There is a lot of competition on the rental housing market in Helsinki region as lot of people are moving in, not only students but also job seekers from other parts of Finland and abroad. There is a particularly high demand for small apartments, making them pricy: the monthly rent of a studio apartment of 20 to 25 m² near the city center of Helsinki can vary between €700 and 900. This may be too much for a person with an average salary, not to speak of students.
Luckily, we have organisations that provide affordable student housing. The main housing providers for Aalto University students are HOAS – the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, and AYY – Aalto University Student Union. The monthly rent in student housing starts at approx. €250 (unfurnished room in a shared apartment).
Your admission letter package contains more information on how and when to apply for housing, so please read it carefully. The instructions may be different depending whether you are an exchange or degree (or double degree) student and which school you are accepted to.