Student accommodation is available with student housing associations and companies close to most Laurea local campuses. This page contains information about the different accommodation options for students studying on different Laurea campuses.
Facts about housing in Finland
- The voltage of electricity is 230 AC (50 cycles).
- Plugs are two-pin continental sizes.
- Each housing association / apartment building has a set of rules for living. These include e.g. times when occupants need to avoid loud noises that disturb neighbors.
- According to safety regulations, occupants are not allowed to store anything in the hallways of apartment buildings.
- Smoking is commonly forbidden inside apartment buildings.
- In general, Finns follow rules promptly. Not obeying rules usually results in a warning or a penalty fine.
International exchange students coming to study at Laurea campuses in the city of Espoo (Laurea Leppävaara and Laurea Otaniemi) and city of Vantaa (Laurea Tikkurila) can apply for accommodation from HOAS and different sources from the private markets.
Each student is responsible for applying for accommodation independently. We strongly recommend to find appartment before arriving to Finland. Make sure you have a place to stay for your first few nights in Finland.
Please notice that the apartment situation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area is extremely difficult and thus it is important to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible and preferably from several different sources! When you receive a housing offer, we strongly advise you to take it.
A HOAS home will create a good background for your studies and life in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Every year, HOAS provides a safe housing alternative to thousands of students.
For exchange students and trainees, HOAS provides furnished flats. This service is tailor-made to ensure that there are furnished apartments available for exchange students who stay in the region only for one term or one academic year. In the Helsinki region, the rental level is high and it is difficult to find affordable furnished flats for this kind of short term needs.
The amount of the HOAS apartments for exchange students in Helsinki area is not sufficient for all exchange students. There are around 850 HOAS apartments reserved for exchange students in the region. Around 60 % of the exchange students of the region live in these apartments. Especially in the beginning of the autumn term, in September, HOAS cannot offer housing for all applicants. If you receive a housing offer, we strongly advise you to take it - You will get only one housing offer from HOAS! Please notice that if you do get an apartment from HOAS you cannot move into it before mid-August (for the autumn semester) so plan your arrival accordingly. For more information on locations, rents, forms of housing etc., please see the HOAS web pages.
For degree seeking students (studying at Laurea for a full degree) HOAS offers unfurnished housing.
What does HOAS rent include?
Furnished rooms (only for exchange students) in shared apartments cost about €400/month, studios around €500/month and shared studios around €300/month per person. The rent includes basic furniture, broadband internet connection (you need to bring your own ethernet cable RJ-45), electricity and water. However, the rent does not include pillow, blanket, bed linen, towels and dishes, those you need to provide yourself.
The rent is higher in furnished apartments than in HOAS apartments that are not furnished (meant for degree students). The reason for this is that furnished flats stay empty during the summer. The cost of this is divided in the rent of the academic year. In this manner HOAS is able to provide and guarantee furnished housing for short-term studies. In return for the higher rent, students get furnished flats and a separate service at HOAS.
Rent for unfurnished rooms (only for degree students) in shared apartments is approx. €200–320/month, studios approx. €330–520/month and family apartments approx. €450–900/month. Kindly note that there is a limited number of the cheapest rooms. The rent includes broadband internet connection, electricity and water.
HOAS apartments are located around the city. Your possibilities to receive an apartment from HOAS are improved if you are willing to live outside the centre and campus areas. In Finland it is very common for the students to live further away from campus or higher education institution. Remember that it is easy to travel around Helsinki region: the public transport in Helsinki is ranked among the best in Europe! You can check the transport connections from your apartment to the centre or campus areas at HSL Helsinki Region Transport Journey Planner (Reittiopas).
HOAS does their best to offer you a place to stay according to your wishes and with a reasonable distance from your campus. The later you apply, the less likely we can honor your preferences or offer housing for you. If you don't get the kind of housing or location you wished for, it means that your first choice was no longer available. You will always get the best available housing option!
Applying for HOAS housing
It is very important to apply as soon as possible after being accepted to study at Laurea.
Laurea sends a list of all accepted exchange students to HOAS who will start making the apartment offers based on that list earliest at the beginning of June for the autumn semester and earliest in mid-November for the spring semester. Most of the HOAS housing offers are sent out by the beginning of August for the autumn semester and by the beginning of December for the spring semester.
Private sector housing
Apartments and rooms in the private markets are rented both furnished and unfurnished, and for a fixed term (e.g. 5 months) as well as for a minimum of 12 months (after which contract is continuous). Read the advertisements carefully to make sure what is included in the rent. You might need to buy home insurance and pay for electricity and internet connection separately.
