Table of contents
Accommodation in Kemi and Tornio
Accommodation in Rovaniemi
DAS contact information
General Information on Accommodation
Rights and responsibilities of tenants
Rights and responsibilities of land-lords
Living in rental apartment
Notice of moving
When you move out
Lapland University of Applied Sciences does not have dormitories in Kemi and Tornio, the apartments has to be rented by private sector.
Exchange students apply the accommodation in Kemi or Tornio by filling in the application for accommodation in Kemi-Tornio. The form has to be attached to the SoleMOVE application.
Study coordinator, accommodation officer
It is highly recommended to
arrange accommodation before arriving to Finland. The student housing
fills up quickly at the beginning of each semester. Therefore it is very
important to be on time with your accommodation application. Keep in
mind that staying at a hotel is expensive in Finland.
Domus Arctica-säätiö (DAS) is a Student Housing Foundation that
offers accommodation in the city of Rovaniemi for Finnish and foreign
students. DAS apartment buildings are situated in four different parts
of the city, at approximately of 3,5 kilometer radius from premises of
Lapland UAS. The areas are called Kuntotie, Asemarinne,
Rantavitikka and Anninportti. You can find more information about DAS accommodation and
the housing areas at www.das.fi
All foreign and Finnish students can apply for accommodation in DAS
apartments continuously. Majority of these apartments are not furnished.
The applications are handled in “first come, first served” basis so it
is highly important to apply as soon as possible. Firstyear students
always have priority in August and September. Please remember that in
autumn DAS receives many more applications than there are apartments
There are three types of apartments to choose from: studios, family apartments and shared apartments.
DAS has furnished apartments which are reserved for exchange
students in the Kuntotie area. In shared apartments you either have a single bedroom or share a
double bedroom with another person. You share the kitchen, bathroom and
toilet with apartment’s other residents that are the same gender as you.
The prices vary depending on the area and the type of flat. For
example, in Kuntotie rent varies from approx. 87 €-320€/ month/ person. Keep in
mind that you will have to pay also utility fee (water and electricity)
of 20 € and possibly monthly furniture payment which varies.
In the furnished apartments the rooms contain basic furniture: a bed,
mattress, desk, ceiling lamp, wardrobe and chair. The kitchen contains a
kitchen table, chairs, an oven/stove and fridge/freezer. Please note
that there are no dishes, cleaning equipment, cutlery, cooking utensils,
curtains, pillows, blankets, sheets or towels in the rooms.
Application for housing has to be in the DAS office at the latest on
25 June for the autumn semester, submitted directly to DAS office by
using their online application form. The spring semester deadline is at
the latest of November. Please keep in mind that sometimes it is
impossible to get housing option you wanted and you might be offered a
different kind of option.
The applications are stored in the order of arrival. Only the date
matters, the time of day is not relevant. The apartments are assigned
according to the waiting list. There is shorter waiting list for the
shared apartments; you might have to wait a one year to get a studio. Be
prepared to answer within deadline when you get an offer of an
Domus Arctica -säätiö
Ylikorvantie 28 A
FI–96300 Rovaniemi, Finland
Open on weekdays 9.00 - 15.00 and the first and last working day of every month 8.00 - 16.00
Internet: www.das.fi (online application)
Please note that these 0207-starting phone
numbers are chargeable:
Tel. +358 20 7699 180
Fax +358 20 7699 188
phone 8,21 snt/call + 6,9 snt/min
mobile 8,21 snt/call + 14,9 snt/min
For all issues related to DAS accommodation, please contact DAS customer service directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also possible to look for an apartment from the city of
Rovaniemi, estate agencies or the private sector. Usually the apartments
are unfurnished. It is possible to get low price furniture from
Private apartments rent vary depending on the condition of the
apartment and the area nearby. Apartments are usually more expensive in
the city centre and in the Viirinkangas-Rantavitikka area than, e.g in
Ounasrinne or Korkalovaara. It is also possible to rent an apartment
together with friend or friends. For more information, please check www.vuokraovi.com, VVO & Lumo and www.kas.fi.
You can also rent an apartment from a private owner. The rent for a single room (studio) apartment is approximately 300– 400 €/ month and for two rooms + kitchen 350–500 €/month. Usually you are requested to pay a deposit of 1–3 months’ rent.
