Introduction

The Finnish rental market

Rental accommodation is not as common in Finland as it is in some other countries. People living in Finland, more often than not, purchase their property rather than rent it.

Introduction

Rental accommodation is not as common in Finland as it is in some other countries. People living in Finland, more often than not, purchase their property rather than rent it.

This makes the search for rental accommodation in Finland all the more difficult. Places to rent are hard to find in Helsinki and other major Finnish cities, let alone in quieter, more remote parts of the country.

Out of the rental accommodation that is available in Finland, the majority of it is owned by private landlords, often within buildings owned by estate agents. Such accommodation is most likely to be in the form of an apartment, as houses for rent in Finland are extremely rare.

The other kind of rental accommodation in Finland is housing subsidised by the state. However this option is very scarcely available to expatriates and generally involves joining a horrendously long waiting list.

Moreover the vast majority of rental accommodation is rented unfurnished. No carpets, no curtains, no light fittings. Do not completely despair though, as most places do come with a fitted kitchen with an oven and a refrigerator.

Due to the cold Finnish winters and high costs for heating, apartments for rent in Finland tend to be fairly small. The accommodation is generally very well insulated to protect tenants from the cold climate, though the dimensions of Finland’s apartments may not be best suited to you if you are bringing a large family.

Where do I find rental accommodation in Finland?

Due to the limited amount of rental accommodation actually available in Finland, there are generally not too many places that can help you with your search.

If you are coming to work in Finland, it is definitely worth checking with your employer to see if they can help you with finding accommodation on a temporary basis at least. Many companies in Finland own apartments specifically for this purpose, some of which are even available on a long-term basis too. If you cannot get anything through your employer you should switch your attention to the free market.

Finnish newspapers often have listings of rental accommodation in their Sunday edition, though these lists tend not to be very comprehensive.

The Internet is becoming an increasingly popular place to advertise, though the amount of properties available to rent online in Finland is still far outweighed by places for sale.

Estate agents often have a decent database of places to rent. You can even assign the agency to find a suitable apartment for you; however this naturally comes with a service fee.

It is also worth trying your local municipality for the latest information on rental accommodation as they tend to keep directories specifically for this purpose.

Otherwise you should ask your friends, colleagues, neighbours and other contacts you have in the country. A lot of deals begin by word of mouth rather than by responding to an advert. Even if the person you are speaking to cannot help you directly, they may know somebody who can.

Student accommodation in Finland

Although there is some degree of difficulty in finding rental accommodation in Finland, the good news for students is that there is a website dedicated to helping them with their search.

If you are moving to Finland to study you should have a look through the Opiskelija-asunto website  – available in English, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese and Russian – which provides plenty of information regarding accommodation options for students.

Rental accommodation is not as common in Finland as it is in some other countries. People living in Finland, more often than not, purchase their property rather than rent it.

This makes the search for rental accommodation in Finland all the more difficult. Places to rent are hard to find in Helsinki and other major Finnish cities, let alone in quieter, more remote parts of the country.

Out of the rental accommodation that is available in Finland, the majority of it is owned by private landlords, often within buildings owned by estate agents. Such accommodation is most likely to be in the form of an apartment, as houses for rent in Finland are extremely rare.

The other kind of rental accommodation in Finland is housing subsidised by the state. However this option is very scarcely available to expatriates and generally involves joining a horrendously long waiting list.

Moreover the vast majority of rental accommodation is rented unfurnished. No carpets, no curtains, no light fittings. Do not completely despair though, as most places do come with a fitted kitchen with an oven and a refrigerator.

Due to the cold Finnish winters and high costs for heating, apartments for rent in Finland tend to be fairly small. The accommodation is generally very well insulated to protect tenants from the cold climate, though the dimensions of Finland’s apartments may not be best suited to you if you are bringing a large family.

Where do I find rental accommodation in Finland?

Due to the limited amount of rental accommodation actually available in Finland, there are generally not too many places that can help you with your search.

If you are coming to work in Finland, it is definitely worth checking with your employer to see if they can help you with finding accommodation on a temporary basis at least. Many companies in Finland own apartments specifically for this purpose, some of which are even available on a long-term basis too. If you cannot get anything through your employer you should switch your attention to the free market.

Finnish newspapers often have listings of rental accommodation in their Sunday edition, though these lists tend not to be very comprehensive.

The Internet is becoming an increasingly popular place to advertise, though the amount of properties available to rent online in Finland is still far outweighed by places for sale.

Estate agents often have a decent database of places to rent. You can even assign the agency to find a suitable apartment for you; however this naturally comes with a service fee.

It is also worth trying your local municipality for the latest information on rental accommodation as they tend to keep directories specifically for this purpose.

Otherwise you should ask your friends, colleagues, neighbours and other contacts you have in the country. A lot of deals begin by word of mouth rather than by responding to an advert. Even if the person you are speaking to cannot help you directly, they may know somebody who can.

Student accommodation in Finland

Although there is some degree of difficulty in finding rental accommodation in Finland, the good news for students is that there is a website dedicated to helping them with their search.

If you are moving to Finland to study you should have a look through the Opiskelija-asunto website  – available in English, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese and Russian – which provides plenty of information regarding accommodation options for students.

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