Never send a passport copy via email to any stranger or a person who asks for it for private housing renting reasons. If you are renting housing from the private market, do not pay large sums in advance to anyone unless you have received an original signed lease agreement or checked the legitimacy of the offer.
Forenom is an accommodation service provider that offers apartments and rooms for both short term and long term needs. The service covers the supply of accommodation in single or shared rooms in apartment-hotels and in normal apartments from studios to family houses, from basic apartments to luxury housing. Apartments/rooms are fully furnished and equipped for quick moving in and comfortable living.
The rent includes full furniture, electricity, water, TV, pillows, blankets (without bed linen) and dishes. So basically all you need to have when moving into a Forenom apartment is your own toothbrush!
Links to apartment advertisements
- Housing Anywhere - A student-to-student housing platform for exchange students
- Finland Forum discussion forum
- Facebook group "Apartments for students in Helsinki Metropolitan area" (has also very good translations of apartment vocabulary in the 'Discussions' section)
- Vuokraovi.com - Apartment rentals
- Tori.fi announcement forum (information in Finnish only)
- Infopankki - Municipal info for housing.
- Lumo.fi - Housing company
- SATO - Housing company
- Nettiasunto.com - Announcement forum for apartments
Short-term housing options for the first few nights:
Student accommodation for international students at Laurea Hyvinkää unit is offered by Hyvinkään vuokra-asunnot Oy. Laurea Hyvinkää will reserve the accommodation for all their exchange students according to the exchange period. Student accommodation is provided by the local housing company Hyvinkään Vuokra-asunnot Oy (HYVA Oy). The apartments are located mainly in Välipellontie in Hyvinkää. All the rooms are simply furnished (bed, table, chair, wardrobe). There are three bedrooms with their own bathroom and shared kitchen. The laundry room is available near to the apartment.
The rent of one month is 313,13 € in Välipellontie in 2018. The rent includes furniture, heating, electricity and water. An internet connection is also included, but it requires VDSL2 modem, and the connection can be opened when the student has received a Finnish ID number from the registration office.
Laurea Hyvinkää will arrange the accommodation only for the exchange students who study or practice at Laurea Hyvinkää. Every student lives in an own room and it can´t be shared with anyone. Boys and girls live separated in their own apartments.
How to Apply for housing in Hyvinkää?
When Laurea has accepted student´s application for an exchange, he/she will receive an invoice of a deposit: one month´s rent must be paid beforehand together with a service fee (313,13 € + 70 € = 383,13 €) within two weeks by the due date. Thereafter the accommodation will be booked for the student and the address will be informed. The deposit will not be returned if the student cancels the exchange. The last month´s rent of the exchange period (December or May) will not be charged, when the student has paid it in advance.
The exchange student of Laurea Hyvinkää campus will sign two copies of tenancy agreement with the rules in the dormitory on the first school day. The agreement is binding. The tenancy agreement will be done for the whole exchange period, and the term of notice is one month. The whole rent of the month must always be paid, also when the tenant doesn´t stay the whole month, except in August Laurea charges half rent.
Every student must keep his/her own room and kitchen clean and in good condition during his/her stay. The neighbors and roommates should be treated respectfully avoiding all disturbing.
At the end of the exchange period the student must clean up properly and return the keys on the moving out day at the latest. The exchange period ends on Friday and the moving out day is the following Monday.
Laurea Hyvinkää provides a kitchen and bedroom set to the student to use during the exchange period. Every student should pay 50 € for the Survival Kit. The payment will be included in the first rent bill.
The student must return everything in the same condition as received. The dishes should be washed before returning. If something is damaged or missing, extra money (20€) will be charged. It is possible and recommended to substitute the broken/missing item for buying a new similar one.
Arrival to Hyvinkää
There is a Finnish tutor student nominated for every exchange student. The tutor contacts the student by email about arrival information. If agreed, the tutor will come to meet an arriving student at the airport, port or railway station and will help to travel to Hyvinkää. The tutor will help in practical matters from the start to the end of the exchange period.
Exchange students will have rooms in a student dormitory. Students will share the apartment with one or two other students. Each student will have his/her own room and the kitchen and bathroom will be shared. Laurea Lohja will reserve the accommodation for all their exchange students according to the exchange period.
Information on accommodation at Laurea Porvoo can be obtained from the international coordinator.
The exchange students in Laurea study in six different Bachelor and two Master degree programmes in English.
Studying at Laurea
Laurea University of Applied Sciences has a unique method of learning. It is called Learning by Developing (LbD). Find out more about studying at Laurea in Finland!