On this page we have gathered some basic advice to get you started in your search for student accommodation.
You are best advised to enquire about accommodation possibilities directly from the University/UAS in Finland you will be studying at, or from the student housing foundation in the area where you will be studying.
Student housing foundations
Student accommodation in Finland, for both exchange and degree students, is usually organised by established student housing foundations. In some university towns accommodation can also be arranged through the student unions themselves, or through regional student clubs or faculty organisations. Many towns and municipalities also have dormitories maintained by the municipal community or the educational institution.
The student housing organisers are listed on the SOA (Finnish Student Housing Ltd) website www.soa.fi
You can contact the international office of your chosen educational institution in Finland for information on student housing options at your future study location.
Note that, especially in the autumn term when many new students are moving in to start their studies, there may be long queues for student flats. Therefore it is recommended that you apply for student housing well in advance of your arrival to Finland. Usually you can start this process once you have received your letter of acceptance. Your hosting Finnish university/UAS can advise you on the local student housing opportunities, if necessary.
How much does student housing cost per month?
The monthly rent varies from one study location to another, and also depending on the size and type of the student flat in question. The average monthly rent for a single room in a shared student flat ranges from approximately 160€ to 340€ (according to the 2010 SOA statistics). Single apartments or family flats are also available, but the rent rate is higher in these non-shared apartments.
Detailed information on monthly rent rates is available from the student housing foundations directly. Your hosting Finnish university/UAS can also assist you in accommodation-related questions.
Arranging your own housing & other possible options
While it is of course possible to arrange your housing independently, for example by searching for rented flats on the open market, this can be difficult to achieve – especially before you have actually arrived in Finland. Also, this may be considerably more expensive than the available student housing options. However, if you are interested in this option, please refer to the Infopankki pages for hints and advice. You could also check for possible options on internationally operating student housing sites like for example Housinganywhere.com.
You can also turn to the International Office of the Finnish university/UAS you'll be studying at, for advice and hints on possible student housing options in that particular location.