Why should I get a student card?
As a member of student union OSAKO your student card is an official student card that proves your student status nationally. It also functions as member card of OSAKO. In practice owning a student card grants you many benefits such as:
Student discounts and benefits
Many companies offer discounts for student. We have listed quite a few of the benefits on our website. In addition to these benefits you can access many other benefits offered by Slice.fi in Benefits (In Finnish “Edut) section of digital Pivo student card. (More information about the digital student card further below). It is impossible to remember all the benefits by heart, so we encourage you to always ask about student discounts whenever you visit a shop or restaurant – especially in university towns.
Student priced lunch
You can prove your eligibility for student priced lunch of Kela (2,60 € in most places) with OSAKO student card. In addition to restaurants in campuses of Oamk, you can have the student priced lunch in any restaurant that offers the student pirced lunch option. This is useful to remember when traveling in university towns inside Finland. You can also find Restaurant Vanilla of Uniresta in the city center of Oulu.
Travel on a dime
With the student card of OSAKO, you get discounted tickets in the trains of VR and some buses of Matkahuolto. As a student you get 30 % discount for basic tickets, saver tickets as well as 10 and 30 journey multi-tickets in long-distance trains. In VR’s commuter trains the discount is 50 %. In the buses of Matkahuolto the discount depends on the pricing of bus operators.
Student card = Library card
You can connect your student card with the library system of Oamk and use it as a library card. How handy!
Services of OSAKO
Student union offers different services to its members. As a member you can for example borrow sports and camping equipment from OSAKO for free. You can also apply for Going Abroad grant when you study or do a practical training abroad. In return for grant, you will vlog or blog your experiences and help OSAKO in exchange marketing. We also organize various events and trainings that you can attend for cheaper price or even for free with a student card.
A chance to make a difference
With a student card you also gain membership of the student union. As a member you have a right to attend the decision making of OSAKO. Every autumn, an election is held to elect a body of representatives. The body of representatives uses the highest decision-making power in the student union. They decide for example what kind of events OSAKO organizes or how much does a membership cost. Every member has a right to vote and run for a representative.
A card with a chip
There is a chip integrated in the card, which allows many ways of usage. It is for example possible to sign in to printers or laptop borrowing stations and do access control. However, it is not yet 100 % sure which features will be usable in the Autumn. As a student union we aim to ensure that our members can utilize their student card as much as possible.