Housing

Similar to the other European metropolises, the housing situation in the Helsinki region is challenging. Rental level is relatively high and finding affordable accommodation can be difficult especially in the beginning of the autumn term (August/September). The spring term is easier when it comes of finding accommodation. Therefore it is highly recommended that exchange students favour the spring term, if at all possible.

Aalto University itself does not own student dormitories. The main student housing providers for incoming Aalto University students are the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, HOAS ( hoas.fi ) and Aalto University Student Union, AYY (ayy.fi).

MOAS, Mikkeli Student Housing Ltd. offers the student housing for those Aalto University students who study in the Mikkeli Campus.

Unfortunately the demand for student housing has been steadily increasing and HOAS and AYY do not have the capacity to accommodate all the students. Therefore students should also prepare themselves to seek for accommodation from the private rental sectors.

The Helsinki Metropolitan area that consists of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen luckily offers good public transportation services so accommodation options can easily be sought from this whole area.

 

Bachelor and Master students

Degree students at Aalto University are, for the most part, responsible for arranging their own accommodation. In order to apply for student housing in the Helsinki region, fill in the application forms directly on the webpage of HOAS and/or AYY. If your place of study is in the city of Mikkeli you should fill in the housing application on the webpage of MOAS. Before filling in the forms, read the provided instructions carefully.

Unfortunately the demand for student housing has been steadily increasing and HOAS and AYY do not have the capacity to accommodate all students. Therefore students should also seek for accommodation from the private rental sectors.

Links and tips for searching alternatives aside from HOAS and AYY can be found on the Other rentals and Short term accommodation pages.

Practical information section provides helpful information e.g. for buying furniture, internet connections as well as some good-to-know tenancy issues.

HOAS – the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region

HOAS offers various kinds of student accommodation options: rooms in shared apartments, apartments for families as well as studio apartments (although the studios are only available for students already living in other HOAS apartments). The apartments available for degree students are unfurnished.

Rental level varies approximately between 300-900€/month. Kindly note that there is a only limited number of the least expensive rooms, so one should be prepared to pay more than the minimum. The rent generally includes broadband internet connection, electricity and water.

It is advisable to apply for an apartment as soon as you receive your study place, however no sooner than four months before you need the apartment.

Unfortunately there is no guarantee that you will get an apartment when your studies begin.

Further information: HOAS (hoas.fi)
vuokrausneuvonta [at] HOAS [dot] fi,
tel. +358 9 549 900

AYY, Aalto University Student Union

AYY has some 2,500 apartments available for Aalto University students who have signed up as members of AYY and paid the membership fee. AYY apartments are located in Espoo and Helsinki. Monthly rents include water and internet. The apartments are not furnished.

Further information: AYY (ayy.fi)

AYY housing office
asuntotoimisto [at] ayy [dot] fi
Tel: +358 50 520 9410
Visiting address: Otakaari 11, Otaniemi, Espoo

MOAS, Mikkeli Student Housing Ltd.

MOAS provides student housing for the students studying at the Aalto University School of Business Mikkeli Campus. MOAS has approximately 740 apartments which can accommodate in total of 1100 residents. More information as well as application form may be obtained from the MOAS website. (moas.fi)

Mikkeli Student Housing Ltd.
50100 Mikkeli, Finland
Tel: +358 15 150 065
Fax: +358 15 150 131
Email: headquarters [at] moas [dot] fi

No flat before arriving in Finland?

If you do not have an apartment before arriving in Finland, be sure to make a hostel reservation early enough. Hostels are often fully booked especially in early September.

You can search for hostels through Finnish Hostel Association (hostellit.fi) Or you can try couch-surfing, a volunteer-based network for accommodation.

Make sure you have a place to stay for your first nights in Finland!

 

PhD students

PhD students, as other degree students, are generally responsible for arranging their own accommodation. It is good to know that Aalto University does not own student dormitories which could accommodate PhD students. Main accommodation options are presented below.

Practical information section provides useful information on  e.g. how to get electricity contract, what is the water fee, and where to buy furnitures. There is also very good-to-know section for tenancy issues.

In case you are officially employed by Aalto University  you may visit also Housing pages for incoming staff members.

Private rental market

For PhD students the private rental market is usually the best solution for obtaining accommodation since HOAS, The Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, has more limited services and options for PhD students.

