What is Hämäläis-Osakunta?           

Hämäläis-Osakunta (Tavastia Nation) is a student organisation within the University of Helsinki. We have approximately 1000 members from multidisciplinary fields of study and from different backgrounds. All students enrolled at the University of Helsinki can join Hämäläis-Osakunta.

We offer a community for your student days in Helsinki and a host of different activities which include, but are not limited to, dance club, big band, choir, parties, excursions, sport clubs and cultural activities. Our main premises is a four-storey building dedicated entirely for our members’ use, located in downtown Helsinki, right next to the Kamppi Shopping Center. Most of our summer activities revolve around our beautiful summer house in Oitti, in Hausjärvi, which is where most nation activities move for the summer months.

In addition, the members are eligible for the benefits of The Häme Student Foundation, which include low-rental student housing in Helsinki and an academic library, which provides members with access to course literature and study facilities.

Interested? On how to join, click the How to join us section or for questions, do not hesitate to contact our Director.

Originally Hämäläis-Osakunta was established in 1653 to serve the social purposes of those students of the University of Helsinki who came from the Tavastia region. Today, the nation revolves around social activities of all students and all students of the University of Helsinki, including exchange and international degree students, are welcome. More information on the nations here.

Contact Information           

Office hours

You will find us and our house on Urho Kekkosen Katu 4-6 D,Kamppi, Helsinki. The doors are open on office hours. During student restaurant opening hours entrance is possible through the restaurant. Other times entrance goes through the inyard (click for further instructions).

The main officers (päävirkailijat) – Director, Secretary and Treasurer – and the Membership Officer have office hours (click to go to the calendar) at the office in the 3rd floor of the house during the semesters. During their hours you can, most importantly, register as a member.

You can reach all the four officers below during their hours at +358 9 2522 5500.

  • Director (toiminnanohjaaja): Aino Lehtinen
    toiminnanohjaaja(a)hamalais-osakunta.fi, tel. +358 45 356 0928
    All questions not related to HYS or listed below
    gives the magnetic keys (at a €15 deposit) for members to access the house outside the office hours
  • Secretary (sihteeri): Anniliina Lassila
    does the first registrations of postgraduate students without student cards and the first registrations of associate members (ulkojäsenet)
  • Membership Officer (jäsensihteeri): Kaarlo Sukuvaara
    is responsible for registering the members
  • Treasurer (taloudenhoitaja): Ville Hänninen
    is responsible for the finance of the Nation

Apartment-related questions? Contact HYS

No one of the four abovementioned officers deals with apartment-related matters in any way. Therefore, if you have any questions about applications, rent payment, etc., please check the websites of the Häme Student Foundation (in Finnish, Hämäläisten ylioppilassäätiö or HYS) or contact the foundation’s Housing Manager Mr Aatu Puhakka (aatu.puhakka(a)hys.net).