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.
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.
Forenom – private service provider
Forenom is a private, more upscale accommodation service provider. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped for quick moving in and comfortable living. Forenom offers flats for both short and long-term needs.
The rent starts from approximately 500€/month/person (basic apartments). Forenom apartments are only rented for a group of flat mates. You will have to form the group of flat mates yourself before an apartment can be rented.
Other websites for housing
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 Hostels.com.