Need to find a student apartment? Try these web pages. HOAS, Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region. AYY Aalto University Student Union. You can also try to find an apartment from the private sector.
There are many restaurants in Otaniemi in which you can get lunch at a student friendly price. To see the menu of the week in all restaurants Click here!
FSHS, Finnish Student Health Service (YTHS, Ylioppilaiden terveydenhoitosäätiö) is an organisation that provides general, mental and oral health care services for undergraduate students of universities and other institutions of higher education. There is an FSHS service unit in Otaniemi and a larger unit in Helsinki, Töölö. Prices are very student friendly; some basic treatments are even free of charge. You always need to have an appointment, which you can make by phone or visiting one of the Units. To get this student friendly health care you have to be a member of AYY. See more about FSHS: FSHS
Kela (Social insurance institution of Finland) looks after basic security for all persons resident in Finland. You may be entitled to financial aid, if you are registered as a permanent resident of Finland in the population register system and your purpose for residence in Finland is something other than education (for example, work, family ties or return migration). Read more about Kela and financial aid: KELA. It is usually possible to open a bank account in Finland for foreigners. When visiting a bank, take with you your ID and a certificate of studies.
Members of AYY are entitled to apply for student card, which gives you many discounts and other benefits. Student card costs 15.10 euro. Note that there might be a queue for the card, so make sure to order early. Application and information: Click here!
Public transportation is easy to use and you should be able to go from any place to another in Helsinki metropolitan area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen) easily by bus, train, underground or tram. To get a student discount you need a travelling card called matkakortti. Read more about the Helsinki region transport (prices, information): HRT To plan your journey (route, timetables): Click here!