Welcome to Tampere University and to the Student Union!
On this page, you can find the key information to get you going with your student life in Tampere. We at the Student Union of Tampere University (TREY) have also produced a guidebook for all the new students. We students – Freshers’ Guide to TREY 2020-2021. The guide can be accessed through this link.
Tampere University has put together a collection of links and important information to help you with the start of your studies. The checklist includes pre-arrival information, tips to starting your studies here and information on living in Finland. You can find the checklist here.
The student union
The Student Union of Tampere University (TREY) consists of 18,000 members studying in Tampere University. TREY supervises the students’ intests, assists student associations, provides member services and builds our community. All of us constitute the student union. You can find the instructions on becoming a member here. Here you can see which subject association is yours and find new hobbies and clubs to join!
Through TREY’s membership, you are also a member of the National Union of University Students in Finland (SYL) together with all the other degree students in Finnish universities. Read SYL’s greetings to new students from this link!
TREY’s office is located on Hervanta campus, on the 1st and 2nd floor of the main building. TREY’s Executive Board and most of the staff work there.
Student cards and member services are provided through TREY’s service desks. On city centre campus, the service office is located in room D213 in the main building. The service office in Hervanta is situated on the 2nd floor of the main building. The opening hours can be found here.
Each new student is assigned a student tutor in Tampere University. Tutors are usually more experienced students of the same field whose task is to introduce you to your studies, the practicalities of studying in a Finnish university as well as student life and the community here in Tampere.
Your tutor will contact you during the summer to introduce themself and to ask you about your arrival plans. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, please tell your tutor about your arrival schedule. You will meet your tutor once you arrive in Tampere.
It is important to follow the University’s guidelines and instructions regarding the COVID-19 situation. These can be found on the Student’s Guide and we have also gathered many of the instructions on our website. See TREY’s coronavirus FAQ here.
Student tutoring is organised jointly by the university, the student union and subject associations. If you have any questions regarding your tutoring, please contact TREY’s Specialist in Tutoring. The contact info for all TREY officers can be found here.
The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) provides healthcare for you while you study at Tampere University. FSHS services are available for students who are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and have enrolled as present, and to those exchange students who have joined the student union. FSHS is a specialist in student health care: they offer you as a student of university general, mental and oral health services and support for well-being of study communities. Read more abot FSHS services from FSHS website behind this link or visit TREY’s healthcare page here. You can find FSHS introduction video behind this link!
The students of Tampere have various housing options from proper student flats to open market studios and shared flats with friends. You should start looking for an apartment as soon as your place at the university is confirmed. You can usually get a shared student flat the fastest because the lines are shorter.
Check out Kela’s website here to see, if you are entitled to financial aid. The financial aid consists of a study grant liable for tax, government guarantee for a student loan and student loan tax deduction. The qualifying conditions for student financial aid are full-time studying and academic progress. You can apply for financial aid online in Kela’s eServices. The aid is granted for the whole degree at once in nine-month periods (from 1 September to 31 May). You must apply separately for the summer months (from 1 June to 31 August).
The buses of Tampere regional transport, Nysse, will take you around town easily. We suggest you get yourself a travelcard right away! You can get a personal travelcard, which enables you to use youth and student discounts, if you have a Finnish social security number. If you don’t have one, you can obtain a holder-specific travelcard and travel at regular prices.
You can also cycle your way around the city and the possibilities for cycling are improved all the time.