Students in ARTS and the whole of Aalto University use a great deal of characteristic vernacular, most of which is not found in a dictionary and is often as colorful as Aalto student culture itself. Here we have collected some words that you might encounter while studying here.
Aalto Pahvi = Art supplies shop in the Learning Centre
A Bloc = A shopping centre next to the Aalto University metro station as well as Väre; also a Fazer student restaurant in the same building
A Grid = Startup community that connects all six schools of Aalto. Located in Otakaari 5.
Arabia = The former site of the campus of the school of ARTS in the former Arabia ceramics factory in the Arabia housing district of Helsinki until summer 2018; now home to the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. The name has spawned some Arabian-inspired visual motifs among ARTS students, such as a camel caravan used to represent the school’s move to Otaniemi.
ARTS = Abbreviation for the Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Six schools of Aalto: ARTS, BIZ, ENG, ELEC, SCI, CHEM)
Alvarin aukio = Alvari Square, park in Otaniemi, between the Undergraduate Centre and the Learning Centre
Amfi = The amphitheatre of the Undergraduate Centre; a common hangout among students
Arkkari = A student of architecture
AK = Arkkitehtikilta, the Guild of Architecture
Ainon aukio = Aino’s Square, a square between the Väre building and the Undergraduate Center
Appro = A general name for student bar crawl events
AYY = Aalto-yliopiston ylioppilaskunta, Aalto University Student Union
BIZ = Aalto University School of Business
Dekaani / Dean / Deksu = Head of a school of Aalto University
Design Factory / Defa / DF / ADF = Place in the Otaniemi campus that runs multidisciplinary courses and acts as an event venue
Dipoli = The headquarters building of Aalto University; often used synonymously with the student restaurant Reima, which is located there
ELO = Department of Film in ARTS
Eksku / XQ = An excursion, typically conducted by a student association into a company or multiple companies.
Fuksi = Freshman, first-year student, sometimes known as “Phuksi” in the technical fields, or “Mursu” exclusively in the School of Business
Haalari(t) = Overalls, a form of attire used by most university student associations in Aalto and in Finland in general during student events. Students often collect patches from various events, associations and companies and sew them into their overalls. In ARTS, the students of the Guild of Architecture are the only ones to use overalls, while NuDe and Kooma use their own specific types of jackets instead; see Takki.
Halloped = Hallinnon OPiskelijaEDustaja, student representative in the Aalto administration
HOAS = Helsingin seudun opiskelija-asuntosäätiö, student apartment foundation in Helsinki
HOPS = Henkilökohtainen OPintoSuunnitelma, personal study plan
JMT = Jämeräntaival, a street in Otaniemi housing many student apartments
Jodel = An anonymous messaging app popular among students
Jäynä = A prank or practical joke carried out by students, with which Aalto has a strong tradition
Kandikeskus = Undergraduate Centre, building designed by architect Alvar Aalto housing most of Aalto University’s bachelor-level teaching. Also known by its address, Otakaari 1/OK1, and recognizable by the amphitheater landmark. Many ARTS associations are based in the K-wing of the building, while TOKYO Space and office are located in the Y-wing.
Keto = Short for Keskustoimisto, AYY’s central office in Otaniemi
Kilta = Guild, name for technical students’ subject associations
Kiltis = Kiltahuone; Guild room; a space dedicated for the use of a guild or student association
Kipsari = Vegetarian restaurant owned by TOKYO ry, with sites in Väre and Otakaari 7
Kippari / Kapteeni / Fuksikapteeni = Freshmen captain, a person appointed by a student association to take care of their department’s freshmen; most commonly also acts as a responsible tutor for the relevant department.
