By showing your student card, you are entitled to receive student discounts at the Finnish State Railways VR and Matkahuolto Bus Company and in student restaurants, for instance. The student card is needed also at the FSHS student health care. You can use Tuudo’s digital ID and/or Frank student card as your student card. You can access Tuudo’s ID right away after your study right has started. It might take a bit longer to get the Frank card.
Tuudo’s student ID
You can use the digital ID in the Tuudo mobile app if you are a BA/MA student or an exchange student. You can activate it in Tuudo after you have got your Uniarts username and password. You can use it to prove your student status, for example, in the student restaurants and for HSL public transport and VR. You can upload Tuudo for free from an application store (AppStore/ Google Play). Activate the ID by clicking the “Wallet” icon next to your name in the Tuudo main menu. The student ID becomes invalid as soon as your right to study ends, which is your date of graduation. You can read more on the Tuudo web site. Our Tuudo instructions can be found here.
Frank student card
If you are a member of the Uniarts Student Union, you can get a Frank student card. You can order it at Frank website. The order can be done earliest after your study right has started. Students must be registered as attending students to get the discounts. Read more about getting the Frank card, annual stickers and about the Frank benefits on the Student Union web pages.
Public transport and student prices
Student discount in long-distance trains (VR)
You can get student discount in trains in Finland with the student ID or the Frank student card. No other certificates are needed.
Before getting your ID/student card, it is possible to get student discount on trains with a temporary certificate (valid for 3 months). The certificate needs to be signed and stamped in the study affairs office. You can download and print the temporary certificate. Click the “Discount criteria” section to find the certificate.
Student discount in long-distance buses (Matkahuolto)
You can get student discount in buses in Finland with the student ID or the Frank student card. No other certificates are needed.
Before getting your ID/student card, it is possible to get student discount with a Matkahuolto student card for travelling on buses (price 10€ / year). For getting the Matkahuolto student card, you need to fill in the Matkahuolto student certificate that needs to be signed and stamped in the study affairs office. Download the Matkahuolto student certificate.
HSL (Helsinki Region Transport) student discounts for students who live permanently in Helsinki region
If you are a full-time student living in the HSL area, you can buy reduced rate Travel Card tickets under certain conditions.
If you are an international degree student, you must have a Finnish ID number and a certificate from Digital and Population Data Services Agency confirming that you are permanently living in the Helsinki region. You will also need a student card (Tuudo or Frank) or a completed Student discount application form before visiting a HSL service point. You can find more information on the student discount, as well as the form, on the HSL website. It’s good to know that if you want to use the HSL app, you must have a Finnish ID number saved into the Uniarts Peppi student system. If you don’t have an ID number, you can use the HSL travel card instead of the app.
Exchange students can get a HSL travel card from a HSL service point with a student discount application form and their ID. Please get a signature and a stamp to the form at your academy. The instructions and the application form are available on the HSL website (choose Discount tickets for exchange students).
Other student discounts and benefits
By showing your Finnish student card, you will get a discount at student cafeterias. If you don’t have a student card, you can show your certificate of attendance. A student lunch usually costs around 2.70€.
You can also eat in the student cafeterias of other universities. Student cafeteria UniCafe has many restaurants all over Helsinki, the nearest one in the city centre. Also, several Fazer Amica restaurants provide student lunches.
Other student discounts
Many museums, theaters, gyms, shops and coffee places will give student discounts with a student card. Students can purchase student-priced meals in student restaurants in Finland. You might also get free access to art museums – just remember to ask. As a student of Uniarts, you will get free access to almost all of the university’s concerts, performances, exhibitions and other events. You can read more about student discounts and the Student Union member benefits on the Student Union website.