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In the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, student housing is offered by, e.g. the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, HOAS, and the Aalto University Student Union AYY. Since HOAS and AYY cannot offer housing to all students in the area, it is advisable to use all available resources for your search, including the private housing market. For additional information, see the AYY website.

Additional housing information

The housing situation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (cities of Helsinki, Espoo Vantaa and Kauniainen) is challenging. Rent prices are high (starting from approx. 650€ for a small studio apartment in Helsinki and 500€ in Espoo) and there is a lack of small rental apartments and student housing within the area. Therefore finding suitable accommodation can be difficult especially in the beginning of the autumn term (August/September).

Although AYY and HOAS have thousands of apartments, they cannot accommodate all the students. Prepare yourself to seek for accommodation from the private rental market as well.

Your possibilities to find an apartment improve if you are willing to live outside the centre and campus areas. It is easy to travel around the cities of Espoo and Helsinki: the public transportation works well! 

Key points

No flat before arriving in Finland?

If you do not have an apartment before arriving in Finland, be sure to make a reservation for a hostel early enough!

Forenom House Helsinki located at district of Herttoniemi/Helsinki (Street address Hitsaajankatu 12) provides rather affordable rooms. E.g room for 2 persons is approx 50€/night (25€ per person) when booking the room for 1 week.

Vuokrahuone offers rooms and special dorm type alcoves. Located at district of Vallila, Helsinki.

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