KY-English Dictionary

What do people mean when they’re talking about ‘kuntis’? Where can I find a place called ‘Espilä’? KY life is wonderful, but at times the colourful vocabulary can be confusing. To start things off a bit more smoothly we made you a little KY vocabulary.



A student dormitory located in Etu-Töölö on Arkadiankatu 28, right next to the School of Business.

Aalto BIZ

The official abbreviation of Aalto University School of Business.


The basement party space of KY Building. Afterparties and sitsi parties are often held here.


A student caféteria in the Undergraduate Center (Otakaari 1) in Otaniemi. Also Alvarinaukio, the name of the main square in Otaniemi located next to the Undergraduate Centre.


Pub crawl.


One of the buildings of Aalto BIZ in Töölö. Departments of Marketing, Management and International Business can be found here until the end of 2018.


ARTS student.


‘Avo’. The open office of KY, situated in Espilä. Here you can find the service secretary on call.


Aalto University Student Union. The student union of all the students at Aalto University.



KTK. An abbreviation used for Bachelor’s degree.


A space for subject clubs, located at KY Building.

BIZ 3.0

The project of building new premises for the School of Business in Otaniemi. The building is located in the epicenter of the Otaniemi campus, Maarintie 13, and will be the new home for the business students beginning from 2019.


Career Evening

Urailta. An evening including meeting company representatives, hearing about career opportunities and information about working life. Usually organized by a subject club.


One of the buildings of Aalto BIZ in Töölö. Departments of Finance, Accounting and Information and Service Economy can be found here until the end of 2018.


An association registered under KY. Clubs are self-governing, but supported by KY. Find KY's clubs at


Organs functioning directly under KY and chaired by its board members. KY has six committees that organize diverse cultural and sports events, look after student advocacy and develop cooperation with our corporate partners. More information at



Dipoli is Aalto University's main building. Dipoli offers the entire Aalto community and its stakeholders meeting places and work spaces as well as event and exhibition facilities. The building houses also several cafeterias and restaurants that are open to all.


An apartment applying system. Through Domo you can apply for AYY’s apartments. Check out



Opintopiste. European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. You will need 180 ECTS for Bachelor’s degree and 120 ECTS for Master’s degree.


KY Office in Otaniemi located at Konemiehentie 4. KY Board and employees work here.


Excursion. A trip to visit a company or an organization.

Extended reservation pass

Jatkoaikalupa. When you’re organizing an event in KY premises and would like to continue even after 22 o’clock, you will need to ask for an extended reservation pass.


Fringe Study Guide

Varjo-opinto-opas. This informal online study guide reveals you the secrets WebOodi’s course descriptions don’t – when you’ve finished a course, add a description yourself to help the generations to come! Find Fringe Study Guide at



Master’s thesis, the dissertation for Master’s degree.



A student representative in the administrative councils of the university.


Hanken School of Economics. The Swedish-speaking business school located next to the main building of Aalto BIZ in Töölö.

Harald Herlin Learning Center

In short Learning center or ‘oppimiskeskus’. Here you can find the library, cafeteria and spaces for both individual and group work.


An association for business school graduates in the Helsinki area. A regional association of the Finnish Business School Graduates (Suomen Ekonomit). 


Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region. AYY and HOAS are the two key organizations offering housing for Aalto students.


A pub crawl by metro, arranged by KY’s Cultural Committee in April. Takes you both to Eastern and Western Helsinki.


International Exchange Grant

Vaihtoapuraha. A grant delivered by KY Foundation in order to help you economically during your exchange studies abroad. Can be applied for in April–May.

International Week, IW

Kansainvälinen viikko, KV-viikko. A week spend abroad with other international students. 

International Week Travelling Subsidy

KV-viikkotuki. When accepted to represent KY at an International Week abroad, you can apply for a grant to cover your costs.


An electronic portal through which you’ll find useful information about studies and services of the university. Check out Into at

Iso Puoli

An event space on the 3rd floor of the KY Building. Usually referred to as ‘Yläkertsi’.


A pub crawl by tram, arranged by KY's Cultural Committee in October.



Bachelor’s thesis, the dissertation for Bachelor’s degree.


KY’s very own song book. Used particularly at lauluilta parties.


Nickname for academic affairs. Derives from the word ‘koulutuspolitiikka’.


Derives from the word ‘kuntailta’. Kuntis is a party organized for KY members in a bar. When marked ‘avec’ you can bring along a friend who is not a KY member.

KY Building

KY-talo. KY’s heart in Töölö, located on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 21 B. There are two party venues in the building: Yläkertsi on the 3rd floor and Alakertsi in the basement.

KY Corner

A break room for all business students, conveniently located on the first floor of the U-wing in the Undergraduate Centre.

KY Executive Board / KYH

KY Board. Holds the highest executive power at KY. 

KY Foundation

KY-säätiö. Supports the studies, hobbies, student life and internationalization of KY members by financing Aalto University Business Students and its independent associations.


