On this page you can find information on accommodation services of exchange students. Information on accommodation for degree-seeking students is available in the Studies and Applying | Studying at Oulu UAS | Accommodation section of our website.
Accommodation services for incoming exchange students to Oulu University of Applied Sciences are provided by the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation PSOAS in their Ylioppilaantie 4 hall of residence in Välkkylä.
Incoming exchange students who are going to study at Oulu UAS or have their practical training arranged by Oulu UAS can apply for student accommodation from the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation PSOAS with whom Oulu UAS has an agreement for providing housing services to incoming students (as of August 2016).
You can apply for housing through the website of the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation PSOAS. When filling in the application form, please remember to select "Oulu UAS exchange student" as your place of study in order to be included in Oulu UAS's quota for incoming exchange students.
Please notice that the availability of accommodation is limited. You should submit the application in as good time as possible, by the following deadlines at the latest
Please note: Accommodation cannot be guaranteed on short notice or for late applicants! Applications are processed in the order they are received.
Please notice that the rent is charged in full calendar months!
If you are coming to Oulu in the autumn term, the rental agreement can only be made for one of the following time periods:
(NB! A mandatory orientation programme for new incoming students of all campuses will take place in the first weeks of terms (weeks #34 and #1).
Remember to select 'Oulu UAS Exchange Student' as your place of study in the housing application!
Keep the email address you've entered into the housing application form on eye regularly, as PSOAS Accommodation Office will offer you accommodation by an email sent directly to that email address.
After you've received an offer for accommodation (and you decide to take it), you can confirm your accommodation by paying the deposit fee to PSOAS' bank account and informing the Accommodation Office of your acceptance. You'll have only a few days time to confirm your accommodation.
Unfortunately Oulu UAS's accommodation quota for incoming exchange students does not have suitable apartments for family housing. Family housing may be available in other locations of the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation (PSOAS). If you need family housing, it is advisable to discuss the housing arrangements in good time (at least six months) prior to the planned exchange period with PSOAS Accommodation Office.
The accommodation for exchange students of Oulu University of Applied Sciences is arranged mainly in Välkkylä in the Ylioppilaantie 4 hall of residence of the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation PSOAS. It is located some 2 km from the city centre. All main campuses of Oulu UAS are within a walking or cycling distance from the residence hall.
Ylioppilaantie 4 A (+ number of the apartment/room)
Location on Google Maps:
All our campuses in Oulu and the centre of the town are within a walking or cycling distance from Välkkylä. Bus connections to the centre and other parts of the city are good and frequent. Local buses 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 25, 34, 35N, 40, 41, 51, 53, 54 and 57 pass by Välkkylä (bus stop Välkkylä E / P). Also the Citybus line B passes by Välkkylä (bus stop Ouluhalli E / P). Buses 8, 51, 53, 54 and 57 stop also at stop Professorintie E / P which is almost in front of the building (access through a motorway underpass).
The rooms and apartments for incoming exchange students have basic furniture (a bed with a mattress, a desk, a chair and cupboard(s) for storing clothes and other personal belongings.
Oulu University of Applied Sciences' International Services provides the tenants with basic kitchen utensils, crockery and dishes.
The apartments are either studios with a private bathroom and a private kitchenette, or shared apartments with two bedrooms (single occupancy) with a shared kitchenette and a shared bathroom (shared only by two rooms).
A linen service is included in the rent. You are provided with bed linen (sheets and a pillow case) and you can change them monthly at times announced in the residence hall. NB! Towels you should provide by yourself.
Residents themselves are responsible for the cleanliness of the flat (vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets and cleaning cloths can be borrowed). Cleaning detergents you should buy yourself.
There are common saunas in the use of residents. Bathing times for men and women are separate.
There is also a launderette which residents can use. The use of washing machines is free of charge, you only have to reserve your washing turn and buy your own washing powder and fabric softener.
Locations of the services, saunas, laundries etc. can be found on PSOAS website.
