Applying Quick guide
Do you want to apply for an apartment?
Kuopas’ apartments are meant for all students, also the locals, whom continue their studies after comprehensive school in the following institutions in the city of Kuopio and its surroundings:
- University of Eastern Finland
- University of Applied Sciences
- High school
- Vocational institute or equivalent
The urgency of your need for an apartment (Are you moving to Kuopio to study and don’t have an apartment here?) and your monthly steady income (Do you have a job and you receive full salary every month? Many students don’t, and that means, that those with no income will receive the apartments first.) both have an effect to your waiting time for Kuopas’ apartment.
If you are moving to Kuopio to study from abroad, you should take a look at this guide: Guide for Exchange & Master’s degree students
When can I apply?
Kuopas housing may be applied for at any time of the year, non-stop.
You may apply for housing after you have received a formal letter of acceptance from your school in Finland.
Students under the age of 18 are required to have their parents’ consent for liability on the tenancy agreement.
What kind of apartments can I apply for?
There are many housing options to suit a student’s different needs:
- Shared apartments (2 and 3 room)
- Single apartments/studios
- Family apartments (2 or 3 rooms)
All apartments are equipped with kitchen tables, stools, basic lighting and shower curtains in the bathroom. A furnished apartment contains also a desk, a couple of chairs, bookcase and a bed with bed clothes (mattress, blanket and pillow).
Furnished rooms are available in Pankkola (location Puijonlaakso), Särki (location Särkiniemi) and Katiska (location Rauhalahti). Waiting time for single apartments / studios can be from 6 months to 1 year. Normally exchange students live in shared apartments.
Even if you are moving from another Kuopas’ apartment, you need to give us your notice of termination concerning your previous tenancy agreement. The notice of termination time is needed also if your building is demolished or sold by Kuopion Opiskelija-asunnot Oy. The notice period is one full calendar month.
Please make sure, that before you accept an offer from Kuopas, you have terminated the contract of the old apartment and that you don’t have to pay the rent for two apartments at the same time, if you don’t plan to do so.
Example: If you terminate your current contract during January, you still have to pay the rent of February.
More information about terminating a contract can be found here: Tenant’s guide | The end of the tenancy agreement
How do I fill the application form?
You can apply by using an electronic form.
Shared apartment with friends: Choose this when you want to apply Kuopas housing with a friend. Each applicant must have a separate application, and applicants must add the name of friend in the end of the application.
The application is valid for four months. You will receive an email one week before the application becomes unvalid. You can use the link in the email to renew the application.
What happens after I’ve sent the application?
You will receive a proposal for tenancy agreement by e-mail.
The proposal will contain the address of your new apartment/room, its type, size, rent and the starting date of the rental period. The tenancy agreement begins if you pay the deposit before the due date and send the receipt to us by email.
We get the information about free rooms one month ahead. If you are applying for a room starting on 1st January, you will get a proposal for tenancy agreement at latest in the beginning of December. In the summer the offer may come in a shorter notice time. Asking for your application’s status does not make the process faster, please wait for us to contact you.
I was offered an apartment … What next?
To confirm the acceptance of the apartment you must pay the deposit payment. The amount for a shared room is 250 € and for a single apartment and a family apartment 400 €.
Before paying the deposit you must have approved the terms of agreement, which you confirm by paying the deposit. The Tenancy agreement begins if you pay the deposit before due date and send the receipt for your payment by e-mail to the Kuopas’ office. Please remember to use the reference number in your payment. The reference number is in the offer email.
After your stay here, the deposit payment will be returned to the bank account (notice that account has to be under your name) stated in your Notice of termination approximately one month after the contract has expired. If any obligations have not been met, applicable costs will be deducted from your deposit.
Please notice that foreign bank may charge some costs for a transaction. Ask your bank how to transfer the correct amount! If the amount of the deposit payment we receive is incomplete because of the transferring costs, we will have to make a request for the rest of the amount. When returning the deposit, we transfer the same amount from our account that we have received from you. The amount that reaches your account may be less because of the transaction costs. Please ask your bank about the transferring costs.