Doctoral students can also join to the Student Union, but their membership is voluntary.
Those who have decided to join are entitled to the same student union member services as graduate students. With the student card, they will also enjoy the student benefits negotiated by the student union and Opiskelijan Tampere (Student’s Tampere). As their membership does not include the fee or the services of Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), their membership fee is considerably smaller. Doctoral students are neither entitled to travel discounts by VR and Matkahuolto nor Kela’s student meal discounts – however, the student-owned restaurant chain Juvenes offers lunch at a reduced price for doctoral students.
TREY guards and promotes doctoral students’ interests, too. This is mainly focused on studying and guidance matters as well as the status of doctoral students at the university, which includes collaboration with players such as The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK. Additionally, doctoral students may use the consultation services of the Specialists of TREY. By paying the membership fee, doctoral students support TREY’s general advocacy work at both the university and the national level.