Välkkylä area has 10 halls of residence and apartment buildings. There is also a kindergarten in one of the buildings. Välkkylä is nearby parks and Raksila sports grounds. Cross-country skiing tracks and a skating rink in winter, and sawdust tracks and sports grounds in summer, and Ouluhalli sportshall and Oulu Swimming Hall are practically next door. Also all the leisure activities in the centre of Oulu are within an easy reach.
There's also a lounge room with a TV set in the building where exchange students are living. Reservations for the lounge can be made through PSOAS's service channels.
There's also City Biljard billiards hall / pub that serves also hot snacks just next to the residence hall.
All PSOAS residences have a fixed broadband internet connection (with cables, no wifi). The set up fee is included in the deposit fee payable by the exchange students upon confirming the offered accommodation. Further information on the internet connection is available at www.psoas.fi/en/living/campusnet/. You should provide your own cables (RJ45) and routers for the use of the internet connection.
There are no public or pay phones in the hall of residence. Furthermore due to the popularity and extensive coverage of the mobile phone networks there are hardly any public phones anywhere in Finland. The best solution for communications is to get your own mobile phone. Mobile phone handsets might be cheaper in your home country but you must contact your mobile phone operator for details on how you can use it abroad. All Finnish mobile phone operators offer prepaid sim cards to visitors. ESN goodie bag given to incoming students may also include a prepaid sim card with some free credit on it.
Finnish mobile phone operators
Incoming mail is delivered to post lockers on the ground floor of the building. Your room key opens this locker. For outgoing mail the nearest (orange) post box is located in front of residence hall. There's a post box available also in front of the Louhi building of Oulu UAS Kontinkangas Campus (400 m) and Citymarket Raksila (700 m). The nearest post office is the Oulu Main Post Office at Hallituskatu 36. If you receive a parcel or another delivery that does not fit into the post locker the postman will drop in a notice of arrival against which you can collect the shipment from the Post Office. Stamps are readily available in most kiosks and supermarkets.
In Välkkylä there is a City Biljard billiard hall/pub that serves also hot snacks.
About 700 metres from Välkkylä there is the Raksila shopping centre with two big all-round hypermarkets Citymarket and Prisma and a smaller Sale grocery store. The nearest ATMs are located in front of Citymarket.
Raksila sports grounds with the Oulu Baseball Stadium, artificial ice rink, Ouluhalli multipurpose sports hall and Oulu Swimming Hall are practically next door to Välkkylä. Further information on Sports Services of the City of Oulu: www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/sports-and-exercise. Adventure Park Huikia is also near.
Oulu UAS Student Union OSAKO's office is also located in Välkkylä at address Kajaanintie 32 D.
PSOAS will inform incoming students directly about the details of offered room/apartment by email. Therefore it is of utmost importance to follow the email account you have entered into the online housing application you've submitted to PSOAS!
To confirm the offered accommodation, you should pay a deposit fee of 400 EUR directly to PSOAS' bank account AND inform PSOAS Accommodation Office of your acceptance without delay.
300 EUR of this deposit will be refunded back to the student after the student has moved out, the apartment has been checked and the rental agreement has ceased. The deposit fee includes also the service charge for opening e.g. internet connection and different maintenance fees (altogether these make up the non-refundable 100 EUR part of the deposit).
In addition to above-mentioned monthly rents PSOAS charges also the following monthly utility fees:
Rents and other monthly fees are always charged for full calendar months, i.e. from the beginning of the month of your arrival to the end of the month of your departure, irrespective of the actual dates. If you are coming to Oulu in the autumn, your rental agreement has to be made for one of the following time periods. Note that for those arriving for regular arrival and orientation days the rent will be charged as of 1.8. for autumn, and as of 1.1. for spring.
You can pay the rent at any bank in Finland or through the banks' automated and Internet services with the invoices/bank giro forms you will receive from PSOAS.Notice! The rent rates mentioned on the website of PSOAS do not apply to incoming exchange students' accommodation due to the extra services provided for them (e.g. guaranteed accommodation within receiving university's quota, furniture, linen service etc.).
