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.

Types of apartments available for students:

  • studio
  • shared
  • family

Shared apartment is the the cheapest type of accommodation (300-500 EUR/month). It is also most popular among international and exchange students. In a shared apartment you have your own bedroom with a lockable door, but you share the living room, kitchen and bathroom with another student(s). If you have a friend who is also looking for student housing in the Helsinki area, you can request him/her as your roommate when you fill out the housing application form.

Shared apartments are also easiest to get, as there are more of them available than studio apartments. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to apply for a shared apartment for the beginning of your studies. Shared apartments are furnished with basic equipment such as bed, desk, chair, bookshelf and wardrobe. Mattresses and curtains are not included.

Studio apartment is the most popular and expensive option. The queue to a studio apartment can be long – therefore it is not the easiest option for arriving international students. If you first get an offer for a shared apartment, you should accept it! After that you can make a new housing application for a studio apartment and wait for a new offer, while living in the shared accommodation.

Family apartment is, like the name suggest, an apartment meant for students with a spouse and/or children. These apartments usually have 2-3 rooms and are meant for families, not roommates. You can only apply for a family apartment if you have a spouse or at least one child.

LOAS studio and family apartments are usually unfurnished.

Example of LOAS apartment
Source: LOAS Facebook page
Example of LOAS apartment
Source: LOAS Facebook page

To apply for LOAS student apartment:

  • Go to the application form on LOAS’ website
  • Fill in your personal information
  • Choose the type of accommodation you are looking for (we recommend shared apartment)
  • Send the application

Note! You need to have the certificate of your secured study place when you apply for student housing.

How to accept the offer:

You can accept the offer even if you are not in Finland yet. Remember to pay the deposit and submit the requested documents by the deadline to secure the apartment. If your residence permit decision is negative, the deposit will be refunded.

What if you refuse the apartment offer:

If your arrival date in Finland hasn’t been confirmed and you have to refuse the apartment offer, notify LOAS immediately so they can offer the apartment to the next person. Note that if you refuse the offer, you might have to wait for a long time for the next apartment offer to come. We recommend you to reapply for the apartment as soon as possible!

What is included in the rent:

The rent in LOAS apartments includes water, electricity, internet, laundry room, sauna slots, common tenant facilities and storage spaces in all apartment types.

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