When and how can I apply for a Hoas apartment?

You can submit an application as soon as you have been admitted to a school. Your application is valid for three months. 

When you have filled in the application, Hoas will process it and we will confirm by email that your application is valid. We will contact you if we need study certificates from you in order to process your application.

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1. Submit an application as soon as you have been admitted to a school

You can apply for a Hoas apartment, if you are a full time degree student, you are entitled to student financial aid and your school is in the capital area or surrounding municipalities.

You can apply for an apartment four months before you intend to move in.

Read more: Who can apply for a Hoas apartment?

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2. Fill in the application

Filling in the Hoas housing application form is easy but please take your time. We need accurate information about your studies, income and housing preferences to be able to offer you an apartment.

Your chances of getting an apartment are the better the more locations you put in your application. You can even put in all the different areas!

Five tips for finding an apartment

Take a look at the housing application

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3. Keep your application up to date

Your application is valid for three (3) months from the date of submission. The application must be updated at least every three months in order for it to not expire and be removed from our application register.

Take a look at Hoas apartment types

Updating application

 

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4. We try to find an apartment that matches your criteria

The waiting time may vary a lot depending on the choices you made on the housing application. There is a queue of more than a year for studio apartments. On the other hand, waiting times for a room in a shared apartment can be short.

When will I receive an offer?

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5. Accepting an apartment offer

You will receive your apartment offer by email. Read the document carefully and accept it. You can confirm your tenancy agreement by signing it in the electronic service and providing the requested documents to Hoas by the given due date. 

How do I accept the apartment offer I received?

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6. Welcome to your new Hoas home!

It is time to plan your moving day!  There is a lot to remember when you are moving into a new apartment. To help you keep track of everything important, we have put together a checklist for moving in:

Moving into a Hoas apartment

We hope that you enjoy your new home!

You can submit an application as soon as you have been admitted to a school, however no more than four months before you intend to move in. 

  • If you need an apartment from the 1st of September, the earliest time you can submit an application is the 1st of May in the same year.

However, please note that you cannot accept the apartment before school has started and you have enrolled for your studies. If you are just starting your studies and your term begins in January, you cannot accept an apartment in December. The summer months are an exception to this: if you are beginning your studies in the autumn, you can accept an apartment already in June.

Please make sure that the contact details you give on the application are correct. If your contact details are not correct, we will not be able to send you important messages concerning your application or your apartment offer. If you cannot send the application, please check that you have filled in all the required information (marked with an asterisk).

How many applications can I have at the same time?

You can have one valid application with which you may apply for a room in a shared apartment, a room in a roomie apartment, a studio apartment and/or a two-room apartment for one person.

At the same time you can also have another application valid for a family apartment with your spouse and/or with children. With family apartment application you may apply for studio, two-room, three-room and four-room apartment. With application for friends you may apply for two-room, three-room and four-room apartment. However you cannot apply both family and roomie apartment with same co-applicant(s).

What happens after I submit my application?

When you have filled in the application, Hoas will process it and we will confirm by email that your application is valid. We will contact you if we need study certificates from you in order to process your application.

  • In the case of an underaged applicant, your application will be accepted once you have provided a guardian's consent to Hoas. An underaged person cannot apply for an apartment without a guardian's consent.
  • If you are applying for a transfer of right to occupancy based on pregnancy, student exchange or work experience, or military/civil service, your application will be accepted once you have provided the required documents to Hoas.

We will contact you if the documents are incomplete or incorrect. In such situations, you will be given a set time limit to complete your application. The application will be removed automatically when the time limit expires, if you do not complete it.

The approval of an application does not automatically guarantee an apartment from Hoas.

The submission date of the application is what matters

It matters when the application is submitted: Hoas will try to offer an apartment first to those who have waited the longest. However, please note that Hoas's primary criteria for offering apartments are homelessness and low income or assets, so the person who has waited the longest may not always be the first to receive an offer.

Video: How to apply for a student apartment 

In this video Oliver Rotko explains the application process and shows you how to fill in the Hoas housing application form. In his YouTube-channel OliverR talks about education and early career development in Finland.