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Presenting AYY’s Emergency Housing Coordinator

Larissa Haggrén. Photo: Riikka Koskela

Once again, the demand for student accommodation spikes as the new students arrive on campuses. At AYY, newcomers lacking accommodation will this autumn be assisted by Emergency Housing Coordinator Larissa Haggrén. The art education student has previously worked in AYY’s member services at the now-closed Arabia service point and also been actively involved with student associations. “I’ve been helping out new students quite a lot even before through my work and association roles, in my current position I’m just mainly focusing on housing services,” says Haggrén.

Haggrén anticipates a similar demand for emergency housing as in previous years. For now, there have only been a few lodgers, but with September approaching, there are more and more inquiries. “The service is most useful for international students who cannot get to apartment viewings before they arrive in Finland. We can’t make flats appear out of thin air, but we are doing our best,” ensures Haggrén.

The task of the Emergency Housing Coordinator is to give advice and tips on looking for an apartment, as well as informing people about emergency housing. However, emergency housing is only used as the last option, as there are limited places available. Haggrén also points out that a place can only be reserved a maximum of three working days before arrival. “If emergency housing is decided upon, I’ll arrange picking up the keys and other practicalities with the student.”

Haggrén advises new students with no prearranged accommodation to keep their search criteria as broad as possible. In addition to AYY and HOAS, it’s worth looking for apartments elsewhere, such as the private market. “The broader the criteria you can give, the better the chances of finding an apartment. Studios are the most requested housing type, so if you’re looking on your own, it’s definitely worth applying for a room in shared apartments as well and, if possible, bigger apartments too.”

If you can’t find permanent accommodation straightaway, staying in a hotel or a hostel, for example, might be a temporary solution. Haggrén encourages anyone who is concerned about their accommodation situation to get in touch with her. “There’s not much room in emergency housing and we can’t make any definite promises, but we aim to find a place for everybody who needs one.”

The Emergency Housing Coordinator can be reached until 28 Sept 2018. Her contact details and more information on emergency housing can be found here: https://ayy.fi/en/housing/apartment-seekers/how-to-apply-for-housing/emergency-housing/

Applications for the renovated Jämeräntaival 5 A apartments open from the 13th August to the 14th of September

In October, a total of 32 apartments will be completed at Jämeräntaival 5 A, 24 of which are shared studio apartments. People can move in to the apartments starting from the 1st of November. Please note that apartments are ready in the beginning of NOVEMBER 2018, one month later than we informed first.

The AYY Board has decided that all AYY’s members with valid right of residence for AYY apartments are given equal opportunity to apply for the Jämeräntaival 5 A apartments. Lots will be drawn to determine who gets an apartment.

The application process for the apartments differs somewhat from the usual:

  • You can apply for the apartments between the 13th August and 14th September 2018.
  • The place in the queue for all applications submitted within the deadline will be drawn by lot.
  • The lots will be drawn within different score groups.
  • After the 14 th of September 2018, the applications will continue according to the normal queuing process.

A shared studio apartment is a cross between a shared apartment and a studio. Each tenant has a personal room with their own toilet/bathroom and a kitchenette, equipped with a fridge, freezer, oven and stove. Keeping the communal spaces clean and tidy is the responsibility of the tenants.

Read the application instructions: https://ayy.fi/en/housing/apartment-seekers/how-to-apply-for-housing/

Find out more about the apartments and send your application to us via Domo: https://domo.ayy.fi

The summer opening hours 2018

AYY’s Services Office in Otaniemi will be partially be closed during July.

Otaniemi Services Office is closed Mon 9.7. – Fri 27.7.2018

Open normally until Friday 6.7.2018 and from Monday 30.7.2018 on.
Normal opening hours: Mon-Fri 12:00–16:00.
More information about our location & opening hours can be found here.

NB! When the office is closed, emergency services are organised at Otaniemi Service Point every Monday between 2pm–5pm.

