Housing option for international Bachelor's and Master's degree students liable to pay tuition fees

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In order to accommodate the growing number of international degree students, the University of Helsinki has reserved a number of rooms and studios from Unihome and  Hoas for Bachelor's and Master’s degree students who are moving to Finland and are liable to pay tuition fees. This group also includes students who have been awarded a Tuition Fee Grant.

The apartments are furnished and have excellent public transport connections. If you match the criteria mentioned above, we strongly recommend applying for housing from this quota as these apartments' rents are lower than market prices!

Different types of apartments

  • Unihome Studio Apartment on Vuolukiventie (456€-506€ per month)
  • Hoas Studio apartment
  • Hoas Shared studio apartment
  • Hoas Room in a shared apartment
  • Hoas Shared room in a shared apartment

Further information about apartments can be found on the Hoas website and Unihome brochure.

Detailed information regarding the apartment and the location can be found in the housing offer.

A room in a shared apartment is a bedroom for a single person in an apartment that is shared with 2-3 other students. The kitchen and bathroom are shared with the other students. There are separate shared apartments for male and female students. The apartments have a kitchen with a stove/oven and refrigerator, usually one bathroom and a toilet. In addition some apartments may have a balcony and a common living area.

Please see what is included in Hoas' furnished apartments (Hoas' website).

Im­port­ant to know be­fore ap­ply­ing

The studios and rooms are reserved for international degree students moving to Finland, who have been accepted to complete a Bachelor's or Master's Degree at the University of Helsinki and are liable to pay tuition fees. This group also includes students who have been awarded a Tuition Fee Grant.

The application period ends on May 23. The sooner you are able to pay the tuition fee the better chance you have to secure an apartment. You can receive a housing offer only if you have paid your tuition fee.

The Unihome studios are located on Vuolukiventie. Hoas aims to offer you an apartment close to or with good connections to your study campus, unless you wish otherwise. Please also note that you may receive an offer for a different accommodation type than what you selected in your housing application. Hoas will send its housing offers at the end of June, Unihome's housing offers might be sent already before that.

If you apply for housing from this quota, please refrain from applying for an apartment directly through Hoas’ website until you know whether you have received housing from this quota. Otherwise there is a risk that your applications will get mixed. Apartments in this quota are furnished, unlike apartments that you would apply for directly from Hoas.

Terms and con­di­tions regarding Hoas and Unihome apartments

  • You will need to pay a 500 euros deposit when accepting the housing offer.
  • The residence period is only for the first study year, from the 1st of August to the 31st of July with a fixed-term contract that cannot be terminated in the middle of the term. After this fixed term rental agreement you can apply for a standard unfurnished apartment from Hoas. Please note that neither Unihome nor Hoas can guarantee that they can offer you an apartment after the fixed term rental agreement has ended.

Ap­plic­a­tion steps

  1. Pay your tuition fee
  2. Fill in the application form as soon as possible, but latest on May 23. You will need to attach a receipt of the paid tuition fee to your application. You can submit only one application.
  3. Confirm your housing with Hoas or Unihome after you receive a housing offer by email. The confirmation is done by sending a signed tenancy agreement and a receipt of the paid deposit (500 euros) back to Hoas or Unihome. You will get further information on how to confirm your housing in the email from Hoas or Unihome.
  4. If you applied for housing through this quota, do not apply for Hoas housing directly from Hoas’ website. Please wait to first find out whether you received a room or studio from this quota.

We hope that this apartment for your first year of studies will give you a good start for your life in Finland! If you have questions regarding the application process for housing, please send an e-mail to studentinfo@helsinki.fi.