The members of TREY include all students who are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at Tampere University, as well as those doctoral and exchange students at Tampere University who have chosen to join the student union. Students become members of TREY by paying the membership fee and registering at the university.
The most important benefit of the membership is the student card and all the discounts it brings. The student card also works as an access card in the university facilities. Degree students are entitled to the basic health services provided by Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), including dental care and mental health. TREY also provides a variety of services to its members and associations including events, free legal counselling, guidance, trainings and much more. Every student is welcomed to become involved in TREY’s activities.
TREY promotes the interests of students in the university and at the local level. The advocacy work of the student union includes educational matters, livelihood, housing, social welfare as well as international affairs. The main tasks of the student unions are defined in the Finnish law, and TREY appoints the student representatives to the university administration and faculties. As many of these boards and working groups use Finnish as their working language, TREY has established an International Advisory Board to improve international students’ opportunities to decision-making.
TREY is a member of SYL, The National Union of University Students in Finland, which leads the advocacy work at the national level.
Membership is voluntary for exchange students. However, as a member you are entitled to the same services as the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students. These services include the student card and the benefits and discounts it gives you, for example reduced student prices in long-distance trains and buses, as well as the health care offered by the FSHS.
Membership is voluntary for doctoral students. Unfortunately doctoral students are not entitled to health care provided by FSHS and therefore their membership fee is considerably smaller as it does not include the FSHS fee. However, the doctoral student’s membership card entitles you to student benefits negotiated by the student union and Opiskelijan Tampere. Doctoral students are not entitled to travel discounts by VR and Matkahuolto or Kela’s student meal discounts, but the student-owned restaurant chain Juvenes offers lunches at a reduced price.