You can reach us by phone on Mondays and Tuesdays at 14:00-16:00:

  • Housing +358 50 520 9410
  • Membership and rental facilities +358 50 520 9400

You can send us an email using these links:

Welcome to AYY!

Hi, new student! A warm welcome to Aalto University – and of course to AYY, the Aalto University Student Union.

We have collected an information package on this page to help you get started with your student life. Keep in mind that you can always turn to AYY’s staff if you have any questions related to student life. You can find our contact information here.

See you in the autumn!

 

Student Union housing and services

The Aalto University Student Union owns apartments that are rented to Aalto University students.

First-year students and students moving from outside the Helsinki metropolitan area are given priority when distributing apartments. You can apply for an apartment as soon as you have received confirmation of being accepted to Aalto University.

When applying for an AYY shared apartment, first year students receive a so-called “freshman point” that gives them priority over students who have studied at Aalto for longer. To receive the point, you must apply for an apartment before the end of July or end of December, depending on when you are starting your studies.

Applying for an AYY apartment

Unfortunately, AYY cannot provide student apartments for all Aalto University students, so you should also look for a home through other channels. Check these out, for example:

Other services

In addition to apartments, AYY does advocacy work for its members and offers them various other services. For example, AYY members can rent sauna and meeting facilities and a van at very affordable prices.

You can find out more about AYY’s member benefits and services here.

The Otaniemi service office at Otakaari 11 helps you in housing matters and other issues related to the Student Union’s services. You can find the office’s opening hours here.

Associations and volunteering

There are more than 200 associations operating within AYY’s sphere of influence, from subject associations and guilds to sports clubs and hobby associations. If you want to continue your old hobby or start a new one, you can do it in the Aalto community!

Find out more about associations operating within AYY here.

You can also take part in the Student Union’s activities by working as a volunteer. AYY’s volunteers organize numerous events every year and work with international and corporate cooperation matters, among other things. Volunteers are the heart of AYY – by volunteering, you can have an impact on what the Student Union does and what it looks like.

Most of AYY’s volunteer recruiting takes place at the end of the year, in November–December, but the search for project-based tasks may be open also at other times. Follow AYY’s communications for example via Facebook.

 

Student financial aid and the student card

Student financial aid

Finnish student financial aid consists of the study grant, student loan and meal subsidy. You can also apply for general housing allowance separately.

Please note that unfortunately, international students are usually not eligible for student financial aid – see following links for details.

Frank

You can order your student card through the Frank service. Frank offers both a digital and a traditional, plastic student card. For 15€, you can add the international ISIC license to both cards, entitling you to over 150,000 benefits in more than 130 countries.

The digital student card Frank App is an official student identifier tag. You should download and activate it immediately after paying your AYY membership fee. It opens up hundreds of discounts, including student restaurants and cheaper commuter tickets from VR and HSL.

A plastic student card with Debit MasterCard services offered by Danske Bank is free to all university students. Without the payment service, the card costs 15.10€ + delivery fees.

More information on different card options and delivery can be found on the Frank website.

Please note that after receiving your plastic student card, you will need to get a year tag for it. You can get one from AYY’s service office in Otaniemi, for example.

 

Health and well-being

FSHS

Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) looks after the health of university students.

After paying the Student Union membership fee, you can receive help from FSHS in the areas of general, oral and mental health when you need it. Appointments are made by phone, and FSHS has a callback service. Contacting FSHS and general health appointments are always free of charge.

In order to use the services as efficiently as possible, you should create a user account for FSHS’s electronic Self service. You can use the service to handle your appointments and other health-related matters electronically.

You can use the services of any FSHS unit anywhere in Finland. When FSHS is closed or you are unable to book an appointment, you can use your local health center’s regular or on-call services.

FSHS units in the Helsinki metropolitan area:

  • Otaniemi: Otakaari 12, Espoo
  • Töölö: Töölönkatu 37 A, Helsinki

Other well-being services

Is your student life not going as it should? You don’t need to be alone with your problems!