Business student. Also the name of KY's own student magazine. Get your copy on campus or read online at

KY Secretaries / KYS

KY:n sihteeristö. Consists of KY’s Art Director, IT Coordinator, PR & Press Officer, Sales Coordinator, Secretary for Clubs and Societies and Secretary for Cultural Affairs. The secretaries are employed by KY and they run the day-to-day operations at the KY office.


Abbreviation for KY Office.


A pub crawl by tram 10, arranged by KY-mppi at the end of April. Part of KY Wappu.

KY Representative Council / KYE

KY:n edustajisto. Also known as ‘edari’. KY’s ‘parliament’ and the highest decision-making body. Elections are held every two years, next time during fall 2019. 


KY’s own website at



A dinner party at which you sing, drink and dine in good company!



KTM. An abbreviation used for Master’s degree.


Computer halls and other 24/7 study spaces in Otaniemi, on Sähkömiehentie 3. At all Aalto students’ disposal.


Mentorointi. The process of a graduate already in the working life helping students close to graduation to plan their careers and giving other useful advice. KY has its own mini-mentoring program called KY Buddy. More information about the program and the mentors at

Metro Centre

Metrokeskus, located at the metro station next to Väre. Check all stores at

Monday Mail

A newsletter sent to KY members every Monday, gathering all KY activities of the week. Subscribe when joining KY or by sending an email to


A first-year student at Aalto BIZ.

Mursu Championships

Mursumestaruuskisat. A playful sports event where tutor groups will compete against each other collecting points from different kinds of checkpoints.

Mursu Expo

Mursumessut. An event during the orientation week at which you’ll get tons of information about KY and its associations.

Mursu Party

Mursubileet. A welcome party organized especially for mursus at the beginning of the academic year.


A whole day dedicated to familiarizing mursus with KY traditions.


Nokia hall

Nokia-sali, also known as PB-200. The largest lecture hall in the BIZ main building in Töölö.


Opintopiste. Check ECTS for more information.


An organization contributing to the mental welfare of students. Check out for more information.


Official queuing rules

KY’s ticket sales can be crowded from time to time. Therefore, when necessary, KY’s specific queuing rules are adapted. Find them at


AYY’s event space at Otakaari 20.


Home to UniSport in Otaniemi, Otaranta 6. Also used as an event space for the biggest events.



The student organization of Aalto University School of Business, Mikkeli Campus. Probba is also part of KY. 



Student caféteria located in the main building of Aalto BIZ in Töölö.


Also known as ‘Rantsu’. AYY’s rentable space at Jämeräntaival 7 that has two saunas, one small event space, a grill and an old-fashioned wooden bathing tub. You can also go swimming in the sea at the dock in front.


AYY’s student dormitory in Taka-Töölö. The nickname derives from the address Ruusulankatu 5.



KY’s own event space on Konemiehentie 1, the home of parties and KY activities in Otaniemi.

Secretary General

Pääsihteeri, ‘Pässi’. The head of KY Office.

Service secretary

Palvelusihteeri. KY’s three service secretaries help you with all the practical KY matters.


The Student Union of Hanken School of Economics.


Usually quite a wild party organized twice a year by KUJ. The location, performer and theme of the party are always a surprise. Wear your overalls topped off with your funniest hat!

Sitsi party

Sitsit. A party at which you sing, eat and drink. Close to a lauluilta, but with its own rules and traditions. Often organized by NESU-KY.


Servin mökki. AYY’s event space where some of the bigger parties in Otaniemi are held.


A student-run interactive musical. Many student associations have their own speksi, including KY.


Jaosto. There are three subcommittees at KY: KUJ, KY-SUB and NESU-KY, each having a special function at KY. More information at

Subject club

Subject clubs represent the variety of subjects taught at Aalto University School of Business. Each study programme has a subject club organizing leisure time activities and maintaining good relations with the faculty. Find all subject clubs at


The National Union of University Students in Finland. Abbreviation for Suomen ylioppilaskuntien liitto. AYY is a member of SYL.



Tech student.


Student Association TOKYO is a student organization which aims to bring together students of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture as well as its former students, the alumni.



Sports services for university students on six campuses within the metropolitan area at an affordable price. More information at

Undergraduate Centre

Kandidaattikeskus, also known as ‘päälafka’. Most of all Bachelor level courses, projects and events take place here at Otakaari 1.


One of the wings at the Undergraduate Centre, home to the facilities of Aalto BIZ.



AYY’s student dormitory located in Kallio district. The nickname derives from the address Vaasankatu 10.


Abbreviation for ‘vuosijuhla’. The Annual Ball, that celebrates KY’s birthday party where men wear a tailcoat or a dark suit and women an evening gown. The ball is held on the Saturday closest to Antti Chydenius’ birthday, February 26th.


Väre will be the home to the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The building will also house the Metro Centre with shops and services. Väre is located right next to BIZ 3.0.



A course portal at, through which students enroll to courses and can find information about their study performance.



Officially ‘Iso Puoli’. An event space on the 3rd floor of the KY Building.


Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS). A health care service tailor-made for university students. You can use its services by paying the annual AYY membership fee.