Student Life


Student life at Karelia UAS and Joensuu is vibrant, filled with opportunities to study 24/7. You have also many possibilities to spend your freetime in a meaningful way.

About living in Joensuu, Finland

Student benefits

As Karelia UAS degree student you are entitled to many benefits which are available to degree students only. They include:

Meal discounts at the University

All degree students in higher education are eligible for discounted meals at participating student restaurants. You can qualify even if you are not a Finnish citizen. The meal subsidy is €1.94 per meal. The subsidy is deducted from the price of the meal at the student restaurant. You pay the discounted price. The subsidy is available for one meal per day. Student can show a Poka student card or Kela meal subsidy card (which you can get at Student Services) and get the discount for a meal.

Student Card  

POKA is the student union of Karelia University of Applied Sciences. The POKA student card gives you the right to get at some museums, local shops and restaurants, swimming or other sports halls, and at any place that sells tickets with student prices. It is always wise to ask about student discounts!

The student card is valid only when a sticker for the current study year is visible. The stickers are available for a fee from the student union organization.

More info you can find here.

Sports Activities

All university (UEF and Karelia) sporting services in Joensuu for students and staff members are united under the same concept Sykettä Susirajalla! Start a new life – you get a large variety of sports to try out and continue to exercise. The fee for these facilities including gym and group exercises are much cheaper compared to local gyms.

About Sport Activities

State Railways (VR)

Students receive a discount for train fares from the VR railroad system with the issuance of a student VR card. Students may contact the Student Services for more information.

National long-distance coach service (MATKAHUOLTO)

Students are entitled to fare discounts on national long-distance coaches. Students may also obtain a combination card for train and bus travel from the "Matkahuolto" sales offices.

Public transport in Joensuu

Within the Joensuu region public transport, over 25-year-old students are eligible for a discount on tickets loaded onto Waltti cards. Students younger than 25, may travel with a Youth ticket.

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