AYY Housing for Exchange Students

Welcome to study at Aalto University!
Aalto University Student Union (AYY) has approximately 2 500 student apartments in Espoo and Helsinki. Here you will find information on how to apply for housing.

If you are a new exchange student, you can apply for AYY housing by making an application through the Domo system.

When creating your account, please choose exchange student as your student type.

When creating your account, please include an attachment about applying or being accepted into the Aalto University as exchange student. This attachment can be your approval letter or, if not yet available, other proof that you have applied to Aalto University as an appendix. For example a copy or a screen shot of an email containing the application instructions will do. Please also make sure your name is visible in the document. Without any proof your application can’t be processed and your chance of getting an apartment in time will be worse.

Make sure you include as many apartments in your application as possible! This will increase your chances of receiving an apartment from AYY in time for your studies. Please note that most AYY studio apartments have a queue of nearly 1-2 years, so if you only apply to studio apartments, you most likely won’t receive an apartment from AYY in time for your exchange.

Exchange students’ applications for single room apartments go through a lottery process. This means that the sending date of the application for single room apartments does not matter, and the place in the queue is based on points and a randomized number. However, it is advisable to apply for a housing in time, since apartments are typically offered 1-2 months before they become vacant. For example, apartments that become vacant in August are offered mainly during June and July and apartments that become vacant in September are offered during July and August. (Apartments that become vacant in January are offered during November and December.)

All housing offers are sent to the applicant by email. The application must be accepted in the time period specified in the offer.

The housing office cannot predict when an applicant will get a housing offer. Unfortunately AYY cannot offer housing for all applicants, even if they were coming from abroad. Check out more detailed information about the application process here.

  • Please note that all AYY apartments are unfurnished. Unfurnished means there is no furniture at all in the apartment. No bed, no table, no lights. All AYY apartments have a kitchen with a stove and a fridge, though. Information about where to get furniture for AYY apartments.
  • Have you already accepted a housing offer? Please read our instructions for new residents.
  • Do you have a question about housing? Send us an email using this form.