Housing in Helsinki for international students

Finding suitable accommodation in the capital region can be challenging. Apply early and reserve time for finding an apartment.

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Apply early

It is very important to start processing housing applications as soon as you are accepted. The student housing system is extremely congested in September and there will not be enough rooms available.

We recommend you apply for an apartment simultaneously through various channels, but make sure you remember to cancel the unnecessary applications after finding an apartment. When you are offered an apartment, do not wait for another offer if the apartment is close to what you are looking for.

Finding an apartment is a lot easier if you are willing to live outside the city center and campus areas. Remember that it is easy to travel around the Helsinki region: the public transport is ranked among the best in Europe.

Options for student housing

We recommend the following student housing possibilities: 

Sibelius Academy Student Housing Foundation, Clavis 

Clavis is a small hall of residence for Sibelius Academy students only. Both degree students and exchange students can apply for a room in Clavis.

HOAS – the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki region 

HOAS offers rooms in shared apartments and studios. HOAS has reserved a quota of shared, furnished apartments for exchange students and international degree students.

Other websites for housing

Temporary accommodation

If you need temporary accommodation when coming to the Helsinki area and before getting into your permanent accommodation, there are a number of hostels available. Find a comprehensive list of hotels from Hostelworld.com. A range of Airbnb accommodation is also available in Helsinki.

High rents

The rental level is high (approx. 600-800€ for a studio apartment in Helsinki) and there is a shortage of student housing in the region. The rooms in the student housing system cost €300-550/month. Please do not assume that you will be able to find something cheaper upon arrival.

Please note that the University is not responsible for arranging your accommodation. However, we will do our best to help you in case you face problems in finding accommodation.