Who can apply for a Hoas furnished apartment?

The service has been developed in close cooperation with universities and universities of applied sciences in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

You may apply for a furnished apartment if you are attending one of the schools on the list as exchange student or international degree student. And your place of study is in the metropolitan area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen), Kerava, or Järvenpää.

Students of University of Helsinki please see here for more information about applying.

On what basis are the apartments rented?

Hoas always trys to find every applicant a housing solution that supports their studies. The date of application submission matters. The main criteria for Hoas in providing exchange student apartments are the information received from the schools in Finland.

Furnished apartments for exchange students

Hoas provides exchange students with four different furnished apartment types: room in a shared apartment, shared room in a shared apartment, studio and shared studio. Hoas wishes to provide each exchange student with a housing option that suits their needs for the whole duration of their stay.


We have housing in several metropolitan districts and near the schools. In this section, the different Hoas furnished apartment types are presented. Please note that only certain Hoas housing locations have furnished apartments available and all apartment types cannot be found in all our locations. The furnished Hoas apartments are non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

Furnished apartments for international degree students

Hoas provides international degree students with two different furnished apartment types: room in a shared apartment and studio. Hoas wishes to provide each international degree student with a housing option that suits their needs for the beginning of their studies in Finland.

We have housing in several metropolitan districts and near the schools. In this section, the different Hoas furnished apartment types are presented. Please note that only certain Hoas housing locations have furnished apartments available and all apartment types cannot be found in all our locations. The furnished Hoas apartments are non-smoking and pets are not allowed.

Master`s degree students of University of Helsinki please see here instructions for applying.

What is included in the rent?

The rent in Hoas's furnished exchange student apartments includes always water, electricity, furnishings and more extensive maintenance. Additional free services are HOASnet, laundry room, sauna slots, common tenant facilities and storage spaces (in almost all properties).

Obstruction-free apartments

Many of Hoas's newest properties are built free of obstructions. Hoas's property in Lauttasaari, Helsinki (Haahkakuja 5) includes a housing unit for handicapped young people, managed by Vamlas.

Shared living

It is possible to influence the choice of roommates during the time of application! Furnished shared room in a shared apartment and shared studio apartment are well suited for a pair of exchange students arriving together in Finland for their exchange.

Please note that it is only possible to apply a shared room in a shared apartment or a shared studio apartment with Matchie/ roommate code. Rooms in a shared apartments are offered to single applicants applying alone.

How do I apply for a Hoas apartment?

You can submit your application right after the application period start date: for autumn 1st of April and for spring 1st of October (12:00 at noon). You can apply for an furnished apartment even before your studies in Finland are confirmed.

For students of University of Helsinki please see instructions here.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once we have received your application, you will get an automatic email message confirming the receipt of your application. Your application will be placed on hold until Hoas has checked your study details using the approved exchange student list sent by your place of study in Finland. Hoas cannot reply to any queries regarding applications before we have received the information.

Changing information on the application

In case you wish to edit your application, you can make changes to your information by contacting our exchange student services. The exchange student application is valid for the entire application period, and there is no need to update it.

When will I receive an offer?

We make offers for the exchange student apartments twice a year. Housing offers for international degree students are made once a year. For autumn, we make offers in June-July, and for spring in November-December. Unfortunately we cannot give an exact estimate of when we can send offers to applicants. Hoas will send the apartment offer to electronical signature service and the applicant will receive a link to the housing offer to their email.

Accepting an apartment offer

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. The tenancy agreement will be binding for both parties once the applicant has provided all required documents and the lessor has approved them. Once the fixed term tenancy agreement has been confirmed, it cannot be cancelled nor terminated.

It is possible that you will receive a housing offer before your acceptance from your school. In this case you should confirm your housing offer as due to the large number of applicants, Hoas is able to make only one housing offer.

Paying the deposit

When an exchange student agrees to rent a Hoas apartment, a deposit must be paid and a proof of payment delivered to Hoas. The deposit is not for paying the rent but rather a guarantee for Hoas and deposit will be returned to the tenant after the end of the tenancy agreement if all the terms for returning the deposit are met.

Refusing an apartment offer

If you are not going to accept our offer, please reject it by using the cancellation form without delay to speed up the process for other applicants. You can refuse the apartment offer by cancellation form. If you refuse an offered apartment, your application will be automatically removed.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to the most common questions about applying for Hoas furnished housing.