You can get the keys and into your room usually on the first weekday of your rental period. If you arrive on a weekend or otherwise outside the office hours of the PSOAS Accommodation Office, you can get the key to your room only on the first weekday.
However, you may authorise another person (e.g. your peer tutor) to pick up the key for you in advance. In such a case you as a tenant should inform the PSOAS Accommodation Office directly the name of your peer tutor in order him/her to be able to pick up the key for you in advance during the office hours of the Accommodation Office.
In August 2017 if you arrive by the official arrival dates you can pick up your keys from our Student Union OSAKO's office.
After your arrival you should visit the PSOAS Accommodation Office on the first weekday to sign the rental agreement for your room. However, if you arrive in the beginning of the academic term, the rental agreement will be signed during the Orientation Programme and you do not have to visit the Accommodation Office for this purpose.
You can acquaint yourself with the services the Northern Finland Student Housing Foundation PSOAS offers to its tenants on its website at www.psoas.fi/en/.
For further information on the status of your housing application, instructions for paying the deposit fee or monthly rent and other information related directly to your accommodation, please contact the PSOAS Accommodation Office at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the exchange application process and general enquiries, please contact the International Services at email email@example.com.
Oulu UAS's housing quota for exchange students at PSOAS residences is limited (approx. 150 rooms) and in case demand surpasses availability, places in the quota are offered to the applicants in the order of reception of the housing application to PSOAS. Therefore exchange students are encouraged to apply for housing as early as possible. More information on housing and how to apply at PSOAS website.
In addition to PSOAS, incoming exchange students have several options to arrange housing. Notice also that student accommodation maybe a lot is easier to get in spring term than in autumn. There may also be apartments becoming vacant during the term time due to students moving out from their current residence.
If you do not receive a room from PSOAS you will be notified of this early enough by PSOAS to arrange housing from private markets (providing that you have applied for a room through them). Below you will find useful information and links for other options.
Oulu UAS's International Services and Forenom have an agreement about providing additional housing capacity to international students of Oulu UAS. This accommodation is provided by Forenom in their Forenom Apart Hotel Oulu City Uusikatu in the heart of Oulu's downtown right beside the Otto Karhi Park and all the services and activies of the city centre (e.g. the Shopping Centre Valkea is in the same block with the hotel and the pedestrian precinct Rotuaari is only 200 m away).
This option is available for a contract price 475 EUR/person/month in a shared twin apartment hotel room. The rent includes water, heating, electricty, internet connection, use of a shared kitchen and laundry, and a fortnightly cleaning and linen change. The rooms intended for exchange students have a bathroom and shower, a large flat-screen TV, hairdryer, refrigerator, microwave oven, an electric kettle and basic dishes, so you can prepare small meals right in your room. Bigger cookings can be done in the shared kitchen. You will have also an option of having breakfast for a discounted price in a nearby cafe.
For further information on this option, and to make a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +358 40 450 6932.
If you do not receive housing through PSOAS, please have a look at the options listed below > Housing providers and portals. Some of these have several options while others are small, individual locations, mostly unfurnished.
Also many Finnish students leave Oulu for a semester or two to go abroad themselves and sublet their flats/rooms - usually furnished. Here are some links to advertising sites:
Because rental advertisements and documents might be in Finnish, you can find further information on renting as follows:
When looking for long-term accommodation (furnished or unfurnished), please thoroughly check the advertisements on the private housing market, considering also general living costs for students. We suggest not to make any long-term rental agreement on the private housing market without having seen the property and checked the rental agreement beforehand at the location. We recommend to first travel to Finland to stay for a short term at a hotel/hostel/airbnb apartment, and then look for long-term accommodation (perhaps also together with other exchange students) in Oulu. Information on obtaining and transporting furniture and other practical information for living in Oulu is available from Oulu UAS' Oulu Guide.