The Helsinki Metropolitan area is a fun place to live in, but finding suitable accommodation in the capital region can be challenging.
There is a lot of competition in affordable housing, so it is important to start searching for a room many months prior to arrival. Look into different options and make sure that you have reserved accommodation before you arrive.
Metropolia does not have housing services to offer. Thus it is the student's responsibility to find an accommodation for the period of their studies.
Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region - HOAS
The majority of Metropolia's degree and exchange students are able to secure their accommodation with the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS). HOAS is an independent, non-profit organisation which provides housing for approximately 17 000 students in the capital region.
HOAS offers the housing based on the student’s university campus area or within good traffic connections to the institution, so it is a very convenient option.
Note that there are different arrangements for exchange and degree students, so make sure to read the correct section!
HOAS for Degree Students
Many students who come to study for a degree at Metropolia live in the HOAS apartments.
HOAS properties are divided into campus areas for different schools. Each campus area has several options for families, friends, and students applying alone.
HOAS accommodation consists of private room with a shared kitchen and bathroom. HOAS apartments are unfurnished.
HOAS deals with a huge number of housing applications. Autumn is the busiest time of the year and HOAS is not able to arrange housing for all applicants. Therefore it is vital that you will submit application to HOAS as early as possible and if you will get an offer from HOAS it is recommended that you will accept it immediately.
See more information on the accommodation options and submitting an application on the HOAS web site.
HOAS for Exchange Students
Most of Metropolia exchange students live in HOAS apartments. A limited number of furnished apartments has been reserved for the incoming exchange students.
HOAS is an easy, safe and affordable option for exchange students. The tenancy agreements for exchange students are made for full semesters (see Academic Calendar), regardless of the length of your exchange. The rent in all HOAS locations includes basic furniture, water, heating, electricity and Internet. All housing areas have shops, public transportation and other services nearby.
Applying for a HOAS room
The application periods for exchange student housing are:
- Autumn semester and academic year: 1 April - 5 May
- Spring semester: 1 October - 5 November
Please apply as soon as the application period starts! Because HOAS cannot accommodate all the students of the region, applying by the deadline does not guarantee that you will get a room.
In the autumn semester, rooms of the Metropolia quota are offered in the arriving order of the applications in two categories: first to students arriving for full academic year, and then to rest of the applicants for full autumn semester for as long as there are places available. In the spring semester the rooms are offered in the arriving order of the applications for full spring semester only.
Accommodation options at HOAS
There are four furnished room types that HOAS offers for exchange students:
- room in a shared apartment
- shared room in a shared apartment*
- studio apartment and
- shared studio apartment*.
See the details and prices on the HOAS website.
* These options with a shared bedroom are only possible for couples and friends who know each other, because they provide very limited privacy. Please note that you will not be able to change the apartment or roommate after signing the tenancy agreement. When applying for a shared studio or a shared room in a shared apartment, both tenants must write on their application whom they want to share the room with.
Accepting HOAS Reservation
You can also search for accommodation on the private market. However, it might be very difficult to find affordable accommodation, especially if you are an exchange student looking for furnished accommodation for a short period of time.
In the Helsinki Metropolitan area there are relatively few rental apartments available and the rents are high (appr. 600-800 euros/month/studio) even if you live outside the city centre of Helsinki - furniture, water, electricity and Internet connection are not included in the rent either. The highest demand for affordable housing is at the beginning of each semester, so start looking months in advance.
Be cautious in accepting a rental apartment from a private owner without seeing it though – there are scams and fake advertisements in the market.
Please note that Metropolia cannot offer any assistance in finding accommodation from the private market.