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If you don’t have a computer, you can borrow a laptop intended for new Bachelor’s programme students from the Faculty of Science, if you fulfill the following criteria:

  • You don’t have access to a computer suitable for studying
  • You have been admitted to one of the BSc programmes at the faculty in the main admissions for 2024 or through the open channel.
  • You are a first-time student at the faculty. Students who have postponed their registeration as 'attending student' to autumn 2024 for a good reason, may also have a laptop.
  • You have registered on page by Friday, 13th September, 2024, to be eligible for the loan of a laptop.
  • You undertake to start your studies in the faculty's bachelor's program
  • You have completed or undertake to complete the course DIGI-A Student´s Digital Skills: Orientation (2 cr)

The computer must be fetched lastest on Friday, 13th September, 2024, or agreed on a time and date for the pickup (can be later). After that, all reservations will expire and any computers left will be reassigned for other purposes, and will not be available for new undergraduates any more.


Most of the devices are distributed according to tutoring groups in order to avoid a rush, in the entrance hall of Exactum (Pietari Kalmin katu 5) as follows:

  • Monday 26 August, 2024, at 10.00-14.00,
  • Tuesday 27 August, 2024, at 10.00-14.00 and
  • Wednesday 28 August, 2024, at 10.00-14.00.

If you cannot make it on times above:
Make an appointment for fetching from library via email:
Date and time must be agreed on Friday, 13th September, 2024 latest (pickup can happen later).
The remaining laptops can be picked up from the Kumpula Science Library first floor, room G103d by appointment only.

When receiving a computer, students will sign a lending contract vowing to commit to following the lending terms. In any cases for compensation, the supply price including VAT for a laptop device will be applied. You can check your status through the reservation system:


Link to Loan Agreement

The computers on loan are the property of the University of Helsinki and will be lent for personal use only. Recipients may not transfer or hand it over to anyone else. The markings and identifying information on the device may not be removed or covered up. The device must be returned if the student transfers to an education programme that does not belong to the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki, drops out of university education, or the student graduates as MSc. However, the device must be returned after 5 years at the latest, i.e. at the end of autumn term 2026. Broken laptops must also be returned.

In practice, the loan of a laptop is contingent on dedicated studying from the start of your first study period, since it is required that you complete at least 20 credits during your first academic year in order to keep using the laptop. Attendance and the progress of studies are reviewed annually from Sisu.

The student is responsible for the device and is bound to repay the University of Helsinki for losing the device.

Since you may be liable to compensate for any damage to the computer, you may want to check with your insurance company wether the third-party insurance policy on your home insurance will cover university property lent to you.

Please contact if you need help.

The devices may be remotely manageable. For remote management, the university maintenance rules will be followed. The maintenance team may lock the device or empty it in e.g. cases of theft. Students are obliged to keep their borrowed laptops in good condition. This includes allowing the installation of operating system and software updates that are automatically offered to the device. Blocking the remote management systems that may have been installed on the computer is forbidden unless you have permission from the faculty.

The computer will be pre-installed according to the selection of the BSc programme as follows:

Cubbli 24 (Ubuntu 24.04 LTS based Linux):
* Bachelors Programme in Science
* Bachelors programme in physical sciences
* Bachelors programme in computer science

Microsoft Windows 10 Home:
* Bachelors programme in geosciences
* Bachelors programme in chemistry
* Bachelors programme in geography
* Bachelors programme in mathematical sciences
* Bachelors programme in teacher in mathematics, physics, and chemistry


The student may be obliged to compensate for any damage to university property. University property means any kind of property, including intellectual property. A police report must be made if a crime is involved, e.g. theft. Please attach a copy of your police report. If the device is returned to the user, please also report that.

The general rules for compensation for damaged devices are:

  • If the damage could not have been prevented in any way, it is deemed an accident and there is no liability to compensate.

  • If preventing the damage would have required significantly more care than could normally be expected in the situation, it is accorded slight negligence and you are not liable for compensations.

  • If the damage could have been avoided with normal, everyday carefulness, it is accorded negligence and the user is required to compensate for it. The compensation consists of either the cost of repairs, or if the device is beyond repair, its depreciation value including VAT before the damage. When calculating the depreciation value, it is assumed that the device has a lifespan of five years. The compensation may be made more equitable for various reasons.


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