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Housing for Exchange Students

The pages for incoming exchange students are being updated for spring 2019!

Laurea does not have its own student dormitories or other housing for students. Student accommodation is available with student housing associations and companies close to most Laurea local campuses.  Read about the different accommodation options for students studying on different Laurea campuses.

Helsinki Metropolitan Area ( Leppävaara, Otaniemi, Tikkurila)

International exchange students coming to study at Laurea campuses in the city of Espoo (Laurea Leppävaara and Laurea Otaniemi), city of Vantaa (Laurea Tikkurila) can apply for accommodation from HOAS and different sources from the private markets.

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.


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. Please read  further information.


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.

HOAS  housing

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 degree seeking students (studying at Laurea for a full degree) HOAS offers unfurnished housing.


It is very important to use the correct form when applying for housing from HOAS, and to fill in the form correctly, as soon as possible after being accepted to study at Laurea.
• Exchange students and trainees: > EXCHANGE STUDENTS > Applying
• Full degree students:> APPLYING > How to Apply

Laurea sends a list of all accepted exchange students to HOAS and HOAS 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 housing offers are sent out by the beginning of August for the autumn semester and by the beginning of December for the spring semester. If you have not received a housing offer by then, be sure to apply also via other channels.

What does my HOAS rent include?

Furnished rooms (only for exchange students and trainees) 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.

For more information on locations, rents, forms of housing etc., please see the HOAS web pages.

My HOAS apartment is not located near my campus - what to do?

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 Helsinki Region Transport Journey Planner .

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!

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 and relocation service provider that offers flats and rooms for both short 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!

Go to (check out also the Speciality locations like Forenom House Helsinki, Forenom Koto and MyRoom)

Links to apartment advertisements

Short-term housing options for the first few nights:




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.​

Facts about housing   

• 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.