Accommodation for exchange students

How to apply

Exchange students are advised to apply for accommodation as part of the Mobility-Online application no later than   

  • 15 May for the autumn semester / academic year
  • 1 November for the spring semester

There is no need to fill in any additional applications for student housing on the website of the university or on the websites of KOAS or Kortepohja. Accommodation will be reserved for ISEP students by the University.

Visiting students coming outside all exchange programmes and agreements should apply for accommodation using an application for accommodation available on the website of the International Office.

Housing providers

Student housing in Jyväskylä is offered by

Rental period

The University of Jyväskylä has reserved a quota of furnished study-bedrooms for exchange and visiting students from the Central Finland Student Housing Foundation, KOAS and Kortepohja Student Village. Exchange and visiting students placed in the student apartments within the quota at KOAS are required to sign a tenancy agreement for a fixed term as follows:

  • 1 August – 31 December or
  • 1 August – 31 May or
  • 1 January – 31 May.

The apartments in Kortepohja Student Village are not available in August and can be rented for the following fixed-term periods:

  • 1 September – 31 December or
  • 1 September – 31 May or
  • 1 January – 31 May.

A majority of students who have received and accepted a housing offer from Kortepohja will be able to move in already on 28 August (the recommended arrival date), but unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed for everyone. Your move in date will be stated in the housing offer.

The fixed-term tenancy agreements cannot be terminated within the tenancy period.

You can move in a student apartment on the first working day of the month.

Apartments on offer

The apartments are single study-bedrooms with a shared kitchen/kitchenette and bathroom. All the apartments in the housing quota are furnished. There is an Internet connection in each apartment. Laundry facilities, saunas and common rooms are available in the buildings.

The apartments are gender neutral. In other words, you can be placed in an apartment with the opposite sex. However, each student has his/her own room. If you do not wish to be placed in the same apartment with the opposite sex, please mention this in the application for accommodation.

Availability of the apartments

Unfortunately, the University of Jyväskylä is not able to guarantee student housing for all students who start their studies at the beginning of the autumn semester. If you are beginning your studies in the autumn, we recommend you apply for a room starting from 1 August (KOAS only), instead of 1 September (Kortepohja only). This increases your chances of getting a place to stay as those applying for an apartment from KOAS from 1 August will be given priority as opposed to students who apply for an apartment from 1 September onwards. Please note however that the apartments in Kortepohja are available only from 1 September onwards. Also, the earlier you apply, the better your chances are.

All students coming for the spring semester (1 January - 31 May) will be able to get a room from KOAS or Kortepohja. If you are able to choose the timing of your exchange period, we highly recommend you consider coming to the University of Jyväskylä for the spring semester.

The requests you have made in the application for accommodation will be taken into consideration but cannot be guaranteed.

If student housing cannot be offered to you, you are advised to see the section Looking for an apartment on your own.

Monthly rent and deposit

The price for a furnished single study-bedroom with a shared kitchen and bathroom varies approximately from 210 € to 330 € per month.

A deposit of 250 € for KOAS and 300 € for Kortepohja must be paid to the accommodation office's bank account in order to confirm the housing offer.

Kortepohja Student Village

Kortepohja Student Village is owned by the Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä. Kortepohja, located about 2.5 kilometres from the main campus and city centre, houses approximately 1900 students. All Kortepohja apartments have an Internet connection. Laundry facilities, saunas and meeting rooms are available in the buildings. The rent for a single study-bedroom with a shared kitchen/kitchenette and bathroom ranges approximately from 235 € to 310 € per month (+ furniture fee 16 - 19 €). Please see the Kortepohja website for more detailed information. All students living in Kortepohja are required to join the Student Union by paying the Student Union membership fee (130.50 €/academic year 2017-2018, 75 €/autumn semester 2017, 77 €/spring semester 2018 (doctoral students: 66 €/academic year 2017-2018, 44 €/autumn semester 2017, 44 €/spring semester 2018)).

Exchange and visiting students who have reserved a room from the University of Jyväskylä housing quota are accommodated in furnished rooms which also include basic domestic items, e.g. blanket, pillow, bed linen and basic kitchenware. Rooms reserved outside the housing quota are unfurnished. If you get an unfurnished room, you can furnish it with basic furniture available in the storage rooms.

