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Student housing

If you are a student, you can apply for rental housing that is particularly intended for students. The rent of student housing is usually cheaper than other rental housing. Student housing are leased by student housing foundations, student unions, student associations and some other foundations. Some institutes also have their own student halls. Ask from your own institute where you can apply for student housing.

You can apply for student housing as soon as you have received a study place. In the larger cities it may take several weeks or months before you receive student housing.

If you are granted student housing, you can usually live there throughout your studies. You must, however, be a fulltime student and make progress in your studies. Your lessor may terminate your tenancy agreement if you have not completed enough courses.

If you are covered by Finnish social security, you can apply for a housing allowance from Kela to cover your housing costs. Read more about the housing allowance on the Infopankki page Housing allowance.

If your only reason for being in Finland is studying, you are residing in Finland temporarily and are not covered by Finnish social security. If you have other reasons for residing in Finland, such as a job, you may be covered by Finnish social security. Read more on the Infopankki page Finnish social security.

linkkiSuomen opiskelija-asunnot:
Student housingFinnish | English

linkkiKela:
Information about a student's social security benefitsFinnish | Swedish | English