The student housing is offered by independent, non-profit student housing companies, that are not part of the University of Eastern Finland. 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. You don’t need to send the housing company your formal letter of acceptance, just your application.
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)13 337 7800
Check the website for opening hours
Accommodation in Joensuu for both international and Finnish students is offered by Joensuun Elli (opens in a new tab), an independent Student Housing Company that provides housing for more than 3000 students. Joensuun Elli has several housing units located in different parts of Joensuu and they are situated within 0.5–7 km from the Joensuu campus. Most students live in a shared flat where they have a private room and they share kitchen, bathroom, and toilet with 1-4 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 two-bedroom family flat. Please note that you can apply a family apartment also with a friend or a relative.
Rent for a room in a shared flat is about 190-300 euros/month. Rent includes electricity, heating and water. Tenants who have a furnished room need to pay a reasonable additional fee for the furniture. In all 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. Note that the internet will not be available right away. (There are also other possibilities, for example, a mobile broadband modem that you can purchase from a tele-communications company and is usually a cheaper alternative.). 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. Fill out the application carefully. Please note that if your staying requires the Resident Permit, you will get an offer only after receiving it.
As soon as the applicant receives an offer of accommodation by email, he or she should reply whether he or she accepts or refuses the offered accommodation. Usually you will receive a housing offer about one month before your planned arrival. Acceptance of offered accommodation 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 and the application will no longer be valid.
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.
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:
Student accommodation in Kuopio
Kuopio Student Housing Company
tel. +358 (0) 17 264 0700
Check the website for opening hours
Kuopas (Kuopio Student Housing Company) is a public company owned by the City of Kuopio that 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. Kuopas has 30 apartment buildings around Kuopio and they are situated within 0.5–8 km from the campus.
The rent of shared student apartments includes internet, water, heating and free laundry, but it does not include utility bills, such as electricity and parking. Common sauna session (women and men separately) is free once a week. If you prefer to go to sauna by yourself, you can reserve a sauna term for yourself (1 hour/week, always at the same time). There is a free Internet connection (10Mbit) in every Kuopas apartment. You can upgrade it if you need a faster connection, but they will charge you for it. All furnished shared apartments have a modem.
Most international students live in shared and furnished apartments (communal apartments). 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 three-bedroom apartments. Family apartments are mainly for families, but sometimes if they are free, it might be possible to rent them amongst 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). You can apply for housing as soon as you have received the official Certificate of Admission from the University of Eastern Finland. You don’t need to send Kuopas your formal letter of acceptance, just your online application. Fill out the application carefully and send. Keep checking your email regularly, because Kuopas will send you a proposal for tenancy agreement on a room or an apartment by email. Usually you will receive this proposal about one month before your planned arrival. You also have to pay a deposit.
Application deadline for housing in Kuopio:
- for autumn semester (Aug-Dec)
- full academic year (Aug-May)
- spring semester (Jan-May)
You can apply at other times as well, but accommodation cannot be guaranteed if you miss the deadlines above. Please also note that in the beginning of the autumn semester you have to pay rent starting from 1 August even if you come later (for example in September). This is because there is a lack of student apartments in Kuopio in the autumn and Kuopas cannot keep apartments empty during August.
Please also note that the tenancy agreement always begins at the beginning of a calendar month and it finishes at the end of a calendar month. For example, if you wish to arrive at the very end of the month, you should be prepared to pay rent for the whole month.
You may need to find temporary accommodation if you arrive in Kuopio before your room is vacant. There are several hotels and hostels in the centre of Kuopio. You can find them in the internet.