One of the first problems an exchange student faces is accomodation in the destination city.

In Turku, there are two main solutions for this: TYS and Retrodorm. Housing Anywhere offers safe way to rent aparments from the private sector.

TYS (Turun Ylioppilaskyläsäätiö)

TYS has many housing areas, among which the most common for exchange students being:

  • Student Village West 
  • Haliskylä
  • Varissuo: Aamurusko and Iltakajo

In Student Village West, there are individual rooms with a shared kitchen, while the other options are shared apartments. Check TYS website for more information.

 

Pictures taken from TYS website. Inner pictures are example photos of some apartments and apartmens’ conditions, floor designs and equipments can vary.

 

Retrodorm

Located on Luolavuori hill, Retrodorm was an old retirement home that was transformed in 2012 to house exchange students.

It has individual rooms with common areas, such as kitchen, bathroom or living room. Check Retrodorm's website for more information: retrodorm.fi

 

It's important to apply ASAP to TYS and Retrodorm. They are the most popular options and are filled pretty fast! Check the application periods in their respective websites.

 

Main Housing Options From Retrodorm And TYS

Retrodorm

Address: Virvoituksentie 3

Rent: 280e/month, includes water, electricity, internet. Shared shower and kitchen, private toilet. Mostly single rooms.

Distance to the city center: 2.3km

Distance to universities:TUAS Lemminkäisenkatu - 2km

                                           TUAS Sepänkatu -1.7km (direct bus 18)

                                           TUAS Ruiskatu - 1.3km

                                           TUAS Linnankatu - 3.6km

                                           ÅA/UTU/TUAS Joukahaisenkatu - 2km

                                           University of Turku - 2.9km

                                           Turku School of Economics -2.6km

                                           Åbo Akademi - 2.1km

                                           Novia University of Applied Sciences - 2km

Buses to the city center: 7, 12, 18, 61, closest stop - 0.5km

Student Village West

Address: Inspehtorinkatu (number 4 - TYS Office)

Rent includes water, electricity, internet.Private bathrooms. Single rooms with a common kitchen, one per floor, 12 rooms on each floor.

Distance to the city center: 2km

Distance to universities:TUAS Lemminkäisenkatu - 2.4km

                                           TUAS Sepänkatu -2.8km

                                           TUAS Ruiskatu - 4.4km

                                           TUAS Linnankatu - 4km

                                           ÅA/UTU/TUAS Joukahaisenkatu - 1.9km

                                           University of Turku - 650m

                                           Turku School of Economics -1.2km

                                           Åbo Akademi - 1.9km

                                           Novia University of Applied Sciences - 2km

Buses to the city center: 50, 51, 53, 54, 220, closest bus stop - 100m

Varissuo (Aamurusko)

Address: Pihkalankatu 5

Rent includes water, electricity, internet. Apartment, 2-3 people. Shared bathroom,  kitchen and balcony with the other flatmates.

Distance to the city center: 6.4km

Distance to universities:    TUAS Lemminkäisenkatu - 4.4km

                                           TUAS Sepänkatu -6km

                                           TUAS Ruiskatu - 5.4km

                                           TUAS Linnankatu - 7.8km

                                           ÅA/UTU/TUAS Joukahaisenkatu - 4.3km

                                           University of Turku - 4.9km

                                           Turku School of Economics -4.9km

                                           Åbo Akademi - 5.4km

                                           Novia University of Applied Sciences - 5.6km

Buses to the city center:  12, 32, 42, closest stop - 200m

Varissuo (Iltakajo)

Address:  Krööpilänkatu 4

Rent includes water, electricity, internet. Apartment, 2-3 people. Shared bathroom,  kitchen and balcony with the other flatmates.

Distance to the city center: 6.4km

Distance to universities:   TUAS Lemminkäisenkatu - 4.4km

                                           TUAS Sepänkatu -6km

                                           TUAS Ruiskatu - 5.4km

                                           TUAS Linnankatu - 7.8km

                                           ÅA/UTU/TUAS Joukahaisenkatu - 4.3km

                                           University of Turku - 4.9km

                                           Turku School of Economics -4.9km

                                           Åbo Akademi - 5.4km

                                           Novia University of Applied Sciences - 5.6km

Buses to the city center:  12, 32, 42, closest stop - 200m

 

Other Options

 

Housing Anywhere offers safe and easy way to rent an apartment from the private sector. As a student, intern, PhD candidate, researcher, or visiting professors of University of Turku you are entitled to priority access to all accommodation available on HousingAnywhere.com. The platform allows you to choose from rooms listed by local students or verified landlords and securely book prior to your arrival.

Sign-up here to receive a University of Turku VIP profile on HousingAnywhere.com. If you are a student from Novia, Åbo Akademi, or Applied Sciences, please email the board at board@esnuniturku.fi to get the other Universities priority sign-up forms.  For more information, check the local guide on living in Turku here.

Keep in mind: The housing market in Turku is very seasonal. So if you don’t find a room listed right away, check back regularly.

For more information you can always contact Housing Anywhere from this email: vip@housinganywhere.com

 

For those who don't arrive at the beginning of the academic semester, another good option is to look on social networking pages, mostly Facebook. You can find groups where local students who are going on an exchange abroad sublet their apartments:

We recommend relying on these companies to get accommodation because getting an apartment from the private market can be quite difficult in Finland, as the owners prefer to make longer contracts.