When your studies in Finland last over a year you can also be registered with a municipality of residence (domicile) at the Local Register Office (maistraatti). Acquiring a permanent address and place of domicile entitles you to enjoy municipal benefits, including (if your studies last for over two years) also the right to use municipal health care. By registering in the Finnish Population System you will also receive the personal identity code in case you haven’t been assigned it by MIGRI. The personal identity code is compulsory to have in case your stay lasts at least three months (obliged by the University of Helsinki).
To register at the Local Register Office you need to have a proof of:
- Right to reside in Finland: For non-EU/EEA citizens this is the residence permit; for EU-citizens this is obtained from MIGRI as a certificate of residence.
- Certification of the duration of your studies.
Visit the Local Register Office website for more information and the contact information for the offices.
Also remember to update your Finnish personal identity code in the student register. You can do it by visiting the Student Services. Bring with you proof of your new identity code.