Kokardi = Cockade, the golden pin in a student cap which varies by school and study field; for ARTS students, this is the TOKYO spiral
Koomuli = Student of art education / member of the student association KOOMA
Kritiikki = Critique, evaluation event at the end of a course
KY = Kauppatieteen Ylioppilaat, Aalto University Business Students’ association
Kylteri = Aalto University Business School student
Lukkari = Song leader, a host at sitsit
Läsy = Leaflet of song lyrics, used in sitsit
Maisu = Maisema-arkkitehti, student of landscape architecture
Maskerad = TOKYO’s annual masquerade party with a changing theme
Mouho = General complaining in the student community, e.g. how things used to be better
Mursu = First-year student of the Aalto University School of Business
MyCourses = An Aalto website used for course resources and materials
Noppa = study credit, ETC
OK20 = Otakaari 20, an event venue in Otaniemi
Ossinlampi = A small pond in the middle of Otaniemi
Otaneum = NuDe’s association space in the K-wing of the Undergraduate Center (after Ateneum, the historic building of the school of ARTS)
Paperi = Magazine run by the Guild of Architecture
Plassaus = Order of seating in sitsit
Provosti = Leads teaching, research, innovation and influence work. Provosti is the superior of vice presidents in University, and second in charge of the whole university, right after the President of Aalto.
Rantsu = Rantasauna (“Shore sauna”), a bookable AYY sauna in Otaniemi
Rehtori / Reksi = Principal; President of Aalto University
RWBK = Retuperän WBK, traditional fire brigade-themed band of Aalto University technical students
Saha = Event venue in Otaniemi owned by KY
Sheryl = The embodiment of the TOKYO spirit
Sillis = Herring brunch, morning after party of a sitsit
Sissari = Student of Interior Architecture
Sitsit = Academic table party with singing and dinner
SMT = Servin Maijan tie, a street in Otaniemi housing many student apartments
Smökki = An event space owned by AYY in Otaniemi
Spagu = Spaghetti, particularly referring to the Teknologföreningen restaurant’s traditional spaghetti served every Wednesday
Speksi = Interactive musical theatre with which students have a strong tradition (e.g. Teekkarispeksi)
TaiK / Taikki = Taideteollinen korkeakoulu, University of Arts and Design Helsinki, the former name of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Takki = Jacket; an association uniform used by some ARTS associations as an alternative to student overalls. NuDe ry has their “Vapputakki” (Vappu jacket), and Kooma has their own jacket. They have different designs to identify the associations: the NuDe vappu jacket has a pattern that changes every year, while Kooma has plain white and gray jackets that each member personally decorates.
Teekkari = A student of technology; within ARTS, students of architecture are the only field to be part of this category, which comes with many distinct practices and traditions.
Teekkarikylä = Technical student village, the main student housing area in Otaniemi
Teekkarilakki = Teekkari cap, the specific student cap used by students of technical fields in Finland; basically a student cap with a tassle on top. In ARTS, these are only worn by students of architecture.
Telegram / TG = A messaging app popular in the Aalto community. Aalto ARTS has its own channel, t.me/aaltoartstg
Toksu = A member of TOKYO ry; an Aalto ARTS student
Torso = TOKYO ry’s magazine
Tutor = Student who helps new students to get familiar with Aalto University. Also known as ISOhenkilö (“BIG person”) or ISO among the technical students.
TF = Teknologföreningen, Swedish-speaking students’ union at Aalto University
TJ = Teekkarijaosto, Technical students’ section of AYY
Täffä = Restaurant owned by TF; also used to refer to Teknologföreningen in general, as well as TF’s distinctive concrete building, Urdsgjallar.
Vappu / Wappu = 1st May celebration in Finland, traditionally the biggest yearly celebration among students and working-class people.
Vappulehti = A Vappu magazine made and sold by students (Aalto has two: Julkku and Äpy, which are published on Vappu biannually)
Vujut = Vuosijuhlat, a student association’s annual ball
Väre = Main building of Aalto ARTS, housing mostly the Masters and 3rd year Bachelor students
WebOodi = Official Aalto website to enrol and track courses
Ylioppilaslakki = Student cap; the white ceremonial hat used by Finnish high school graduates and university students
YTHS / FSHS = Finnish Student Health Service