This page contains important information about our starting kit service, our welcome week events, welcome bags and the delivery of university's food bags. 

STARTING KIT SERVICE FOR SPRING 2021

Note: ESN FINT operates at the city center campus, but we do accept Hervanta campus students as members as well. If you live in Hervanta we advise you to follow the instructions of ESN INTO: https://esninto.org/services/starting-kit-service 

We are handing out the kits on three different days during welcome week. 
In order to avoid queues and to ensure safety distances are followed, we have created a file where you can reserve a timeslot when you will be fetching the kit(s). For every 15 minutes, there are four slots. Write your name on this spreadsheet for the time when you wish to pick up the kit(s). Note that we have only around 30 bedroom sets and they will be given on a first come first-served basis.

Starting Kit handout times:

  • Monday 4th of January at 16:00-20:00 
  • Tuesday 5th of January at 18:00-20:00
  • Wednesday 6th of January at 18:00-20:00

If you arrive later during the semester you can rent a kit but the information about where and when will be announced later on our website and social media. 

In order to rent the starting kits, you first need to become a member of ESN FINT. Follow these steps:

  1. Fill in the membership form. We highly recommend you to do this beforehand on the online membership form to make the sign-up process faster. 
  2. Fill in the starting kit form. We highly recommend you to do this beforehand on the online Starting Kit form to make the process faster.
  3. Pick a time when you wish to come rent the kit on this spreadsheet

When you come pick up the kit, follow this procedure: 

  1. Show us a proof that you are a student in the Tampere region. This can be, for example, a letter of acceptance.
  2. Pay the 8€ membership fee by card.
  3. Pay the 5€ service fee and 20€ deposit per kit by cash. We only accept cash for this, as the deposit will be returned to you when you return the kits.

Due to the corona pandemic, you will likely be in a self-quarantine for the first days upon arrival. It’s still possible for you to rent the kits, but we ask you to be extra careful and make sure that you follow the safety guidelines:

  • Please keep at least a 2 meter distance to other people. We will make this possible by limiting the number of people that can be in the room at the same time.
  • Remember to wear a mask and take care of proper hand hygiene.
  • If you have any symptoms, please do not come pick up the kits by yourself. You can ask your friend to pick up the kits for you, and they can also register you as a member, provided they can show us proof that you are a student in the Tampere region.

During the first week of January you can rent the starting kits from a TOAS Lapinkaari ESN FINT storage room. The storage room is located on the first floor of the building next to the A staircase entrance (see the picture below). There is an ESN FINT sign on the window. 

WELCOME WEEK EVENTS FOR SPRING 2021

Events are at the core of ESN FINTs activities. We organize everything from language groups to museum visits and parties. The Covid-19 situation limits possibilities for events for spring 2021 term but our preliminary plan is to organize online events, outdoor events or events that can otherwise be safely organized. Here is our plan for January: 

Welcome week events: 

  • 05.01.2020 at 18:00 - Online Welcome to Finland event
    The WTF event gives you a fun and interesting introduction to Tampere, Finland and most importantly to the bizarre and wonderful student culture of Tampere. This event will take place on Zoom. You will find the link later from the website and Facebook.
     
  • 07.01.2020 at 18:00 - ESN FINT&INTO Online Games
    This is an online gaming evening with the students of Hervanta campus (ESN INTO). There is no better way to spend your Thursday evening than getting together with students from both campuses, playing fun games online and getting to know one another (at least in pandemic times). You will find the link later from the website and Facebook.

Upcoming events later in January:

  • 26.01.2020 at 18:00 - ESN FINT goes skating
    Skating at the ice ring next to Sorsapuisto or at the lake ice depending on the weather. Don’t have skates? You can rent a pair from ESN FINT. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for more details.
  • Date undecided - ESN FINT goes to movies at Arthouse Cinema Niagara
    Niagara is an amazing old cinema in the heart of Tampere. It has a bar and chill atmosphere. Join us for the movie night, we will be watching a Finnish movie. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for more details.

WELCOME BAGS

ESN FINT offers incoming students Welcome Bags! The bags include goodies and items that will be useful to you upon your arrival in Tampere. A welcome bag is a nice additional service we offer to make international students feel welcomed to start their studies in Tampere. We will be handing out the bags from outside of TOAS Lapinkaari on the same time as we are handling the starting kits: 

Welcome bag handout times:

  • Monday 4th of January at 16:00-20:00 
  • Tuesday 5th of January at 18:00-20:00
  • Wednesday 6th of January at 18:00-20:00

If you arrive later or you do not want to come to Lapinkaari, you can pick up the bag from ESN FINT clubroom on 21st of January or later during the semester.

Spring 2021 Welcome Bag items include:

  1. Canvas bag - ESN FINT
  2. SIM card with 7€ data - DNA
  3. Postcards - Timetravels
  4. Overall patch - TOAS
  5. Facemask - University of Tampere 
  6. Welcome letter - City of Tampere
  7. Candies - City of Tampere
  8. Information leaflet - ESN FINT

UNIVERSITY FOOD BAG DELIVERY 

The University International Mobility Services are offering exchange students a free food bag due to the quarantine situation. ESN FINT is helping out by taking care of the delivery of the bags. In order to get the bag you need to place an order beforehand, University Mobility Services have given you detailed instructions about that. You can pick up the bag during the time you have chosen in front of TOAS Lapinkaari building. ESN FINT board member will be there checking the names and handing the bags. Due to the corona pandemic, you will likely be in a self-quarantine for the first days upon arrival. It’s still possible for you to pick up the food bag, but we ask you to be extra careful and make sure that you follow the safety guidelines:

  • Please keep at least a 2 meter distance to other people. We will make this possible by limiting the number of people that can be in the room at the same time.
  • Remember to wear a mask and take care of proper hand hygiene.
  • If you have any symptoms, please do not come pick up the kits by yourself. You can ask your friend to pick up the kits for you, and they can also register you as a member, provided they can show us proof that you are a student in the Tampere region.

For latest up to date information follow our social medias: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESN.FINT
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esnfint/ 
     @esnfint
Website: https://esnfint.org/

If you have any questions you can contact us by sending a private message on Facebook or Instagram or alternatively emailing president@esnfint.org
We are looking forward to meet you!

Best wishes, 
ESN FINT Board