Students apply for housing themselves. Remember to start applying for housing in time! When applying for housing you should read your e-mail daily in order to be able to confirm the accommodation offer in time. If you fail to confirm the accommodation offer in time, your housing offer will be cancelled.
Below we have listed some possible options:
Student Village Foundation – TYS
Housing for exchange students is offered in single or shared apartments. All rooms are single rooms. Most exchange students live in shared apartments since there are not enough single apartments. All apartments have bathrooms and access to kitchen facilities.
Apply for housing on the TYS website You can submit your application for housing 3 months before arrival (1 May and 1 October respectively). The earlier you are able to send the application the better (prefereably immediately when their application open – you don’t have to be accepted by then). We will send them information about whom has been accepted. Just apply immediately when the application opens.
A housing deposit (300 euros) must be paid within a few days after confirming the housing. An admission fee of 60 euros will be included in the first rental invoice. The housing deposit will be refunded at the end of the stay. Rooms are rented for the whole term, 1.8-31.12 or 1.1-30.6. Enquiries regarding housing should be directed to email@example.com.
Rooms are rented from the first day of each month which means that the key is available for you from the first day of the rent agreement. Depending on your agreement with the Student Village Foundation you have to check with them (phone +358-2-2750200, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) that the key to your room is available.
The city of Turku rents apartments for exchange students in Luolavuori. Of these apartments 28 are reserved for Åbo Akademi University’s exchange students. The rooms are single rooms with their own WC but with shared showers and kitchen. All the apartments are furnished and the rent is 285 €/month (including water, electricity and Internet). The rental period is for the whole term.
The application for housing in autumn opens in mid-April and for spring in mid-October. After making the application you should read you e-mail daily in order to be able to confirm the accommodation offer in time. Retrodorm usually sends their housing offers around 2-4 weeks before arrival.
Other housing options (private market)
Forenom is a private agency specialising in offering temporary accommodation for shorter periods. Forenom can offer a lot of different options but the rents are also higher. Forenom is flexible with the starting and ending dates of the lease. More information: forenom.com
When finding accommodation on your own, it is important to start well in advance. Finding private accommodation may be tedious and hard work and is more expensive than traditional student housing. Be aware ot that there might be scam activity. Never transfer money without physically confirming the place. and sign the conctract upon arrival, in person. You can take a look at the following sites:
Websites in Swedish or Finnish:
We will send out information to the accepted exchange students, if information about any available rooms has come to our attention. For tips on how to sign a rental agreement and what you should consider when renting an apartment on the private market, please see for example the information provided by vuokraovi.com (The ABC of renting).
You can also take a look at the Facebook page of the International Office of Åbo Akademi University if you for example want to find a room mate or ask fellow students for tips. There are also other facebook groups dealing with accommodation in the Turku area (facebook.com/groups/TurkuStudents/, facebook.com/groups/vuokra.asunnot.turku/ and facebook.com/groups/339796732733404/ )
Temporary accommodation options in Åbo/Turku
Below please find some links to temporary accommodations options:
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