Exchange Students

Turku 

Please notice: When applying to University of Turku please fill the exchange student application first and after that the housing application.

Finding a place to stay during your exchange period in Turku will require independent effort from you. It is your responsibility to arrange accommodation for yourself. NB! University of Turku cannot guarantee or arrange housing for students. 

The International Office has, however, negotiated with some companies in order to provide housing options for you. We strongly recommend that you are in contact with the companies as soon as possible

These are the options that we recommend to you:

Turku Student Village Foundation (TYS)

TYS has about 150 apartments and shared apartments reserved for the exchange students of the University of Turku. All the apartments are furnished and the rent stars from 299,75 € / month (including water, electricity and internet). The rental period is fixed and it will be one of the following:

  • Autumn Semester: Beginning of August – end of December
  • Spring Semester: Beginning of January – end of May
  • Academic Year: Beginning of August – end of May

You should apply for housing at least six weeks before the lease begins. For the Spring Semester the application period starts later than usual due to TYS's IT maintenance. Please see their website! You should read your e-mail daily in order to be able to confirm the accommodation offer in time. You can see options for exchange students at TYS's website.
 
Please see more information about the apartments and application process at https://www.tys.fi/en/exchange-students/

Retrodorm

The city of Turku rents apartments for exchange students of University of Turku in a region called Luolavuori.

  • There are 98 small single room apartments with shared showers and kitchen area.
  • All apartments are furnished and the rent is 285 €  /month (including water, electricity and internet).
  • After submitting the application you should read your e-mail daily in order to be able to confirm the accommodation offer in time.
  • More information about the Retrodorm housing and for the application form please visit www.retrodorm.fi.

University of Turku is a partner of Housing Anywhere, an international student housing platform. Students who come from abroad to Turku can find & book a student room on HousingAnywhere's platform. 

The rooms on this platform are offered by our students that go abroad for an exchange semester or an internship. You can also find listings from trusted landlords and housing operators. Using the platform is free, but an administrative fee will be charged as a part of HousingAnywhere’s secure booking system when you make a booking. 

All students from University of Turku have priority access to all listings available on the platform.

Apartment from general rental markets

Finding housing for a short period of time from the general rental markets in Turku is difficult especially during August and September. Unfortunately, renting out an apartment for an exchange student is not lucrative option for the apartment owners as the rental period is short. Normally the rental agreements are done for a fixed period of a year and earlier resignation requires a penalty fee to be paid by the tenant.
 
You can take a look for rental apartments for example from following web-pages. Unfortunately, they do not have information in English: . 

Other options

If you have not found an apartment from options above, you should take a look at the following options. 
 
Hostels

The Bridgettine Sisters Student Hostel (only for female students)

Airbnb Turku

Groups in Facebook

www.facebook.com/groups/TurkuStudents - International students looking for apartments in Turku
www.facebook.com/groups/339796732733404 - group named "Turun omatoiminen asuntovälitys" for renting apartments/rooms or looking for roommates in Turku.
 
Intranet Bulletin Board

After your arrival to Turku, after you have picked up your useraname and password, you get an access to UTU Intranet. There is a Bulletin Board, where staff memebers and students can post available appartments or rooms to rent. 

Pori

Housing in Pori please check: http://www.ucpori.fi/en/accommodation

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