Exchange students

Accommodation for exchange students in Turku

Welcome to study in Turku

The Student Village Foundation of Turku (TYS) builds, renovates, maintains and rents apartments for students in the Turku area. In total TYS has around 7 000 apartment places in 18 different housing locations. For exchange students TYS has total 360 rooms in two housing locations: Iltakajo (Varissuo area) and the Student Village (campus area).

When and how to apply

Application time for exchange students starts three months before arrival. We recommend applying as soon as the application opens. The housing agreements are made only for full semester and rent must be paid for full semester even if you are arriving later

It is possible to apply housing for one (August-December or January-May) or two semesters (January-December or August-May)

It is also possible to apply housing for summer months. The starting and ending dates of contract are mentioned in the housing offer.

Every exchange student needs to fill in one individual housing application.  If you wish to change some information on your application, you can do that by logging in to the Tenant Pages with the username and password delivered to you after submitting the application. Do not fill in another application form in any case! If you do not manage to edit your application by yourself please contact TYS for help.

If you wish to stay with a friend, both should fill in an individual housing application and write friends name and additional wishes to the application form’s comment field. If you arrive with a spouse or with children or if you have special remarks concerning housing (medical reasons etc), please contact TYS beforehand.

Please attach the admission letter/certificate of your studies in Turku. The certificate needs to be written by the arrival university in Turku. If you haven’t received your admission letter when the application time begins, you can always fill the application without and attach it when you receive the letter.


Due to the uncertain situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, students arriving for autumn semester 2021, can cancel their contract without any payments before 15th of July 2021.

Cancellations which are done after 15th of July, TYS charges 60€ cancellation fee and possibly first month rent if new tenant cannot be found straight away to replace you. These cancellations are handled case by case. Cancellation needs to be done via email to

If you have decided to postpone your exchange studies from the Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021 semester, and you have already made an application, you need to cancel your current application via tenant pages and fill in new one when application time for autumn term starts, on 1st of May.

Remember these!

  • Apply three months before arrival
  • Application time for autumn semester (August-December) starts on 1st May
  • Application time for spring semester (January-May) starts on 1st of October
  • Apartments are always rented for full semesters only
  • It is possible to apply housing for one (August-December or January-May) or two semesters (January-December or August-May)
  • If you wish to stay with your friend, remember to write it down to the additional information field on the application
  • Remember to attach your admission letter/study certificate from the university in Turku to your application
  • Rent must be paid for the whole semester regardless of the actual move-in or move-out date
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