One of the entrances at ground level with the pre-2015 Kaisaniemi name
The station's location was decided as in 1971, and the station box was excavated during the original construction work in the late-1970s, however its opening date was postponed owning to lack of funds. The station was eventually opened on 1 March 1995, having been designed by the architect bureau Kontio - Kilpi - Valjento Oy. It station is equipped with an unusual glass-sided funicular-style elevator, operating along the slope parallel to the escalators, rather than a conventional vertical liftshaft design.
The station after renaming
In April 2014, the Helsinki City Board decided to rename the station after the University of Helsinki (Finnish: Helsingin yliopisto, Swedish: Helsingfors universitet). The city wants to complete the required changes to signage by 2015, which is also the 375th anniversary of the founding of the university. After the completion of the metro's western extension, the metro line will thus have two stops bearing the name of a university, the other being the stop of Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo.