Exchange students can apply for apartments by sending an open application and participating in the Homerun. The application can be found at

University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) arrange housing for the international exchange students in co-operation with PSOAS. On behalf of the universities, PSOAS subleases the apartments to exchange students. The empowerment for the subleasing and other housing services is given to PSOAS in the agreement it has with the universities. The apartments are rented only for the exchange students of the University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences.

Exchange students arriving for the fall semester can book apartments on PSOAS website in June. The dates and instructions will be sent to all applicants before the booking period begins. For the spring semester the process starts in November. Every applicant can choose the apartment they like and book it online. After booking, an apartment offer is sent by email. The offer includes instructions on how to proceed. Please note that due to a high amount of applicants each year only one offer per applicant can be made. If the volume of applicants is higher than the amount of apartments, PSOAS cannot guarantee an apartment for everyone.

Make sure to choose the apartment according to your place of studies. Options for the University of Oulu are listed here and options for the University of Applied Sciences are here. If you wish to get rooms in the same apartment with friends, be sure to choose them together. The apartments cannot be changed later.

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There are rules in the offering process that give a priority status to certain students. For example, applications from students coming with a bilateral agreement will be prioritized, because the universities have made agreements that guarantee accommodation for exchange students coming through certain exchange programs. Also, the offering order depends on the arrival time (in principle August arrivals before September arrivals) and the length of stay (those staying for the whole year will get an offer first), as well as on the date when the applicant has sent the housing application through PSOAS website. If there are vacant rooms, other free movers and students with CIMO, Fulbright or other scholarships can rent an apartment for a short period of time, during spring and summer.


All exchange students are required to pay a deposit of 300 € (shared apartments) or 400 € (studios) and administration fee of 135 € before arrival. The deposit and the administration fee must be paid before signing the tenancy agreement. The deposit is refundable and administration fee non-refundable. Invoice for the deposit and administration fee is sent together with the apartment offer. In order to accept the offer please pay the deposit and administration fee before the due date and confirm your acceptance by sending an email to If the deposit and the administration fee remain unpaid after the due date the offer will no longer be valid.

Instructions for paying the deposit

You can choose to make an international bank transfer or use Transfermate, an online money transfer service. Transfermate is recommended if you’re coming from outside the SEPA region (

All the information you need for the payment is provided on a separate deposit invoice that is sent to you together with the offer.

International wire transfer

Please use the details provided on the deposit invoice that was sent to you with the offer when you make the payment. If you are unsure how to make the payment please ask your bank office for assistance.

Online money transfer via Transfermate

Please use your personal reference number provided on the deposit invoice when paying! Using the reference number is crucial for the registration of payment.

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