VYY wants to promote mental and physical well-being in their members’ everyday life by maintaining and improving their ability to study in terms of health care, housing, income, well-being and time management. Our most important collaboration partners in this endeavour are the University of Vaasa, the Finnish Student Health Service FSHS and Vaasa Student Housing VOAS.
The Finnish Student Health Service FSHS offers health (general health, oral health, mental health) services to university students. FSHS services are available to all undergraduate students of Finnish universities, at all FSHS locations around Finland. The FSHS fee is included in the Student Union membership fee.
When visiting FSHS, you should carry a student card with a valid academic year sticker. A receipt of membership payment or a certificate of attendance from the University can also serve as proof of paid membership fee. With an old academic year sticker, you can use the FSHS services till the end of August. FSHS office in Vaasa, Finland, can be found at the address Hovioikeudenpuistikko 15 C (entrance from Harmanninkuja).
The Student Housing Foundation in Vaasa, VOAS provides student accommodation in Vaasa. The student housing situation in Vaasa is relatively good. There are plenty of apartments and the rent is reasonable. The greatest demand for apartments is from August to October, but at other times homes are available easily.
Also, city owned rental apartments are available from Pikipruukki Oy.
As a student of the University of Vaasa you can apply for financial aid through Kela’s online services.
Student financial aid consists of the study grant and student financial aid. For detailed information on the amount and applying for it can be found on the KELA website. Financial aid will also set income limits that define the maximum amount of annual income.
As a student you are also eligible for general housing allowance.
VYY also strives to provide job opportunities for students. A good opportunity to explore future employers or to look for summer jobs is at the Contact recruiting fair held annually at the end of January. At the fair, students can establish contacts with future employers, as well as browse available summer jobs. Traditionally, the fair includes also a CV clinic, where students can polish their job search tactics with the assistance of professionals.
The University of Vaasa Career Services will also provide guidance on employment and training.
Students are entitled to Vaasa city social welfare services and, under certain conditions, to income support. For more details, please see the Vaasa City webpage.
In all matters relating to income you can contact the Student Union’s Secretary for Student Interests.
Studies not progressing - who can I turn to?
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS)
Mental health problems are the most common university student health problems. Mental health can be compromised due to issues related to studying or other everyday life issues. Help on issues related to mental health can be obtained from FSHS health care and nurses, general practitioners, specialist nurses and social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. You can book an FSHS appointment here.
The University of Vaasa employs a study psychologist, who is specialized in the psychology of learning, counselling and advising. You can discuss personal issues related to your studies, such as study motivation, fatique and anxiety, confidentially with the study psychologist.
The university chaplain is a Chaplain of the Vaasa Evangelical Lutheran congregation. You can contact the Chaplain and arrange an appointment if you feel you are in need of a private, confidential discussion and support. These can be matters related to, for instance, human relations, crisis situations in your own life or in those of your love ones, quality of life, religious matters, workload or stress from studying and study fatique. You can also ask for advice on all church services, adult confirmation classes or church related activities. The university chaplain is bound by absolute professional confidentiality.
Contact: Chaplain Tiina Keinänen email@example.com, puh. 044 480 8218.
For more information, please visit the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union of Vaasa website.
University sports are organized by the University. VYY wants to ensure that sports facilities will be developed and a wide range of options be offered in order to mobilize the students and motivate them to take care of their physical condition. If you do not find a suitable form of exercise, contact us and tell us of your needs, so that we can do our best to make it happen. More information on the sports services range are available on the University website. University sports also have their own Facebook page.
Harassment contact person
The Student Union offers help on harassment cases to its members. This activity is not regulated by law, and student unions do not have authority to officially investigate harassment cases among students. The purpose of the harassment contact person activity is to provide an impartial person you can talk to and who can give advice about what to do and to help you solve the issues.
The most important task of VYY’s harassment contact person is to listen to and support students who have experienced harassment. The harassment contact person has a duty of confidentiality, and they do not keep any records of the people who contact them. You can come and discuss if you have experienced e.g. sexual harassment, bullying or other harassment from someone at the University. You can also contact the harassment contact person if you just want to talk to someone, for example about anxiety, loneliness or problems related to studying or relationships. Please feel free to contact if you need support!
VYY harassment contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org