Students already living in Finland
Who is eligible to apply?
You may apply accommodation from TOAS once you have been accepted as a full-time student in one of the secondary or higher education institutions in Tampere. Your studies must be full-time and correspond to the criteria of the financial aid for students provided by KELA. If you are unsure whether your studies are full-time, please contact KELA to check before submitting the housing application. Open university, evening studies at upper secondary school, and careers guidance do not entitle to apply accommodation from TOAS.
PhD and post-doctoral students may apply but do not have priority for the most popular apartment types and locations (e.g. studios). PhD and post-doctoral students must present a certificate of their studies and income. Should the student have high monthly income, s/he does not have priority for the most popular locations and economical apartments.
TOAS checks the credit history of each applicant before sending the accommodation offer. Data on the credit history may affect to the applicant’s possibility to receive the accommodation. TOAS does not automatically reject the application but each case will be considered individually. If there is large or fresh data on the applicant’s credit history or the data is related to rental payments, TOAS may reject the application.
How to apply
You should start by familiarizing yourself with our website and the apartments and locations we offer. By filling in an online application you are located in the queue for the locations you are applying for. You can apply for a shared apartment, a studio and a family apartment. You can only have one application per apartment type valid at a time, but you can apply for all apartment types at the same time. This means that you can have one shared apartment application, one studio application and one family apartment application valid at the same time, if you want.
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Your position in the queue is determined by the date the application has been registered to the TOAS system. You can modify the application as much as you want. You can delete locations or add them later on your application. If you add a new location in the application you will not be placed in the queue according to the date when the application has been originally submitted to the system. You can follow up your applications easily, since the queue numbers are available to you at all times. Remember that the application is valid for six (6) months at a time. If you do not renew your application before the expiration date, it will expire on its own and you will be removed from the queue. Expired applications will not be returned to the queue.
Getting an apartment offer
When you are on top of the queue and there is an apartment available that corresponds to your application, you will receive an apartment offer by email. When you receive the offer, your application is deleted from the queue (regardless whether you accept the offer or not). In order to be in the queue again, you must submit a new application. To accept the offer you have received, you need to pay the deposit and send the required attachments to TOAS by the given deadline. Only once all attachments are sent by the given deadline, the tenancy agreement is confirmed and you will be able to move to your new apartment!
Normally the tenancy agreements are made as an open-ended agreements,which means that there is no ending date for the agreement. It is valid as long as you have the right to tenancy based on your studies. When you wish to move out, the termination time is one full calendar month.