A company called Kajaanin Pietari provides accommodation for both degree students and exchange students. KAMK International Office books accommodation automatically for all incoming exchange students after accepting their application. The students coming to study for a full degree, should apply for accommodation themselves.
All students studying in Kajaani can apply to Kiinteistö Oy Kajaanin Pietari for student accommodation. They offer shared accommodation and also family apartments. Some of the accommodation is located on campus and other housing is located 1 – 3 km from the UAS. Internet connection is available for all student apartments for a separate price.
In the student accommodation, there are certain rules and guides to which people often appeal. The rules are the same for both Finnish and foreign students and not knowing them is not a reason to be exempt. In Finland, it is very important to follow agreed rules and times. This is a cultural characteristic! Living in a shared accommodation is about how to live together. The key to success lies in the respect and appreciation of the fellow tenant.
Multicultural Student Accommodation
Living in multicultural student accommodation means that people from different countries and with different cultural background share the same apartment within the student accommodation.
Customs and manners of student accommodation vary in different countries. The foreign students coming to Finland have different experiences with student accommodation; some have already lived with other students, for others it is the first time living without their families. The customs and practices related to interaction and living together are not the same in different cultures and communities. The varying personal and communal habits of people from different cultural backgrounds result in an interesting mixture.
You will receive the rules and regulations of the student accommodation on arrival. Please familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations and follow them. While living in shared accommodation you must take others into consideration and understand different habits and culture. By listening to other people’s opinions and with common sense you can positively affect yours and the community’s living situation. In shared accommodation, following the common rules is particularly importants. You and your roommates are jointly responsible for keeping the apartment clean and in good condition so that you can all enjoy the well-maintainted and renovated premises.
Read more about living together with students from different nationalities from http://www.opiskelija-asunnot.fi/en/studenthousing/.
Accommodation on Campus (Ketunpolku 5)
Our aim is to provide on-campus accommodation for all incoming exchange students. If the UAS welcomes a large amount of exchange students, some exchange students may have to live outside the campus area. Nevertheless, we only provide exchange students with furnished accommodation.
On campus, there are 5 students to one apartment, all have their own rooms (only one tenant per room), the kitchen and bathrooms are shared. Each apartment has two bathrooms. The accommodation also offers shared laundry and sauna facilities. The rent is 325 euros per month and it includes water and electricity (as of 1.1.2016). There is a separate fee for the use of laundry toom. The rental period starts on the 15th of August for exchange students arriving in the autumn meaning that the rent is to be paid starting from that date.
The rooms are furnished but there are no blankets, pillows, bed linen or towels available. Also, no kitchenware is available, therefore you should either bring kitchenware, bed linen and towels with you or buy them locally. A blanket and pillow set can be bought from the Student Union KAMO on arrival. Please note that the set must be ordered in advance! The price of the blanket and pillow set is 25 euros.
A deposit worth 340 euros must be paid before arrival (may vary slightly yearly). You will receive an accommodation offer directly from the company providing the accommodation. Unless the deposit is paid according to the instructions, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodation.
An internet connection is available in student accommodation, the price depends on the type of connection. The internet connection is provided by a company called Kaisanet and agreements are made after your arrival. The most convenient option is to share the connection with your roommates.
Rental Lease Agreements
The Act on Residental Leases governs apartment renting in Finland. It binds both the landlord and the tenant. The lease agreements, deposits and regulations are based on the Act on Residental Leases.
The rental lease agreements start either at the beginning of each month or in the middle of the month and the rent is calculated accordingly. The rent agreements are usually ongoing. Students must give notice one month before leaving.
A deposit must be paid before arrival. You will receive an accommodation offer directly from the company providing the accommodation. Unless the deposit is paid according to the instructions, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodation.
When you return home, the deposit is returned to your bank account, provided that you have fulfilled the conditions of the rent agreement. The accommodation office needs the completed deposit return form from you to be able to pay back your deposit.
Terminating the Contract
Remember that you have to make the termination notice in writing at least one calendar month before you are moving out. When you make the notice by 30.4. your lease agreement will end on 31.5. If you move out at the beginning of June, make the notice by 30.4. to avoid payment for the whole month of June. There will be no exceptions! Read more from the website http://www.kajaaninpietari.fi/en/notice-termination
Other Types of Accommodation
Students coming to study for a full degree, can also choose from other types of accommodation. The student accommodation provided by Kajaanin Pietari is introduced on their web pages. Please note that other types of accommodation is normally not furnished and students should be prepared to arrange the furniture (ie. bed with mattress, table, chairs) themselves.
Students should apply for accommodation by making an online application at www.kajaaninpietari.fi. Students are expected to apply for accommodation themselves.
Further information (Student Accommodation)
Kiinteistö Oy Kajaanin Pietari
Address: Linnankatu 18, FI-87100 Kajaani
Finding an apartment from the private market is also possible but not easy. These apartments are also normally not furnished. Please note that a normal price for a one-room apartment in the private market is from 300 - 500 euros per month. It may be easier to find a bigger apartment to share with friends.
Apartments for Rent (private market)
Kainuun Asuntomarkkinat Oy, Ms Miariikka Tervonen.
Tel. +358 50 531 7975, email. m.tervonen(at)kajaani.net
Apartments for Rent (Finland's largest private-sector landlord)
VVO Group plc
Online search and application