Student Card

Student card is a membership card for your own UAS's Student Union. In Saimaa UAS the Student Union SAIKO is your own Union. By ordering yourself a student card you join the local Union and enjoy the benefits it provides you with. Joining the Union does dot obligate you to anything.

The student card gives you the right to discounts at some businesses, museums, theatres, swimming or other sports halls, and any place that sells tickets at student prices. It is always wise to ask about student discounts!

With the student card you can also get cheaper train- (VR) and bus tickets as well as KELA provided subsidy for student priced meals.

Academic year stickers
You can use the card for the benefits and discounts only if it has a valid sticker that indicates the ongoing academic year. You will get the sticker to the card from your own Student Union after you pay the membership fee.

More information:

saiko.fi/en/membership/

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Meal subsidy programme for university students

University students are entitled to reduced price meals in university cafeterias which are part of the meal subsidy system. Students showing a valid student card or a KELA meal subsidy card are eligible for a meal subsidy.

If you do not have a student card and you are entitled to a meal subsidy, the university of applied sciences will grant you a KELA meal subsidy card.

Students pursuing a Bachelor or Master-level degree in a university and students participating in vocational or specialisation training for which student financial aid is available are entitled to meal subsidies.

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 office for more information about this benefit.

Students qualify for VR cards when:

  • They carry out full-time studies for which they are not paid, and they are not employed permanently;
  • They are pursuing a basic degree and have not completed a Master’s degree.
  • The duration of the studies is at least 8 successive months.
  • The educational establishment in question is supervised by the State.
  • The education in question is not an apprenticeship, labour market training or in-service training.

More information:

vr.fi

National long-distance coach service (MATKAHUOLTO)

Students of UAS are eligible for the discount upon presentation of a student identity card issued by Matkahuolto or by showing a student card with the Matkahuolto logo printed on the card (SAIKO student card). Certain conditions must be met when applying for discounts, check the conditions from Matkahuolto web pages.

More information:

matkahuolto.fi/en/timetables-and-prices/discount-terms/student-ticket-and-student-card/

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Public transport in Lappeenranta (Waltti)

Waltti is a zone-based payment system which makes it easy to travel on local buses. The payment system consists of single tickets; and either cash for value tickets or a 30-day travel pass loaded on your Waltti travel card.

Student get discount from both value tickets and 30-day travel passes. You can choose the amount of zones you want to use during the validation period of the ticket/pass.

More information:

lappeenranta.fi/en/Maps-and-transport/Public-Transport

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