Student housing providers in Tampere
Tampere Student Housing Foundation
Tampere universities do not own student dormitories nor are there any on-campus dormitories in Tampere. The main student housing providers for students is Tampere Student Housing Foundation (TOAS). TOAS offers high-quality dorm rooms at a student-friendly price including free internet and other fairly priced services (car sharing, car park, TOAS gyms).
Pirkan Opiskelija-asunnot (POAS) is a limited nonprofit company owned by the City of Tampere. The company owns over 30 housing complexes around the city. The flats are rented to students at the schools in Tampere and the Pirkanmaa region, as well as to working people under 30 years of age.
Please visit POAS website for more information on their services
Other rental companies in Tampere
Private sector accommodation
Available housing is advertised online in newspapers and through agents. Finding housing can be time-consuming, as advertisements are often in Finnish.
The minimum rental period is usually 12 months for a private market apartment. This means that you are not allowed to terminate the rental agreement during the first year.
Rental apartments are almost always unfurnished, and in order to rent an apartment a deposit (equivalent to 1–3 months of rent) is usually required. The deposit is returned when you leave the apartment, providing that you have paid the rent and kept the apartment in good condition.
We recommend that you always make a written rental contract with the landlord, and when renting an apartment from a private person you should not pay rents in advance before seeing the apartment first.
In the Tampere region, rental prices in the private sector are typically twice as high as in the student housing providers' prices. In addition to the monthly rent, there are other monthly costs which you should keep in mind when budgeting for accommodation (e.g. electricity, water fee, home insurance, internet connection).
More information on housing in Finland, useful tips as well as housing rules and regulations is available at Living in Finland.