Fresher survival pack
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- 1 Before the academic year starts
- 1.1 Accept your offer of admission
- 1.2 Register yourself as an attending or non-attending student
- 1.3 Find a residence
- 1.4 Figure out your finances
- 1.5 Activate your university account
- 1.6 Join TKO-äly's activities
- 1.7 Make a study schedule
- 1.8 Get a student card
- 1.9 Get a student discount for public transport
- 1.10 Night access keys
- 1.11 Library
- 2 Coming from abroad?
- 3 During orientation
- 4 During the Fall
This is a collection of information to help you along with the start of your studies
Before the academic year starts
Accept your offer of admission
- Accept your student place by the deadline according to the instructions in your admission letter.
Register yourself as an attending or non-attending student
- Follow the steps outlined in the acceptance letter. You must register as attending by the end of August.
- You must pay the student union membership fee (46€ in 2022) and the healtcare fee for students in higher education (35,80 € / semester). The healthcare fee due date is September 30th, after which you must pay a late-payment fee of 5€.
- Note that in the fall you are only able to pay the fall's fee, as the next year's prices have not been set yet.
Find a residence
- Good resources are HOAS (Foundation for student housing in the Helsinki region) as well as the student union's hosuing guide. The union also has their own student houses and many of the [student nations offer apartments for their members (Finnish).
- Remember to submit a notification of address change once you've moved. The notification can also be submitted in-person at Digital and Population Data Services Agency service locations.
- Note that the notification might take a while to be processed. If this prevents you from gaining e.g. a student discount in the HSL app, contact the Digital and Population Data Services Agency's address service.
- If you're receiving the previous tenant's post after moving in, cross out the address, write "wrong address" or "does not live at address". You can return the post to any post box, to a Posti service location or hand it to the postperson.
- Especially if you're receiving old post, check your data in the Personal Data service to see that the property tenant count is correct. The previous tenant might have forgotten to do a notification of address change, which may affect your benefits.
- Find out if you need to make a separate notice to the (deputy) landlord. If in doubt, ask a neighbor!
Figure out your finances
- Check what benefits you're eglible for at Kela's website.
- The best way to apply for benefits is to use the OmaKela e-service. Applications are processed in order of arrival. You can track your application's progress through the same e-service.
- Student benefit is not granted retroactively. The earliest date you can receive benefit for is the application submission date. Remember to submit the application in time!
Activate your university account
- Without these you can not even register for courses
Join TKO-äly's activities
- Make room for events at the beginning of the academic year. This is the best way to get to know other students, TKO-äly and university culture.
- Download Telegram and join TKO-äly's channels (in Finnish, but discussion in English is welcome). You can find most fellow CS students here. It's also a great way to keep up to date & ask for help!
- Join the fresher group in Telegram. You can find the invitation link in the e-mail TKO-äly sent you or you can ask any of the Tutors to add you. If you don't join any other channels, join this one!
- Become a member of TKO-äly if you haven't yet.
- Investigate Gurula (article still in Finnish, in-person Gurula multilingual) and get to know the great people residing there!
- Make an account for the virtual register found in Gurula.
- Buy overalls! They are the de facto attire for any student event, unless otherwise specified.
- Check out the overall patches & buy ones you want on your overalls.
- Questions? Ask anyone in Gurula or on Telegram!
Make a study schedule
This part of the guide has yet to be translated. Your tutors will help with making a schedule.
Get a student card
- The Frank app works as a student card. You don't necessarily need a physical card, but it is available to order.
- The student card is required to get a student discount in e.g. UniCafe.
- If you do order a physical student card, year tags for them are distributed at the start of the academic year at campuses. If you need a year tag during the rest of the calendar year, you can get them from the student union's services office.
Get a student discount for public transport
Activate student status in the HSL app for a discounted monthly ticket.
- New students' discount starts at the beginning of the academic year on the 1st of August.
- Note that the discount is applied only to the monthly ticket.
- From the beginning of 2022 the discount can only be applied in the HSL app.
- There are exceptions to this rule that allow you to get the discount on a physical card as well.
- The built-in journey planner in the app and at hsl.fi will help you get to your destination.
- Google Maps also has great public transport support.
Night access keys
Some of the IT facilities are available outside normal campus opening hours. Students registered for attendance can get a magnetic key that allows you to use Gurula and other rooms meant for 24 h use.
- Instructions for applying for the key are at Helpdesk's webpage.
- You must write down that you're a Computer Science student on the application form to get access to Gurula.
- If your key doesn't work as it should, contact Helpdesk
- You can get access to the University library
- The library has a huge bunch of scientific books and journals, both in printed and electronic form
- Check out more info and instructions at the library web page
- Kumpula campus library is on the first floor of Physicum.
Coming from abroad?
Check out infoFinland for info on moving to Finland. Topics include but are not limited to:
- Processes and permits
- Separate section about Helsinki for more specific info
- Life in Finland
- Summaries on Finnish society
Go to TKO-äly's events
By attending TKO-äly's events you get to know your fellow students and student organization.
Get to know your tutoring group
Tutors are students that will help you at the beginning of your studies. You'll get a message from your own tutor(s) before the start of the academic year. Tutors hold meetings where you can get to know other freshers in your tutor group as well as the campus. Being a part of the tutor group is an easy way to make your first university friends. You'll also stay up to date. If nothing else, your tutor is a great #1 go-to for help regarding any questions you might have.
Sign up for courses
- Study-related help and other tips can be found in the tkt-apu (lit. tkt-help) Telegram channel.
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During the Fall
Even when busy, try to attend fresher events and your study organization's events. It is the absolute best way to make contacts at the start of your studies.
- Don't worry if you can't attend everything, but do try your best!
Find other organizations and activites at the University that seem interesting!
- Integralis is the student organization for the Bachelor of Science study programme. You can be sure that their events (including sitsit) are in English with a hint of other non-Finnish languages.
- Check out the student union's organization list
- The course site is a central location for course-related information, including important dates (exams etc.)
- This varies depending on the department. Math courses have a reputation for not always updating the course sites.
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