Where do I find accommodation?
VOAS (Vaasa Student Housing Foundation)
During the past few years, the VOAS (The Vaasa Student Housing Foundation) has been able to offer accommodation to almost all first year students. VOAS provides accommodation for approximately 3 700 students.
Student accommodation facilities are situated in various parts of the city, generally in the form of terraced houses or blocks of flats. The rent for a room in a student flat varies approximately from 200 euros to 350 euros per month depending on size and location.
Rent for family accommodation varies from 300 euros to 450 euros per month. The deposit for a shared student flat is 170 euros and for family accommodation 300–400 euros. Please note that VOAS is a private company and not part of the University of Vaasa.
About 50 per cent of the student accommodation is meant for students living alone (box apartments). A box apartment means that you have own room, but that you share the kitchen and also the bathroom with one to three other students of the same sex. In the VOAS real estates there are also club rooms, storage for bikes and car parking spaces with heating sockets. Laundry and sauna are in the real estate or in immediate connection to it.
In general, costs of electricity and internet are included in the rent. In case electricity is not included in the rent, it is mentioned in the presentation of the dwelling. A separate furniture fee is collected for furnished rooms, the cost varies from 10 to 12 euros, and the tenants will be charged 12/euros/room/month for water.
You may also want to search for an apartment from the private market. There are quite a lot of apartments available, but naturally the price may vary a lot.
Here are some suggestions on searching for an apartment from the private market:
- The City of Vaasa website has a list of private companies renting apartments in Vaasa. The list is in Finnish, but you can see the contact information of the companies and direct links to their websites.
- One of the companies renting apartments in Vaasa is Pikipruukki. Studio and 2-room apartments may be quite hard to get, but a good solution is to apply for a bigger apartment (e.g. 3 rooms and a kitchen) with a couple of friends.
- You may also check the online portal Vuokraovi.com. You can search apartments available at the moment in Vaasa by typing 'Vaasa' in the location box.
- The Student Union has a Marketplace on their website, where you may find a student who would be interested in renting his/her apartment
How can I apply for an apartment?
Students are expected to contact VOAS directly to apply for an apartment. The electronic application form and information on apartments is available at VOAS website. The electronic application form has to be returned to VOAS by 31 July (autumn semester) and 31 October (spring semester). However, we recommend that you apply for apartment as soon as possible.
You will receive an offer from VOAS about the accommodation and you have to confirm that you will accept the offer by paying the deposit by the deadline mentioned on the offer. Note also that you have to pay the rent starting from the date that you have verified in your reservation even if you would be arriving after that date. Usually the tenancy begins from the beginning of the month.
Please note that you are not allowed to terminate your lease if going away for the summer and returning again for the autumn.
The contact information of the VOAS office is:
Olympiakatu 3 B
Fax: + 358 (0) 6 327 6538