16 June 2020 by Jonathon Murphy and Anika Zabeen
Hi everyone! Today we’re going to share some of our favourite things to do in Turku. Although life on campus at the University of Turku will keep you busy, the wider region has a lot to offer students as well. We encourage you to explore and make the most of your time in this wonderful city! Here are some recommendations to help you get started…
One of the most important institutions for all students at the University of Turku is the Student Union, or TYY (Turun Yliopiston Ylioppilaskunta in Finnish). Founded in 1922, TYY is a corporation independent of the university that aims to represent its members and offer support services to students.
20 September 2019 by Jonathon Murphy
The new term has started and the university campus has come back to life. I was doing an internship in my department over the summer and it was very strange to see the Turku School of Economics looking so empty (although getting served in the cafeteria was much quicker!). The strangest thing about the start of term has been meeting the new Futures Studies students – and realising that I am not a new student myself anymore! I am now older, wiser and able to offer support to the first years.
06 June 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy
Greetings, fellow fitness enthusiasts! We want to tell you about the excellent possibilities for a healthy student lifestyle you can have for a affordable price here in Turku. Following our journey around different Campus Sports’ gym at the campus of the University of Turku, we would now like to introduce you to Roddis gym.
23 May 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy
Kristaps and I continued our Campus Sport odyssey with a trip to Formis, which is located around 2km away from the student village, near the train station. It is a little bit awkward to reach from campus via public transport, but for those students living in private city accommodation (like me!) it’s very central and convenient.
10 May 2019 by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy
Lately, me and Jonathon have been spending a lot of our free time at ASA gym, located inside Åbo Akademi and just a few minutes away from Educarium gym. Åbo Akademi is another university found on the same campus; and using the Campus Sport facilities there is just as convenient. As this gym is found right on the main campus, it is very popular with students from both universities.
28 April 2019, by Kristaps Kovalonoks and Jonathon Murphy
It is my great pleasure to announce that we (me and Jonathon) have teamed up to work together on a series of blog articles about Campus Sport’s gyms. The idea is quite simple: we will visit different gyms (5 altogether), spend a few days or even weeks at every one of them, and then describe our experiences by listing the positive and negative things.
16 April 2019 by Jonathon Murphy
Campus Sport is the sports service for students and staff at UTU. You have to be a member to participate, but students can sign up for €65 per year, making it much more friendly towards a student budget than a private gym membership (which typically start from €20 per month in Turku). There are five gyms and four sports halls across the city, so there are no excuses not to get involved! Continue reading
18 March 2019 by Jonathon Murphy
One of the main questions I have had to answer ever since I started my degree programme is “why Futures Studies?” Closely followed by “what is Futures Studies?” and, if the other person is feeling particularly clever, “do you use a crystal ball?” (everyone thinks they are the first person to make this joke…) However, it is true that Futures Studies as an academic discipline is not as well-established as other, more traditional subjects. With this in mind, I thought I would offer a brief overview of the programme here at UTU, as well as outlining my own motivations for applying.
05 March by Jonathon Murphy
As March begins it feels like the dreaded Finnish winter is finally coming to an end. The temperature has risen from -12 to -1, and I no longer have to wear my oversized winter coat (seriously, it’s like wearing a duvet, which sounds great until you have to enter a building). Texting outside no longer makes your hands go numb either! Continue reading