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Student Housing: Finding & Applying in Finland

Student Apartments

Approximately one third of all Finnish students live in student apartments. Housing costs are reasonable, and applying for an apartment is simple. Student apartments are always either within walking distance of schools and universities, or easily reached by public transport.

During the beginning of the autumn semester there may be a shortage of student housing. There are student housing organisations in 22 localities; in some localities exchange students have specific quotas for alotted housing, and in other localities exchange students take precedence over available apartments.

This page is about student housing in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kotka, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Oulu, Pori, Rauma, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa

Lease, Deposit etc
Student apartment lease contracts fall under The Act on Residental Leases, which governs all housing rental contracts in Finland. See Renting Accommodation for further information.

Types of Student Housing

Student housing is available in several forms, and if your situation changes during your student years you can apply for a different type of housing.

Student apartments generally have shared facilities such as saunas, laundry rooms with washing machines and tumble dryers, club rooms etcetera. They are equipped with telephone lines, enabling internet access, and an increasing amount of student apartments are linked to a computer network in a college/university.

Finding & Applying for Student Housing

To apply for a student apartment, you must be registered as a student in a post-comprehensive educational institution. All undergraduate students can apply for student apartments. Family apartments can be applied for by couples and families if one of the partners is a student.

To find an apartment:

The central organisation for student housing in Finland is SOA, the Finnish Association of Student Housing Organisations. Scroll down to "Find your new home here!" and from the map or the list you can find each of the 22 regional student housing organisations Finland-wide.

  1. Visit the site for the region in which you will be studying
  2. Search the available apartments / accommodation. If you find something suitable,
  3. Housing application procedures and application forms are included at each of the sites

The sites also include tips for both foreign and Finnish students, cultural information, and rules and guidelines for living in student housing.

Furniture Rental

So you've found your student apartment - now you have to fill it! If you don't want to buy an entire household full of furnishings, you can rent furniture and appliances from a furniture rental service and take care of everything at once, quickly and easily.

Furent: Tell Furent what you need and they will arrange it for you, from a single item through to full furnishing, anywhere in Finland. You can select from Furent's supply of available furnishings and appliances, or specify your own choices and Furent will arrange them for you. Furniture is delivered assembled and ready to use, and picked up when the rental period ends. Furniture rentals are available short or long-term, with services fully tailored to your needs and budget.

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