Where you can look for housing
1) Municipal rental housing
In large cities, there are many applicants for municipal rental housing.
Housing is rented to those most in need of housing.
If you are in a hurry to get a new home, tell about your situation in your housing application and explain why you are in a hurry.
Remember to update the application!
Municipal rental housing is intended for the residents of the municipality.
For more information on municipal rental housing, visit the municipalities' own websites.
2) Other ARA- rental housing
On average, rents for ARA rental housing are slightly lower than for private rental housing. There are income limits for ARA apartments.
You can ask for ARA housing in the following places:
- Lumo.fi (some of the apartments are ARA rental apartments)
- Keva-asunnot (some of the apartments are ARA rental apartments)
- Kunta-asunnot Oy / KAS-asunnot
3) Private landlords, i.e. individuals or rental housing companies
You can call or email the landlord directly. Tell the landlord about yourself and your housing needs.
For a private landlord, it is important to find a reliable tenant who will take good care of the apartment.
Information on available private rental apartments can be found on the following platforms:
You can also search for rental properties on social media. On Facebook, for example, there are groups in different cities where people are looking to rent and find tenants.
Companies who rent apartments:
4) Housing for young people aged 17-29
Many cities also have a foundation that provides student housing. In Helsinki, student housing is rented by HOAS.
5) Supported housing
If you need supported housing for a substance abuse or mental health problem, contact the homelessness services in your municipality.
Aspa foundation's rental housing for people with disabilities and people with mental health problems.
Help with a housing search
Places where you can get advice and guidance on housing for free.
- International House of Helsinki
Lintulahdenkuja 2 D, (2nd floor), 00530 Helsinki
mon-fri 9 -16
- Kalliolan Setlementin Pasilan asukastalo
Topparikuja 2, 00520 Helsinki
ma-pe klo 9-16
- Monik ry's helpdesk
Puhos shopping center, Kastelholmantie 2 A, 00930 Helsinki, Finland
ma-pe klo 10-16
In addition to Finnish, advice is available in Somali, Dari, Pashto, Arabic and French.
- Sininauhasäätiön Kota-asumisen tukibook an appointment!
- Vailla vakinaista asuntoa ry (homelessness-related issues – book an appointment!)
Kinaporinkatu 2 D, 3. kerros, 00500 Helsinki
- Vantaa Järjestörinki
Vantaa Järjestörinki association has many advice points for immigrants. The services of the counselling centres are intended for all immigrants, regardless of their municipality of residence. The service is offered in very many different languages.
- Kansalaistoiminnan keskus Leinikki (Hiekkaharju)
Leinikkitie 22, 01350 Vantaa
- Filoksenia association
Kirkkojärventie 1, 02770 Espoo
- Information Point for Immigrants at Iso-Omena
Advice for young people (18-29-year-olds)
- Many cities have their own One-Stop Guidance Centers. Find contact details on their website.
- R3 Immigrant Youth Support Association
Vaskivuorentie 25, 2. floor, 01600 Vantaa
Advice for women (especially immigrants)
Advice on financial matters (e.g. rent debt)
- Municipal financial and debt advice
Find contact details for your local municipality's advisory service website.
Telephone helpline Monday to Friday 10am -2pm: tel. 0800 9 8009 (free of charge)
Tips for finding an apartment
- In Finland, you don't need an agent to find an apartment! You can contact landlords directly.
- Contact multiple landlords and fill in multiple rental applications for many different landlords.
- Contact a landlord as soon as you see an apartment you are interested in. In large cities, rental properties are rented out quickly.
- Search for an apartment in multiple neighbourhoods in different cities.
- Fill in the additional information field! Tell about yourself and your situation on your rental application. Who are you? Are you working or studying? Do you have a family? Do you have a pet? Do you smoke? Why are you looking for accommodation? Do you plan to live there for a long time?
- Ask a previous landlord for a reference and mention it in your rental application.
- Find a suitable apartment for yourself. Not too small, too big or too expensive!
- If you receive housing benefit from Kela, check the rent limits set by Kela.
- Check whether you need to update your application every 3-4 months.