Coronavirus and what it means to the students of the University of Jyväskylä

Edited 23 March: Most student Restaurants stay closed. Rentukka, Semma Delivery and Vegetarian Restaurant Katriina serve student priced meals.

Edited 20 March: All student restaurants except Rentukka stay closed. All meetings with over 10 people are prohibited. More information about Academic Sports.

Edited 16 March: All contact teaching is now cancelled. All shared study facilities and computer classrooms are closed. Information about student restaurants.

The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä follows the instructions given by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and by the University of Jyväskylä. We’ll give information and instructions to the students concerning their studies and event production, among other things.

In this announcement, the most important information and instructions are gathered that concern students and associations. We also recommend reading the university’s instructions that can be found here and here.

Most of those who catch coronavirus will only suffer from mild symptoms. The best way to protect oneself against infection is to wash hands well and often.

Main Points Summarized

  • All contact teaching is cancelled
  • All shared study facilities and computer classrooms are closed
  • All travelling should be avoided
  • Meetings with over 10 people are prohibited
  • It is not recommended to organize or to participate in any events
  • If you get sick or have symptoms, stay home
  • JYU and JYY have committed to solve possible studying related problems


The University of Jyväskylä has cancelled all contact teaching from Monday 16 March until 13 April .  teacher of the course will contact students about the implementation method.

The University strives for flexibility so that nobody’s studies nor graduation will be postponed due to the situation. JYU is a multidisciplinary university in which it is possible that some students may have challenges in their studies. In such matters, we ask that students to contact both JYU and JYY as soon as possible. Both JYU and JYY have committed to solve possible problems.


All shared study facilities and computer classrooms will be closed immediately in order to minimize physical contact. All student services continue to operate online until further notice. To enable remote distance learning, the operation of JYU libraries will be limited to lending of books.

Student restaurants

Almost all student restaurants are closed. Semma Delivery servers student prices meals in front of Myllyjärvi, Veturitallit and KOAS Harju student apartments. Rentukka serves only take away meals. Student prices meals can also be bought at Vegetarian Restaurant Katriina also as take away.

Exchange Studies and Travelling

University will cancel all intensive courses, exchanges abroad and study trips until 30 June. All JYU students on an exchange are offered an opportunity to return to Finland.

It is strongly recommended to cancel leisure time trips abroad. All who return from a trip from abroad must follow the remote work/study instruction of 14 days.


The Government of Finland has prohibited all meetings that more than 10 people will participate.

JYY’s annual ball, Amazing Race JKL, May Day Celebrations and Jyrock will be postponed. JYY will inform of all these events also separately. Ilokivi Movie Theatre will inform about possible changes in the screening schedule next Monday.

JYY is recommending all associations to postpone or cancel all events until the end of May.

Academic Sports

Academic Sports uploads YouTube videos on how to exercise at home. Find the channel here. All Academic Sports activities, excluding courses related to studies, are interrupted at least until the end of March. The interruption includes group fitness classes, ball games, courses and free sessions in all facilities.

Academic Sports offer Yogobe online service as part of the sports sticker fee. Yogobe offers online videos for yoga, pilates, excercise and wellbeing lectures.

If You Get Sick

If you get sick or are feeling ill, stay home. If you have any reason to suspect that you might have coronavirus or have questions about coronavirus, contact special coronavirus helpline tel. +358 (0)14 266 0133. The helpline is open Monday to Thursday 8.00–16.00 and on Friday 9.00–16.00. At all other times, patients should call the On-call telephone health service tel. 116 117. More info can be found here.

If your sickness prevents you from studying, be sure to always inform your teacher.

You can also check the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) information here.

Further Instructions

Remember to wash hands always when moving from one facility to another. When queueing, keep a distance of at least one metre to other people.

Always check your email in case of new information. Update your student profile to have an email that you visit regularly. Also check which email you have as default email at Sisu.

University’s latest coronavirus information can always be found here.

The Business unit of JYY keeps updated information in their own channels on the Ilokivi webpage here, Rentukka webpage here and JYY accommodation (Kortepohja and Vehkakuja) here.