AATU is a riverside pub crawl event organized yearly in Turku since 1995. Only exception was 2020 due to Covid-19. AATU (officially Akateeminen Aurajokilaivuritutkinto) is all about appreciating the wonderful riverside in Turku and also about celebrating the beginning of the summer holidays. Compared to other student events, AATU has its very own, unique and relaxed atmosphere as the participants meet up with friends to enjoy the springtime with some drinks. Traditionally, the Rector of the University of Turku declares the summer holidays officially started at the beginning of the event. AATU is something every student in Turku should experience. All restaurants that take part in the event are included in a special degree map that is handed out to each participant when you register on the day of the event. The degree map is in effect a map of the Turku riverside with participating restaurants clearly highlighted. Based on the amount of stamps collected from each restaurant you have visited, you earn a degree of either Matruusi (7), I Perämies (9) or Kapteeni (12). For the frequent river farers, there are also special degrees to strive for. AATU is organized by the student organization Akateeminen Aurajokilaivuriyhdistys (shortly AAly) which is an independently registered sub-organization of the Student Union of the University of Turku. The organization was established in the autumn of 1995 and is run by a board of 3-6 members which are elected for a term of two years.
Ticket sale for AATU’22 starts on Tuesday, April 5th at 6 pm (18.00). Ticket price is 12 euros and tickets can be purchased on the website kide.app. The ticket price includes the special degree map, a diploma ie a patch to match the level of the degree you have completed and an entrance to the after party in Utopia or Apollo & Armas or Lygas & Forte.
The festivities start at noon when the registration stands open by the river at restaurant Rantakerttu. The stands are open from 12 noon to 4 pm. After the official opening speeches at 2 pm the event kicks off and herds of students make their way to the participating restaurants. You have until 9 pm to collect stamps for your degree. During the official hours 2-9 pm you are to visit any of the restaurants included in the degree map and enjoy a drink to collect a stamp towards your degree. When done, you should head to the switch stand to collect your degree patch that will also act as your degree diploma, and then to the after party to party your socks off. The after party continues until 4 or 5 am when it’s finally time to go home or switch to a private location for another after party ;)
AATU degree maps can be retrieved from Rantakerttu [Läntinen Rantakatu 55]. The participating restauraunts can be seen in the degree map.
Overall patches can be retrieved from P-Centrum [Kristiinankatu 8] from 9pm till midnight
MAPS AND WRISTBANDS RETRIEVABLE: 12-16
PERFORMANCE TIME: 14-21
OVERALL PATCHES RETRIEVABLE 21-00
– It is highly recommended to have cash on you on the day as there will be a lot of thirsty people around and card payments will take up precious study time. – Remember that you can only collect stamps during the official hours: from 2 pm to 9 pm – If you have any additional questions or grievances, ask around and someone will help you find someone who can help.