Housing for international students
Laurea operates in the Greater Helsinki Region, in the cities of Espoo (Leppävaara and Otaniemi units), Vantaa (Tikkurila unit), Kerava, Hyvinkää, Lohja and Porvoo.
Laurea does not have its own student dormitories or other housing for students. Student accommodation is available with student housing associations and companies close to most Laurea local units. Read about the different accommodation options for students studying in different Laurea units.
Helsinki Metropolitan Area
International exchange students coming to study at Laurea units in the city of Espoo (Laurea Leppävaara and Laurea Otaniemi), city of Vantaa (Laurea Tikkurila) and city of Kerava (Laurea Kerava) can apply for accommodation from HOAS and different sources from the private markets.
International degree students coming to study at Laurea's Kerava unit cannot apply for housing from HOAS.
Please notice that the apartment situation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area is extremely difficult and thus it is important to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible and preferably from several different sources! When you receive a housing offer, we strongly advice you to take it.
Student accommodation for international students at Laurea Hyvinkää unit is offered by Hyvinkään vuokra-asunnot Oy. Laurea Hyvinkää will reserve the accommodation for all their exchange students according to the exchange period. For more information please go to http://www.laurea.fi/en/hyvinkaa/exchange/exchange_students/accommodation/Pages/default.aspx.
Exchange students will have rooms in a student dormitory. Students will share the apartment with one or two other students. Each student will have his/her own room and the kitchen and bathroom will be shared. Laurea Lohja will reserve the accommodation for all their exchange students according to the exchange period.
Information on accommodation at Laurea Porvoo can be obtained from the international coordinator.
If you do not have an apartment before arriving in Finland
Be sure to make a reservation for a hostel early enough! The hostels are often fully booked especially in early September. You can search for a hostel at http://www.hostellit.fi/?lang=EN. Or you can try e.g. CheapSleep hostel at www.cheapsleep.fi. You can also try couch-surfing, a volunteer-based network for accommodation, http://www.couchsurfing.org/.
We strongly advice not to rely on finding an apartment after arrival to Finland!