Services for members

Services for members

In short

Starting kit

The starting kit service hours are from Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. During the autumn semester the starting kits can be returned until 21th of December 2018.

International students have a possibility to borrow basic kitchenware, such as spoons, forks, knives and plates, at a reasonable price. If you don’t want to buy your own kitchenware, Starting Kit is for you!

The Starting Kit is a member service. In case you belong to a student category for whom the membership is voluntary (exchange and visiting students, post-graduate (doctoral) students), please be prepared to prove your membership. Before you have received your student card you can simply display the receipt from the payment of the membership fee when collecting the Kit.

There is a limited number of Starting Kits available on a first come, first served principle. You can borrow a Starting Kit for one year for a €20 fee in cash. When you return your kit to the Student Union clean and undamaged, you will receive €17 back. Starting Kits can be picked up from the Tamy office. They cannot be reserved in advance.

Starting Kits consist of donated second-hand kitchenware in a fairly good condition.

The Kit includes:

  • 1 sauce pan or a frying pan
  • 1 big plate
  • 2 small plates
  • 1 soup plate
  • 2 mugs
  • 2 glasses
  • forks, knives, small and big spoons (2 each)
  • 1 cutting knife
  • 1 spatula

Please also mind the opening times of the office (see main page) and follow the Facebook group Tamy’s International Students for additional information on the Starting Kit service hours.

Winter sports equipment

Exclusively for our international members, Tamy lends skates, sledges and coasters for winter sports. Borrowing winter sports equipment is free of charge and you may keep the items for 2-3 days. Just show your student card when borrowing! Tamy’s Specialist in International Affairs or the Office Secretary will help you further.

Specialist counselling

Tamy’s specialists are here to advice students with questions about e.g. the University, livelihood and housing. You can contact specialists confidentially. See contact info for more information.

For those members in need of legal advice, Tamy offers legal counselling free of charge. To get counselling, contact the law office Magnusson Law and inform them that you are a member of Tamy. The contact person is Riitta Rauhala ( /, Tel. 0207 419 506)

You may receive counselling either on the telephone or at the law office’s premises. Legal counselling only includes legal advice, not lawyer services, documentation or other legal services. Legal counselling is not available in the summer (June to August) nor during Christmas holidays.


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Van rental

Tamy lends its van to the Student Union members for an affordable user fee. Only members of Tamy who have either a Finnish class B driving licence or a foreign driving licence approved by the Finnish police are entitled to reserve and drive the van. The van is more difficult to drive than a passenger car, so the person driving should be a very confident driver. The inside measurements the boot of Toyota Hiace: length 278 cm, width 160 cm and height 142 cm, volume of the boot 6.5 m3.

The recipient of the keys is responsible for any misuse and damage caused to the vehicle and possible third parties. By signing the rental agreement the recipient accepts the van rental terms and conditions. The van can be booked at Tamy’s Services office.

During the academic year you have the option of reserving the van for three different time periods:

  • On weekdays, morning or afternoon (9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 12:30–3:30 p.m.) €0.50/km (minimum fee €10 per reservation)
  • Overnight from Monday to Thursday (3:30 p.m.–9:30 a.m.) €0.50/km (minimum fee €15 per reservation)
  • Weekend (Fri 3:30 p.m.–Mon 9:30 a.m.) €0.50/km (minimum fee €20 per reservation)

Please note: The reserving periods from 1 May to 31 July are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

The office is closed for Christmas from 20 December 2018 to 1 January 2019. Renting the van is not possible during this period.

Drill and tool box

You can borrow a tool box and a drill from Tamy’s Services Office for a €20 deposit. The tool box includes e.g. a hammer, screwdrivers and a spirit level – everything you need when you move or make small renovations!

Tamy’s Association Room, Pinni A, 4th floor

Tamy’s Subject Association Room is located Tamy’s Student Association Room is located on the main campus (Pinni A4101, on the top floor opposite the computer lab). The room consists of a lounge with a kitchenette, a meeting room, a locked store room and an office space. It is aimed mainly for subject associations that don’t have their own rooms, but any student can lounge there freely during the building’s opening hours. You can get in with your student card in the same way that you can access the computer labs. The room is meant for relaxation, coffee breaks and meetings. Make sure you leave the room at least as clean as it was before you!

Tamy’s cockade and sash

If you have a Finnish student cap and it is in its original condition, it probably holds the golden lyre cockade of the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. You can buy Tamy’s cockade student union from Tamy’s Services office.

Student union members can also purchase Tamy’s blue and gold sash which is worn in anniversary celebrations.

Board games

Tamy’s Services Office has a wide variety of board games that Tamy’s members can borrow completely free of charge. You can borrow board games from the Services Office during office hours by providing your contact information in exchange for the games. Our selection includes the following board games (in English):

  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Monopoly
  • Ticket To Ride: Scandinavia
  • Alias
  • Pictionary
  • Risk (also Transformers version)
  • Cabinet Chess
  • Twister
  • Uno
  • Yatzy
  • Bingo
  • Pass the Pigs
  • …and a new addition: Indoor TupaMölkky!

Kyykkä and Finnish baseball sets

Two Kyykkä [Finnish skittles] sets and one Finnish baseball set can be borrowed from Tamy with a €20 deposit and €2 maintenance fee from Tamy’s Services office during office hours. When booking the set(s) you must state the number of sets you want to borrow and for how long and when you will collect it/them. During working days, the sets can be borrowed for a maximum of two days and during weekends from Friday afternoon to Monday morning.

If the set(s) is returned on time in the condition stated in the borrowing agreement, the deposit will be returned to the borrower and they can also get a receipt for the maintenance fee upon request. Losing the set(s) or returning them in significantly damaged condition results in fees stated in the borrowing terms and conditions.

One Kyykkä set includes:

  • two Kyykkä bats called karttus
  • 80 kyykkäs and a few spare kyykkäs
  • unofficial rules of Kyykkä
  • two carrying cases

One Finnish baseball set includes:

  • Three baseball bats
  • Three balls
  • Nine gloves

More detailed borrowing rules and conditions you can download below.


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Yliopistonkatu 60 A 2. floor, 33100 Tampere
Tel.. +358 44 361 0210
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