If the Kortepohja accommodation office is able to place you in a student apartment, an offer for a study-bedroom with a shared kitchen/kitchenette and bathroom will be sent by e-mail approximately 1-2.5 months before the accommodation is needed. If you are placed on a waiting list, a room may be offered to you at a later stage. The housing offer should be confirmed or refused within the time mentioned in the offer. In order to confirm the housing offer, a deposit of 300 € must be paid to Kortepohja's bank account. The payment details and instructions will be sent to the applicant by e-mail. Unconfirmed reservations will be cancelled automatically and the room offered to another applicant. The confirmation is legally binding. Please note that credit card or check payments are not accepted. The payment should be made without charges to the beneficiary. The deposit will be refunded if no damage or loss is detected in the apartment after your departure.

The Accommodation Office of the Student Village is at Vehkakuja 2 B.

For pictures of the apartments please visit the webpage of Kortepohja: https://www.kortepohja.fi/en/

Central Finland Student Housing Foundation, KOAS

KOAS offers apartments all around the Jyväskylä town area for ca. 4000 students. Laundry rooms, saunas and store rooms, as well as hobby rooms, are available in the buildings. All KOAS apartments have an Internet connection. The price for a furnished single study-bedroom with a shared kitchen and bathroom varies approximately from 210 € to 300 € per month. Please see the KOAS website for more detailed information. Photos of the KOAS apartments can be found on Facebook.

Exchange and visiting students who have reserved a room from the University of Jyväskylä housing quota are accommodated in furnished rooms located in Myllyjärvi, Roninmäki, Kuokkala and Ristonmaa. Rooms reserved outside the housing quota are unfurnished. The apartments do not include blankets, pillows, linen or kitchenware. Exchange and visiting students who live outside Kortepohja Student Village can borrow basic domestics items, so called “survival kits”, against a partly refundable deposit, from the Kortepohja Student Village office. >> More information on survival kits

If the KOAS accommodation office is able to place you in a student apartment, an offer for a study-bedroom with a shared kitchen and bathroom will be sent by e-mail approximately 1-2.5 months before the accommodation is needed. If you are placed on a waiting list, a room may be offered to you at a later stage. The housing offer should be confirmed or refused within the time mentioned in the offer. In order to confirm the housing offer, a deposit of 250 € must be paid to KOAS’s bank account. Payment details and instructions will be sent to the applicant by e-mail. Unconfirmed reservations will be cancelled automatically and the room offered to another applicant. The confirmation is legally binding. Please note that credit card or check payments are not accepted. The payment should be made without charges to the beneficiary. The deposit will be refunded if no damage or loss is detected in the apartment after your departure.

The KOAS Accommodation Office is located at Kauppakatu 11 A, 2nd floor.

Looking for an apartment on your own

We encourage you to be active yourself in your apartment search if you are starting your studies in the autumn.

Apartment Forum of the Student Union

If you are looking for an apartment on your own, you may find the Apartment Forum of the Student Union useful. You may browse the apartments for rent ads or leave your own ad. You may find Google Translate or similar programmes useful since most of the ads are in Finnish.

Other housing providers

There are several private rental housing agencys which operate in Jyväskylä. Please notice that the services of these private agencies are usually subject to a fee. Most of the websites listed below are in Finnish and you may therefore find Google Translate or similar programmes useful when browsing the adds.

Useful information on renting an apartment can be found on the website of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.

Home insurance

All Student Union members living in Kortepohja Student village have a basic home insurance through the Student Union. This insurance covers the personal property of all Student village tenants with certain limitations.

Students living in a KOAS apartment or elsewhere are advised to check from their insurance broker in their home country, whether their home insurance is valid also during their stay in Finland. If not, you are strongly advised to take a home insurance from Finland or a travel insurance which covers all personal belongings.

Temporary accommodation

The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä offers temporary accommodation for students who do not have an apartment at the beginning of their studies. The temporary accommodation is arranged between 21 August and  17 September 2017 at Forenom Apartments inJyväskylä.  The accommodation is in shared apartments of at least two people and the price is 25€/night/person. The temporary accommodation must be booked in advance by contacting the Student Union at sopo-asiantuntija(a)jyy.fi, tel. +358 50 3070540. The bookings can only be done in series mentioned above (Mon.-Wed., Wed.-Fri., Fri.-Sun.) Student can also book a bed for several series at time  if he/she knows that the need for accommodation is longer. e.g. from Monday until the next week’s Wednesday. The Student Union cannot guarantee temporary accommodation for all students as only limited space is available. For more information, please see the Student Union website.