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
Many students of Metropolia live in Hoas’s (Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region) apartments. A full time degree student in the capital area can apply for a room in a shared apartment, a studio apartment, a two-room apartment, a roomie apartment or a family apartment after being admitted to a school.
The affordable rent includes water and in some apartments electricity, too. In addition, there is a free internet connection and usually a common sauna and laundry room as well.
Hoas apartments are situated near campuses or within good public transportation connections in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. See the locations of the properties on a map
There are several Hoas properties near Metropolia campuses, for example:
- Arabia Campus: several properties in Toukola, Kumpula and Viikki. Great public transportation connections from further locations, too.
- Karaportti Campus: Juusintie property in Kauniainen very near and several properties in Kilo and Leppävaara. Good connections from Kiltakallio and Kirkkojärvi, too.
- Myllypuro Campus: Several properties within quick and easy connections. Check out at least Mellunmäki, Kivikko, Kontula, Kurkimäki, Itäkeskus, Pukinmäki and Malmi.
- Myyrmäki Campus: Three properties in Myyrmäki. In addition several properties in Malminkartano, Kannelmäki and Hakuninmaa.
HOAS for Degree and Exchange Students
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 apartments for the degree students 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 website.
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 connection, as well as access to a laundry room and a sauna. 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. Offers will be sent to students via e-mail after Metropolia has confirmed the student exchange selections, so there is no risk of getting stuck with an apartment but not being accepted for exchange.
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.
On the HOAS application form for exchange students, you need to select the correct campus of Metropolia; please see our campus list below. In the application, please choose "Student exchange" as your degree, and one of the campuses below as your faculty/location.
Health care and social services
- Karamalmi Campus (Karaportti 2, Espoo): Information Technology, Industrial Management
- Myllypuro Campus (Myllypurontie 1, Helsinki): Construction Architecture, Sustainable Building Engineering, Land Surveying and Urban Planning
- Myyrmäki Campus (Leiritie 1, Vantaa): Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering and Energy and Environmental Technology, Construction Architecture, Electronics, Laboratory Sciences, Sustainable Building Engineering, Sustainable Society and Circular Economy, Virtual Product Design
HOAS will offer you the best available location in relation to your campus, but please be prepared to live further away from the campus since there are hundreds of students applying for the same locations.
Remember that it is easy to travel around the Helsinki region: the public transport in Helsinki is ranked among the best in Europe! You can check the transport connections from your apartment to the city centre or the campus areas at Helsinki Region Transport Journey Planner.
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
Once HOAS has found you a room they will send you a housing reservation by e-mail. Check your e-mail on a regular basis - also junk mail / spam mailbox, just in case. Most of the HOAS housing reservations are sent out during June/November, so if you have not received a housing reservation e-mail by July/early December, be sure to search for other accommodation options.
When you receive a housing offer, accept it as soon as possible. If you do not accept it by the deadline mentioned on the offer, the housing will be offered to someone else. You will not get a second offer. Please contact HOAS if you need more response time, or if you already know you will decline your only offer. If you didn't get the kind of housing or location you wished for, it means that your first choice was no longer available. It is common in Finland to live further away from the campus, and the public transportation system is excellent. Use the HSL Journey Planner to check connections.
Read carefully the detailed instructions on the HOAS website for exchange students. Please note especially that a signed housing reservation is a valid tenancy agreement which cannot be cancelled or edited afterwards. The agreement will be made only for full semesters.
Receiving the HOAS keys
You will get the keys for your apartment on the first business day that your tenancy agreement begins in. If the tenancy period begins during the weekend or on a public holiday, you receive control of the apartment on the following business day after that. You can also collect the keys at a later date. You can pick up your HOAS keys from the HOAS office during their opening hours. The HOAS office can be found in the city centre of Helsinki (address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 29, Helsinki).
Please plan your arrival in Helsinki so that you can pick up your key during the office hours. If you arrive outside their office hours, please be prepared to book a hostel or hotel room until you can pick up the keys from the HOAS office.
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.
Temporary Housing Options
Many companies in the Helsinki region rent out furnished apartments or rooms in apartment hotels for a temporary stay, for example:
- AnttiKorppi Student House
- Ida Aalbergin tie 1 (shared student apartments by Sato)
- Both Helsinki
- Noli Studios
- Comodo apartments
- See also the accommodation section of the Visit Helsinki website
For hostels and other options, see for example:
- CheapSleep Helsinki
- Finnish Hostel Association
- Visit Helsinki website
- CouchSurfing, a volunteer-based network for short-term accommodation
You can also rent furniture for the duration of your exchange from Furent. For example, during a five-month exchange you could fully furnish a studio apartment for 90€ per month.