (ISYY) office.
Digital student card: You can activate a digital student card if you do not need a physical student card. The Frank App can be downloaded through Google Play store and App Store. With the digital student card you are eligible to all the same student discounts as with the traditional one. You can order a digital card after you have paid the Student Union (ISYY) membership fee. You also need a Finnish personal identity code (read more in the next chapter). Please note that your personal information in the student register and in the Frank App need to match so that the systems recognise it. Digital student card is free of charge for all students. Read more about the digital student card.
Student Union (ISYY) offices: The Student Union of the University of Eastern Finland (ISYY) operates on three campuses.
- Joensuu office: Yliopistokatu 7, 80100 Joensuu, tel. +358 50 341 6346. Open Mon, Tue, Thu, 10–15 (10am–3pm), Fri 10-13 (10am-1pm), Wed closed.
- Kuopio office: Yliopistonranta 3, 70211 Kuopio, tel. +358 44 576 8419. Open Mon, Tue, Thu, 10–15 (10am–3pm), Fri 10-13 (10am-1pm), Wed closed.
- Savonlinna office: Kuninkaankartanonkatu 7, 57101 Savonlinna, tel. +358 44 576 8430. Open Mon-Thu 10–14 (10am–2pm) and Fri 10–13 (10am–1pm)
When you register at the university, you will get a confirmation of registration. By showing this confirmation, you will get a discount on meals at the campus restaurants and you are entitled to use the services provided by Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) until you get your student card.
Finnish personal identity code
International students staying longer than three months in Finland should obtain a Finnish Personal Identity Code (henkilötunnus). You need it for e.g. activating your student card, opening a bank account, and for university database and statistical purposes. The personal identity code will also make it easier to deal with different Finnish authorities.
In order to get a Finnish Personal Identity Code you have to visit the local Register Office during the first three months of your stay. Ask to be registered in the Finnish Population Information System - this means that you get your Identity Code and your postal address in Joensuu/Kuopio/Savonlinna is registered.
After receiving the identity code, please inform the Student and Learning Services about it either by visiting the office or sending an email. You can visit our office and present the identity card or another document that displays the identity code. If you cannot visit our office in person, you can also inform us on your identity number by email: opiskelu(at)uef.fi. Your identity code will be entered into the student register only after the Student and Learning Services receive it, and only after that you will be able to order your digital student card.
Students from non-EU/ETA countries can apply for the identity code when applying for the residence permit. Read more.