Although private rental market supply is wide it can take some time to find suitable accommodation. Private market housing is advertised online (various rental apartment forums), in newspapers or through agents. You can find more information about private rental market and other accommodation options here:

Other rentals

Short term accommodation

HOAS (The Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region)

HOAS provides some housing also for PhD students. However the service is much more limited because HOAS prioritizes full-time graduate students (studying towards a Master´s degree) with their housing services. Therefore the queuing time for PhD students can last very long time, even over a year. HOAS apartments available for post-graduates are unfurnished. PhD students can apply for a room in a shared apartment or family apartments. Studio apartments are not available.

Further information:

HOAS (hoas.fi)

vuokrausneuvonta [at] HOAS [dot] fi

tel. +358 9 549 900

Töölö Towers

Töölö Towers are designed to accommodate incoming international researchers and other guests from a week to a maximum of 6 months. Töölö Towers are centrally located in the city of Helsinki at Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 23 A, close to the Töölö Campus of Aalto University. There is an easy access to the Otaniemi Campus via a near-by Kamppi Bus Terminal and to the Arabia Campus via tram.

Töölö Towers consist of 178 furnished rooms and apartments.  Price range is 329-672 € / week  and 813-2349 € / month for one person. Breakfast and weekly cleaning including a change of bed linen are included in the price.

More info can be found here (unihome.fi)

Reservations and enquiries are made by the receiving Aalto University units.

email: unihome [at] helsinki [dot] fi

tel:  +358 294124727

Aalto Inn

Aalto Inn is a high quality researcher hotel located in Otaniemi. It consist of 52 furnished apartments: studios and one bedroom apartments. Reservations can be made from one night up to 6 months, which is the maximum.

More info: www.unihome.fi Reservations only through the receiving Aalto University unit/department.

Email: unihome [at] helsinki [dot] fi
Tel: +358 294124727

Prices vary from 960€/30 days up to 1650€/30 days.

Anttikorppi Halls of Residence

Anttikorppi Halls of Residence provides furnished rooms in shared apartments mainly for international students. (Good option for e.g. PhD students!). Anttikorppi Halls of Residence is located at district of Koskela, Helsinki. It is close to Aalto University´s Arabia Campus, and has good public transportation connections to both Töölö and Otaniemi Campus as well.

Rent of the rooms is 420€/month. No deposit is required.

    More info and enquiries can be found from here (anttikorppi.fi).

 

Exchange students

Main student housing providers for our incoming exchange students are the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki region, HOAS (hoas.fi) and Aalto University Student Union, AYY (ayy.fi). The apartments are located in Espoo and Helsinki, all with public transportation connections to the university campuses.

Aalto University has negotiated a certain number of furnished apartments for its exchange students. Due to the limited number of these apartments Aalto University, HOAS or AYY unfortunately cannot guarantee housing for all exchange students. The earlier you apply the better chance of getting housing you have.

The spring term is always easier when it comes of finding accommodation. Therefore it is highly recommended that exchange students favor the spring term, if at all possible.

Rental level of HOAS and AYY varies between 250-550 € month. Rooms are furnished and mostly in shared apartments. Kindly note that there is a limited number of the least expensive rooms, so we unfortunately cannot guarantee that rate for everyone. The monthly rent usually includes broadband internet connection, electricity and water.

Instructions for applying exchange student housing vary according to the Schools of Aalto. More info  can be found from the Aalto University´s INTO pages of each school. Direct links below.

School of Science
School of Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering
School of Chemical Technology
School of Business
School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Because there is not enough rooms to accommodate all incoming exchange students you should also prepare yourself  to look for the rental room or apartment from the private rental market. These accommodation options can be found in the following sections

Other rentals

Short term accomodation

No flat before arriving in Finland?

If you don't have an apartment before arriving in Finland, be sure to make a hostel reservation early enough! Hostels are often fully booked especially in early September. 

You can search for other hostels at http://www.hostellit.fi/?lang=EN. Or you can also try couch-surfing, a volunteer-based network for accommodation, http://www.couchsurfing.org/ 

Make sure you have a place to stay for your first nights in Finland!

 

Other rentals

Rental housing is mainly available on the private housing market. Available housing is advertised online (various rental apartment forums), in newspapers and through agents. Finding housing can be time-consuming as advertisements are often in Finnish.

A minimum rental period is usually 12 months for a private market apartment. This means that you are not allowed to terminate the rental agreement during the first year.

Rental apartments are almost always unfurnished, and in order to rent an apartment a deposit (equivalent to 1-3 months of rent) is usually required. The deposit is given back to you when you leave the apartment, providing that you have paid the rent and kept the apartment in good condition.

We recommend that you always make a written rental contract with the landlord and when renting an apartment from a private person you should not pay rents in advance if you have not seen the apartment first.