Please note that every tenant must sign a tenancy agreement with the landlord. Only one person can live in an apartment per tenancy agreement. The tenant has no right to let people who are not mentioned in the tenancy agreement live in the flat without the landlord’s (for example DAS) permission. Your friends are not allowed to live in your apartment. You will lose your tenancy agreement and the right to live in your apartment if you do not follow the tenancy agreement. In case of questions, always contact the housing office.
If you have not agreed with your student-tutor about your arrival at the dormitory, it is important to make arrangements to get the keys to your accommodation! Be sure to contact your landlord well in advance so he/she knows when you will come to pick up keys. If you are going to DAS accommodation, see the opening hours of the DAS housing office to get your keys. Also remember to have all the necessary documents with you.
Depending on the furniture and other furnishings in the dormitories, it may be a good idea to take a sleeping bag with you. The first days can be quite busy, and it may take a day or two before you have time to go shopping. There are some second-hand shops in Rovaniemi where you can buy dishes, curtains, etc. at a lower price. Your student-tutor will help you locate all the necessary shops.
- The rent is payable by the agreed date of each month.
- The tenant is responsible for any damage to the property. This includes damage caused by visitors of the tenant.
- Follow the house rules and regulations, which in blocks of flats
are usually placed on the wall in the vicinity of the main entrance.
- Tenancy agreements must be terminated in writing. The property
must be vacated within one month of the termination of the tenancy
agreement. Normally one month prior to departure.
- The property owners is responsible for the maintenance of the property but not for the damage caused by the tenant.
- The property owners can terminate the tenancy agreement only in writing and an acceptable reason must be given for it.
- The property owners can evict the tenant if the tenant has not paid the
rent for the property or is continuously acting in a socially
Living together with another student can be an experience. It
provides you with many possibilities to learn different cultures. It is
also a possibility to make lifelong friendships and it can give you lots
of good memories from the time you spend here in Finland. When you take
care of each other’s wishes and hopes, living together will work out
just great! Different manners and different cultures will not create
problems if you are willing to be flexible. The regulations for living
will guide you and your room mate. Here are also a couple of tips for
making living more comfortable.
Get to know your room mate. Talk and make together some basic rules
for living, for example visitors, listening music etc. Cleaning the
common areas is every tenant’s responsibility (kitchen, hall, toilet and
bathroom). One good way is make cleaning shifts. After using the
kitchen and bathroom always clean it after use. For example, wash the
dishes after use. Take care of the garbage also. Because of health
reasons the garbage bag has to be taken to the waste shelter immediately
when it gets full. Garbage is not allowed to be kept indoors, not in
the flat or in the stairway. This also prevents bad smells and makes the
flat more cozy! And please, respect your roommate’s property.
If you do not pay your rent in time, the property owner can terminate your rental agreement and you’ll have to move.
If you stay in Finland for longer than a month, you have to submit an official Notice of moving (muuttoilmoitus: www.posti.fi/changeaddress/)
to local register office (maistraatti) within one week after your
arrival to Finland. You should make this Notification of moving every
time you change your residence in Finland and also when you move out of
It is important to notify the Post Office (Posti) of your moving so
that your mail will be delivered to the right place. The forms for
notification are available at post offices, register offices and police
stations. Posti will forward all mail addressed to the old address of a
person who has filed a change of address notification for one month free
of charge. Posti will send you automatically a letter where they offer
you a service of redirection of all postal items for 12 months. This
service is subject to a charge and it is voluntary.
- Give notice to the property owner one month before you move out.
- Notify the local register office of your moving by filling in the online form at www.posti.fi/changeaddress. You can also get the form in the register office in your town or local post office. More information: www.vrk.fi.
- Return the keys to the property owner or caretaker.
- Fill in the form registering changes of address in the post
office. Post offices have free post cards which you can send to your
friends and family to inform of your new address. More information:
- Remember to change the address to the WinhaWille Student
Administration System of the school. Also it is a good idea to inform
the library and banks of your new address.
- Clean the flat before you move out. If the property owner has to
clean your flat after you move out, it will bill you for the cleaning
- How to use the apartment key (how to lock and unlock the
doors). And take care of the key. If you lose the key or lock yourself
outside the apartment, it costs to call the janitor to open the
- How the fridge is working.
- How the oven/stove works.
- How to use the washing machine in the laundry room.
- Where are the garbage cans.
- Notice silence (usually between 22.00 – 7.00)