VAMK has no dormitories or any other kind of accommodation arrangements for its students. Students have to take care of the accommodation matters by themselves.
The accommodation situation for students in Vaasa is fairly good. The most common way to organize housing is to rent an apartment from VOAS, the Student Housing Foundation in Vaasa. In general, their rents are lower than in the private market, because most of the tenants are students.
A shared apartment generally accommodates 2 – 4 students. Each student has his/her own room and shares a kitchen and a bathroom with the other students in the apartment. International students usually want to reserve apartment/room with basic furniture. In a furnished bedroom there is a bed with mattress, writing table, lamp, chair, bookshelf and a clothes closet. In the kitchen there is a dining table and chairs.
There is no cutlery or any kitchen appliances except a refrigerator and stove in the kitchen, no pillows, blankets or bed linen in the beds. You can bring the basics with you from home, or you can buy them in Vaasa.
If you are an exchange student and thus staying here only shorter period, you can also rent a Survival Kit from the International Office. The Kit includes Blanket, Pillow, Bed linen and curtains. The deposit for the Survival Kit is 30 € and when you return it back you will receive 10 € back.
Only one person is allowed to stay in one room in the VOAS shared apartments– bedrooms are not for sharing!
Closest housing complexes with to the Faculties of Technology & Communication or Social Services: Tekla I, Tekla II, Linna, Loftis and Olympia I. Closest complexes for students of Business Economics & Tourism and Health Care: Loftis, Olympia I, Suviboxi and Kalliola. Those are the complexes from where international students are advised to apply for housing. Most of the apartments are furnished and the rents are moderate.
Please read through carefully the accommodation instructions and try to follow them. The most frequent housing problem is noisy behaviour at night time. You should not make any noise after 22 o´clock in the evening. Many Finns start their work day at 8 (some people even at 7) in the morning. Please pay attention, where you put your waste bags and how you sort the waste (biological / glass / paper / mixed waste). Instructions on waste handling are included in the accommodation rules.
See here the VOAS housing application form.
For more detailed information, please contact:
VOAS (Student Housing Office),
Olympiakatu 3 B, 65100 Vaasa
Tel: +358(0)6 – 327 6530
Fax: +358(0)6 – 327 6538
The office is open Mon – Tue 10 a.m – 5 a.m and Wed – Fri 10 a.m – 3.30 p.m.
Please visit the website for information on facilities, rental condition and rules: www.voas.fi
NOTE! Information for exchange students:
The rental agreement with VOAS is made for a fixed period for the whole semester and it can not be terminated. This means that the tenant is liable for paying rent for the whole duration of the lease, even if moving out earlier. Tenants can apply for another apartment only if staying two semesters. The change can be done for the second semester.
- Autumn semester: August 1st/September 1st to December 31st
- Spring semester: January 1st to April 30th/May 31st
When you have reserved accommodation for yourself and paid the deposit VOAS will give the key to your tutor if you requested for pick-up service. In case you have requested for pick-up, the person coming to pick you up (most likely your tutor) will have the key with her/him. In case you do not need the pick-up service, you can get your key from VOAS or ask your tutor to get it.
NOTE! Information for degree students: You can obtain the keys from VOAS during its opening hours (see above). Please note, that VOAS and VAMK are closed during weekends.