Average rental levels in the private market

- 20m²-30m² studio apartment near campuses: minimum 650€/month
- room in a shared apartment: 400-600€/month (private rentals)
- 40m²-50m² two-room-apartment near campuses: 750€-1300€/month

Remember that in addition to monthly rent there are other monthly costs which you should keep in mind when budgeting for accommodation (e.g. electricity, water fee, home insurance, internet connection). See more info in the Practical information section (aalto.fi).

Aalto related portals

Aalto Sharetribe (aalto.sharetribe.com) users can offer each other items, favors, rides and housing - and also request these from other users. Note that using Aalto Sharetribe requires Aalto email address.

University Marketplace (marketplace.helsinki.fi/) is a joint portal for students and staff at the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Laurea University of Applied Sciences and University of the Arts Helsinki.

Sharetribe Otaniemi International Network (oin.sharetribe.com) Similar portal than Aalto Sharetribe, but open access for everybody.

Forenom – Furnished flats and hostel type of rooms

Forenom (forenom.fi)  is a privately owned company which offers furnished flats and rooms for short and long term needs. The rent includes furniture, electricity, water and TV, pillows, blankets (without bed linen) and dishes. As a student you can e.g. gather up a group of friends and apply for a larger apartment together or rent a furnished room.

Email: reservations [at] forenom [dot] fi
Tel: +358 20 198 3420

Anttikorppi Student House

Anttikorppi Student House (formerly known as CIMO halls of residence) provides furnished rooms in shared apartments mainly for international students. (Good option for e.g. PhD students!). Anttikorppi Student House is located at the district of Koskela in Helsinki. It is close to Aalto University's Arabia Campus, and has good public transportation connections to both Töölö and Otaniemi Campus as well.

Rent of the rooms is 420€/month. No deposit is required.

More information and contact details can be found on www.anttikorppi.com.

Rental apartment forums and providers, examples

  • Oikotie (oikotie.fi) Oikotie is a forum where you can leave announcements for items or apartments to be sold or rented etc. (in Finnish)
  • Vuokraturva (vuokraturva.fi) Real estate agency.
  • Vuokraovi (vuokraovi.fi) Portal for rental apartments.
  • Lumo (lumo.fi) Rental apartment in Espoo and Helsinki
  • SATO (sato.fi) SATO is a corporate investor company.
  • Habita (habita.fi) Habita is a privately owned real estate agency which offers also rental service.
  • OPKK (opkk.fi) Estate agency. (in Finnish, contact information available in English)
  • Tori (tori.fi) Online market place for all kinds of items, also housing advertisements. (in Finnish)
  • Kiinteistömaailma (kiinteistomaailma.fi) Estate agency. (Limited English search)
  • Huoneistokeskus (huoneistokeskus.fi) Estate agency. (search-tool in Finnish)

Watch out for rental scams when renting from private landlords!

Although the majority of private landlords are reliable and you should not be too alarmed, it is always good to keep in mind the possibility of fraud. If an apartment sounds too good to be true (e.g. cheap in relation to its size and location) it should raise your suspicions. Never send money, credit card details or passport information to anyone in advance. Do not pay the deposit payments or any rent in advance if you have not seen the place, met the landlord and signed the rental agreement.

 

Short term accommodation

"Gives you roof over your head when you arrive!"

Forenom - furnished flats and hostel type of twin rooms

Forenom (forenom.fi) is a privately owned company which offers furnished flats as well as single rooms in shared apartments for short and long term needs. The rent usually includes furniture, electricity, water, TV, pillows, blankets (without bed linen) and dishes. As a student you can  e.g. gather up a group of friends and apply for an apartment together.

Email: reservations [at] forenom [dot] fi
Tel: +358 20 198 3420

Hostel

If you do not have an apartment before arriving in Finland, be sure to make a reservation for a hostel early enough! The hostels are often fully booked in early September. You can search for a hostel (hostellit.fi)

Couch-surfing for the adventurous

You can also try couch-surfing (couchsurfing.com), a volunteer-based network for accommodation.

Other types of accommodation: apartment hotels, hotels, hostels

There are plenty of other accommodation solutions available within the Helsinki Metropolitan area suitable for short term needs. Apartment hotels, Bed & Breakfast providers, hotels, hostels etc.

The City of Helsinki has a list of hotels and other accommodation types on its Visit Helsinki pages. (visithelsinki.fi)

The City of Espoo has an accommodation search tool on their website Visit Espoo. (visitespoo.fi)

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