If you have challenges related to your studies, you can contact your school’s student counseling services or the Aalto study psychologists.

Study psychologists guide and support students in challenges related to learning, motivation, self-regulation, stress management and studying capacity. You can reach the study psychologists via email: opintopsykologit@aalto.fi

You can turn to the Aalto chaplains if you want to have a confidential discussion about anything related to life, work, studying or relationships.

The Aalto chaplains are available to all members of Aalto regardless of religion or worldview. Contact them:

  • Jenny Vainio
    050 365 2256
    jenny.vainio@evl.fi
  • Anu Morikawa
    050 4644 375
    anu.morikawa@evl.fi

The student support center Nyyti is a nationwide association that promotes the mental well-being and studying capacity of students.

The association organizes group chats and online courses, among other things, on topics related to student well-being. Anyone who has questions related to mental health or coping and well-being can join the chat and groups.

More information: www.nyyti.fi/en/

University sports and exercise – UniSport

UniSport provides affordable sports services to all Aalto members. UniSport’s selection of services includes e.g. group exercise, ball games, gyms and various courses.

Sports centers are available in Otaniemi, Kumpula, Meilahti, Töölö and at the University of Helsinki’s city center campus. Training Cards and per-visit tickets are permanently affordable for all Aalto University students.

More information: www.unisport.fi

 

Transport in the Helsinki metropolitan area

Students under 30 years of age whose place of residence is within the HSL area (Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen, Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Vantaa) and who have a valid discount entitlement on their travel card are eligible for a student discount (-50%) in public transport in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Visit the HSL website for more information and the student discount application form.

Routes and timetables for public transport can be found in the HSL Reittiopas service at www.reittiopas.fi

You can also use city bikes in Espoo and Helsinki between the end of the spring and the start of the autumn. You can use the city bikes after you have paid the 30 € annual fee, and there are several city bike stations also in the campus area. You can find more information about the service here.

Students are also entitled to discounts on VR’s (trains) and Matkahuolto’s (coaches) long-distance journeys. Keep in mind that these discounts require you to have a valid student card with a year tag!

Applications for the renovated Jämeräntaival 5 B apartments open from the 12th to the 15th of June

In June, a total of 34 apartments will be completed at Jämeräntaival 5 B, 30 of which are shared studio apartments. People can move in to the apartments starting from the 2nd of July.

The AYY Board has decided that all AYY’s members with valid right of residence are given equal opportunity to apply for the Jämeräntaival 5 B apartments. Lots will be drawn to determine who gets an apartment.

The application process for the apartments differs somewhat from the usual:

– You can apply for the apartments between the 12th and 15th of June 2018.
– The place in the queue for all applications submitted within the deadline will be drawn by lot.
– The lots will be drawn within different score groups.
– After the 15th of June 2018, the applications will continue according to the normal queuing process.

A shared studio apartment is a cross between a shared apartment and a studio. Each tenant has a personal room with their own toilet/bathroom and a kitchenette, equipped with a fridge, freezer, oven and stove. Keeping the communal spaces clean and tidy is the responsibility of the tenants.

Read the application instructions: https://ayy.fi/en/housing/apartment-seekers/how-to-apply-for-housing/

Find out more about the apartments and send your application to us via Domo: https://domo.ayy.fi

Available Studio Apartment in Roihuvuori, Helsinki – Apply Now!

Are you a student and looking for a home?

Aalto University Student Union has one vacant studio apartment in Helsinki and this apartment is available for any student. However, AYY rents apartments primarily favouring members of the Student Union. AYY member does not need to have right of residence. Right of residence for these apartments is three (3) years from the start of the contract. Please note that if you are already living in an AYY apartment, the period of notice is one whole month, starting from the end of the month in which you submit the written notice.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to go and see this apartment.

If you are interested in this apartment, be quick and contact the housing services using this form. More information about these apartments can be found on Domo.

UPDATE 24.5.2018: THIS APARTMENT HAS NOW BEEN RENTED