It is very important to settle all the housing matters in advance, preferably already from the U.S., if possible. Please note that the Fulbright Finland Foundation does not organize housing for grantees.
Core Scholars, Distinguished Chairs, and Specialists
Core Fulbright scholars, Distinguished chairs and Specialist Program participants should have their housing arranged by their host institution, and any special requirements should have been clarified already at the time of applying. If this is not the case, please contact your host as soon as possible, prior to arrival. Fulbright Finland provides the housing for the Bicentennial Chair.
MCPD and Teacher grantees
The MCPD grantees, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grantees and students must arrange for their own housing. The host institution is not responsible for arranging housing for the grantee (although in some cases they may do so). If you need assistance with locating housing, the host institution should be able to advise you on possible contacts.
Apply early! Apply for housing immediately after you have received your student status from the university. Please note that the students' housing situation has been extremely difficult during the past few years. Housing applications are processed on a first come - first served basis. Therefore, early application is essential!
We have collected more links that will help you when searching for housing. Contact the Foreign Student Advisor or International Coordinator at your host institution for more information on student housing.
All students are responsible for their own housing arrangements. In practice, most grantees live in student housing. Housing for students is organized by Student Housing Foundations, for example, called HOAS in Helsinki, and TOAS in Tampere, etc. The various Students’ Unions and some universities may also provide housing for students. The student housing situation has been extremely tight during the past few years in most cities in Finland.
“Students should be aware of attitudes toward communal life, which can be a total shock to those coming from the U.S., where rampant sharing is the rule rather than the exception. In general, HOAS Finnish flatmates are civil and polite but do not expect to be friends with each other and often just leave each other alone. Each flatmate is expected to provide his/her own things and no type of sharing is taken for granted. For example, in my apartment everyone had their own roll of toilet paper and own bottle of dish detergent, and God forbid I should touch their food in the refrigerator. I actually like this system because you don’t have to worry about flatmates who leech all your stuff, or wonder whose rightful turn it is to buy how much toilet paper.”
“Explore housing options as early as possible. Apply to HOAS, but also check out the alternatives. By doing this, the grantee can find accommodation that works for his/her budget and desired location.”
“Living in student housing was extremely beneficial as I was able to have initial friendships form quite easily.”
Apply also Private Housing
Some students choose to live in private housing and in order to secure your housing in advance, you should also apply for housing from the private markets. Please find a list of resources here.
Contact the Foreign Student Advisor at your host institution to find out whether assistance with such arrangements is available. Please note that the host institution is under no obligation to assist with alternative housing arrangements. Also note that rents are very high, especially in the Helsinki area and suitable private housing may be very difficult to find. The Fulbright Finland Foundation does not organize housing for grantees.
Resources for House Hunting
General Accommodation Information
- Huge Amounts of Housing Information
- Good Place to Find Housing Benefits and Search Tools
- The International English Speakers’ Association of Finland ry: Useful Links
- Expat Finland
- Student Housing Information
Good Places to Start
- Real Estate Agent: Huoneistokeskus
- Real Estate Agent: Kiinteistömaailma
- Real Estate Agent: Vuokraturva
- Real Estate Agent: Céline Relocation Services
- Real Estate Agent: Sato Oy
- Real Estate Agent: Lumo-vuokrakodit
- Nation Wide Listings (in Finnish): TA.fi
- Nation Wide Listings (in Finnish): Oikotie
- Nation Wide Listings (in Finnish): Data Base
- Nation Wide Listings: Youth Housing
- Student Housing Help (Turku, Tampere, Helsinki: Asuntohelppi (the website is in Finnish, but you can email/call the company in English and ask for instructions on how to apply for housing through them. The email address is helppi(a)netti.fi and phone number +358 40 537 5210 (Mon-Sun 8:00-20:00).
Renting an apartment from a private person:
Please note that even though some of the web pages are in Finnish, you can still send out a search announcement in English! Contact the housing service directly by email and ask for assistance.
Student Housing Options:
“I lived in a dormitory style building with a bunch of international students from all over the world. It was a great experience meeting all of them and learning about Finland with other people who have never experienced it.”
U.S. Student grantee 2016-2017
“I really enjoyed living not on campus, and I recommend people check out opportunities to live with Finns in their community. And having the community aspect for me really helped me get outside my work bubble and engage with others in the area.”
U.S. Student grantee 2016-2017
“I was advised that because housing is scarce in Joensuu to just take the first thing available/offered to me. This turned out to be an exchange student housing through Elli. I would have much preferred to not share with loud, messy, exchange students in their early 20's. Its quite hard to figure out what housing is available and how true it is that housing is scarce. Also, a lot of the apartments I looked at required 1 year leases, which are too long for a Fulbright grant period. Having been here awhile I think it isn't actually as impossible to find suitable housing for a single person that isn't shared but it would have been nice to know that before arriving and getting stuck in the student apartments.”
U.S. Student grantee 2016-2017
- Student Union Housing Guide
- Student Housing Foundation (HOAS)
- Student Village Latokartano (only for students)
- Silta-Klubi (Only for students)
University of Helsinki’s student clubs rent apartments, but the applicant has to be a member of the club in order to apply.
- Keskisuomalaisen Osakunta (only for students)
- Pohjalaiset Osakunnat (in Finnish, only for students)
- Satalinnan Säätiön Opiskelija-Asunnot (in Finnish, only for students)
- Savolainen Osakunta (in Finnish, only for students)
- Wiipurilainen Osakunta (only for students)
- Svenska Studenters Bostadsstiftelse (in Swedish, only for students)