Finland is a very safe and stable country. Apartments in Finland are more affordable than in many other European countries. Student apartments are well-maintained and often situated close to the city center or within the reach of public transportation.

Although the demand for student housing varies depending on the city, the general rule for getting an apartment is first come, first served. You should start looking for an apartment right after receiving your residence permit. The biggest demand for student apartments is always at the beginning of each academic year.

When you start looking for housing options, first familiarize yourself with the accommodation instructions in your university’s arrival guide. Most university towns have student housing foundations that have an online booking system for new students. These housing foundations offer more affordable apartments than you find on the private market. In addition, student housing is often located within a convenient distance from the campus.

If you don’t get a student apartment by the time of arrival to Finland, don’t be alarmed. You can find temporary accommodation from student hostels for the first weeks of your stay. Meanwhile, it is important to stay in the queue for the student housing and wait for the apartment offer. If you would prefer an apartment from the private market, these are always available throughout the year. However, the rents are somewhat higher than in student apartments.

Choose your University

  • Metropolia UAS

    Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, has 4 campuses around the Helsinki region. Those are:

    • Karamalmi, Espoo: Information Technology, Industrial Management
    • Myyrmäki, Vantaa: Electronics, International Business and Logistics, Business Informatics
    • Myllypuro, Helsinki: Nursing, Health Business Management
    • Arabia, Helsinki: No English study programs

    To find a suitable apartment in terms of location, keep in mind which campus you are going to study at. You can try to request for apartments that are near your own campus.

    The majority of degree and exchange students in Helsinki area are able to secure their accommodation through the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS).

  • LUT University

    LUT University is located in the city of Lappeenranta, which has 72 000 residents and is located in Southeast Finland. Lappeenranta combines cosy small town atmosphere with full-scale urban comforts. Finding accommodation in Lappeenranta is easier comparing to larger cities. Wherever your housing is located, you are never far away from the campus.

    LOAS is the housing foundation for students in Lappeenranta. This housing option is recommend for new students arriving in Finland, as the apartment is guaranteed if the housing application is submitted by the given deadline.

  • TUAS

    Turku University of Applied Sciences has campuses in several places and Salo IoT campus is one of them. Located in the comparably small city of Salo in southern Finland, Salo IoT Campus is a community of companies, scientists and educational institutions, aka an innovation hub for future technology solutions.

    Accommodation in Salo for TUAS students is provided by Pii hotel

  • HAMK

    All HAMK campuses are located in small to medium sized cities, so wherever your apartment is located you are never far away from the campus.

    Depending on your study program, you are going to study in one of the following cities:

    • Valkeakoski: International Business, Electrical and Automation Engineering
    • Riihimäki: Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology
    • Hämeenlinna: Construction Engineering, and Computer Applications

    To find a suitable apartment in terms of location, keep in mind which campus you are going to study at.

    Student accommodation in Valkeakoski

    Student accommodation in Hämeenlinna and Riihimäki

  • SeAMK

    Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences is located in the city of Seinäjoki. Finding accommodation in Seinäjoki is easier compared to larger cities. Wherever your apartment is located, you are never far away from the campus. 

    SEVAS Kodit is a rental housing company owned by the city of Seinäjoki that helps students with accommodation. 

  • SAMK

    Usually it is quite easy to find accommodation if you are studying at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. SAMK campuses are located in small to medium sized cities, so wherever your housing is located – you are never far away from the campus.

    Satakunta University of Applied Sciences has two campuses on the western coast of Finland:

    • Pori: International Tourism Development, Nursing and AI
    • Rauma: International Business, Sea Captain, Industrial Management, and Logistics

    To find a suitable apartment in terms of location, keep in mind which campus you are going to study at.

    Student accommodation in Pori: 

    Student accommodation in Rauma 

    Students on Rauma campus will find their accommodation on the private market. Information about available housing options are provided by their International Relations Secretary, Ms. Saija Arslan, saija.arslan@samk.fi.

    The rent varies according to the size, location and facilities of the chosen apartment.

     

  • Arcada UAS

    The majority of degree and exchange students in Helsinki area are able to secure their accommodation through the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS).

  • Haaga-Helia UAS

    Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, has 5 campuses around the Helsinki region. Those are located in:

      1. Helsinki
      2. Porvoo
      3. Vierumäki

    The majority of degree and exchange students in Helsinki area are able to secure their accommodation through the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS).

  • EUAS

    If you have chosen to stay at the EUAS accommodation, you will be provided with a room in EUAS student hostel.

  • KAMK

    Koy Kajaanin Pietari offers rental apartments for residents of Kajaani and for those coming to work or study in Kajaani.

  • HELBUS

    The majority of degree and exchange students in Helsinki area are able to secure their accommodation through the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS).

Other options for finding accommodations:

In case you are unable to find student accommodation and are already about to arrive in Finland, you can book temporary accommodation. Forenom is one good option – their apartments are suitable for short-term living and are fully furnished. In case you want to get an apartment at Forenom, please contact us at Edunation – as Forenom’s partner, we can offer lower rental prices for our incoming students!

Airbnb is also a good option for a few days or weeks, until you find your own apartment.

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