The student housing is offered by independent, non-profit student housing companies. They offer accommodation in different parts of the city but no on-campus dormitories are available.
As an exchange student you can apply for housing as soon as you have received the official Letter of Acceptance from the University of Eastern Finland but no sooner than three months before your arrival.
If you are a non-EU citizen and coming for the Master’s degree, you should take into consideration that you will be able to arrive only after you have received the residence permit.
Student Accommodation in Joensuu
Student Housing Company Joensuun Elli
tel. +358 (0)13 223 300
fax +358 (0)13 223 301
Accommodation in Joensuu for both international and Finnish students is offered by Joensuun Elli (opens in a new tab), an independent Student Housing Company. Joensuun Elli has several housing units located in different parts of Joensuu and provides housing for more than 3000 students. Most students live in a shared flat where they have a private room and they share kitchen, bathroom, and toilet with 1-2 other students. Exchange students are usually accommodated in a furnished room with a bed and a mattress, a desk, a chair and a wardrobe. There are no curtains, rugs, linen, dishes, cutlery, etc. in the flats. The Student Union rents survival packages to cover the basic needs. Both Finnish and international degree and post-graduate students are normally accommodated in a room without furniture (only wardrobe). Students arriving with their family (i.e. spouse and/or children) may apply for a family flat.
Rent for a room in a shared flat is about 150-270 euros/month. Rent includes electricity, heating and water. Tenants who have a furnished room need to pay an additional fee of 17 euros/month for the furniture. In most flats there is a possibility to have the ElliNet internet connection for 20 euros/month. There are no computers in the flats, and in order to be able to use the internet connection, tenants may have to buy a suitable adapter for their personal computer. There is a free laundry room and a public sauna in every housing unit. Private sauna or a parking space for car can be reserved for an extra fee. There are no meals or cleaning service available.
How to apply for housing (opens in a new tab) with Joensuun Elli.
As soon as the applicant receives an offer of accommodation, he or she should reply whether he or she accepts or refuses the offered accommodation. This acceptance is legally binding and will be considered as a signature on the lease. Rent must be paid from the confirmed date onwards. Unconfirmed reservations will automatically be cancelled and the applicant will lose the accommodation offered.
A tenant’s lease begins always on the first day of the month and it can be made for full months only, ending on the last day of the month. This means that the tenant has to pay the rent for a whole month even if he or she does not need the apartment for the entire period. When the tenant signs the lease, he or she will get a key to the apartment if the lease has already begun. The key must be collected from Joensuun Elli’s office during their office hours.
For further information about apartments, their location, applying, etc., see the Joensuun Elli website (opens in a new tab).
You may need to find temporary accommodation if you arrive in Joensuu before your room is vacant. There are several hotels and hostels in the centre of Joensuu – here are a few examples:
- GreenStar (opens in a new tab) Torikatu 16, tel. +358 10 423 9392
- Apartamentos Joensuu (opens in a new tab) Torikatu 47, tel. +358 (0)13 224886, fax +358 (0)13 123344
- Scouts’ Youth Hostel (opens in a new tab) Vanamokatu 25, tel. +358 (0)13 123381
Student accommodation in Kuopio
Kuopas (Kuopio Student Housing Company) builds and maintains student housing in Kuopio. More than 3000 students and their families live in Kuopas housing and most of our international students live with Kuopas.
Kuopio Student Housing Company
tel. +358 (0) 17 264 0700
fax +358 (0) 17 264 0755
Kuopas website (opens in a new tab)
Most international students live in a shared apartment (communal apartment). Each student has got his/her own room but kitchen and bathroom is shared with 1-4 other students of the same gender.
If you are coming to Kuopio with your family you can apply for a family apartment. Family apartments’ sizes vary from two bedroom apartments to four bed bedroom apartments. Please note that family apartments are intended for families only. You cannot rent one with your friends.
Further information on Kuopas housing (opens in a new tab)
Apply for accommodation by filling out an on-line application form (opens in a new tab).
Application deadline for housing in Kuopio:
- for autumn semester (Aug-Dec)
- full academic year (Aug-May)
- spring semester (Jan-May)