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Housing in Espoo

Rental home

Rents in Espoo and the Helsinki Metropolitan Area are higher than elsewhere in Finland. Finding an affordable apartment might be difficult. You should reserve enough time to search for an apartment and look into the different options available.

Private rental housing

It might be quicker to find an apartment from the private rental market, but the rent can be higher than in a city-owned rental flats .

You can search for private rental flats in Espoo through housing websites:
Search for rental dwellingsFinnish
Search for rental dwellingsFinnish | English

If you are under 30 years of age, you can also apply for a rental flat from Espoon Alkuasunnot Oy or the Nuorisosäätiö foundation.

Rental housing for young peopleFinnish | English

Rental housing for young peopleFinnish | English

If you are a student, you can obtain a student flat in Espoo. Student flats are provided by HOAS, the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region, and AYY, the Aalto University Student Union.

Rental housing for studentsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiAalto University Student Union:
Rental housing for studentsFinnish | Swedish | English

City-owned rental housing

City-owned rental apartments are usually cheaper than housing let by companies and private individuals. However, the waiting period may be long, and only a fraction of all applicants get an apartment. There is an especially high demand for small homes.

City-owned rental apartments are managed by Espoon Asunnot Oy. If you wish to apply for a rental flat, please fill in the application form on the Espoon Asunnot Oy website. You can fill in a paper application form at the Espoon Asunnot Oy office. The form can also be sent to your home address.

Your need for an apartment, finances and income will determine whether you will be granted a apartment.

In order to apply for a city-owned rental apartment, you need to have a residence permit that is valid for at least one year.

Espoon Asunnot Oy
Upseerinkatu 3 B
02600 Espoo
Tel. (09) 816 5800

The application will be valid for 3 months. If you are still searching for an apartment after 3 months, you need to fill in a new application.

Read more: Rental dwelling

linkkiEspoon Asunnot Oy:
Applying for city-owned rental housingFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
City-owned rented housingFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Senior housingFinnish | Swedish

Buying a home

Advertisements for available dwellings can be found online. Apartment prices in Espoo are quite high.

Read more about buying an apartment on InfoFinland page Buying a home.

Right-of-occupancy home

If you want to apply for a right-of-occupancy dwelling, you need to get a queue number from the City of Espoo or Helsinki.

Read more: Right-of-occupancy housing

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Right-of-occupancy housingFinnish | Swedish | English

Part-ownership dwelling

The Asuntosäätiö foundation offers part-ownership dwellings (osaomistusasunto) in Espoo. More information is available on the website of the Asuntosäätiö foundation.

Read more: Part-ownership dwelling

Part-ownership housingFinnish

Temporary housing

Espoo boasts a variety of hotels where you can obtain temporary accommodation.

Read more: Temporary housing
HotelsFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

Accomodation in a crisis situation

Fire or water damage

If your dwelling has been damaged as a result of a fire or water damage, for example, home insurance can, in some cases, cover a part of the additional living expenses. Contact your insurance company immediately after the damage has occurred.

Domestic violence

If a member of your family is acting violently or threatens to use violence, contact the Omatila service. If necessary, Omatila will organise accommodation for you and your children.

Omatila service
Kamreerintie 6 A
Tel. 043 825 0535
E-mail: omatila(at)
Monday–Friday 8 am–4 pm
Saturday–Sunday 9 am–4 pm

Social and Crisis Emergency Services 24 h
tel. (09) 816 42439

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Help for victims of domestic violenceFinnish | Swedish | English

Young people’s problems

If you are young and have problems at home, you can contact a youth emergency shelter of the Finnish Red Cross. The shelter is located in Leppävaara.

Youth Emergency Shelter
Läkkisepänkuja 2 A 14
Tel. (09) 8195 5360

E-mail: turvatalo.espoo(at)

linkkiThe Finnish Red Cross:
Youth sheltersFinnish | Swedish | English

Read more: Accommodation in a crisis situation

Supported and service housing

Some people, such as the elderly and the disabled, have difficulties in dealing with everyday tasks without assistance. People whose municipality of residence is Espoo can receive home care support services, such as meal and transport services, from the City of Espoo. These services help people to cope better with living at home.

Elderly or disabled persons who are unable to live independently can reside in service homes or nursing homes.

Read more: Supported and service housing

If you have questions regarding support services for the disabled, please contact Espoo Disability Services (Espoon vammaispalvelut).

Espoo Disability Services
Kamreerintie 2 A, Espoon keskus
Telephone service: (09) 816 45285

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Disability support servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

If you have questions regarding support services for the elderly, please contact Espoo Guidance for Elderly Citizens Services (Espoon seniorineuvonta).

Guidance for Elderly Citizens
Nelikkokuja 3, Mereo Matinkylä
Tel. (09) 816 33333
E-mail: seniorineuvonta(at)

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Elderly servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Information about home care support servicesFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Information about living in service homesFinnish | Swedish


If you find yourself homeless, please contact one of the adult social work offices (aikuissosiaalityön toimipiste) of the City of Espoo.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Contact information for adult social work servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

In urgent situations, you can also contact Espoo Social and Crisis Emergency Services (Espoon sosiaali- ja kriisipäivystys).

Social and Crisis Emergency Services
Jorvi Hospital
Turuntie 150

Tel. (09) 816 42439

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Social and crisis emergency supportFinnish | Swedish | English

Read more: Homelessness

Waste management and recycling

Read more about sorting waste on InfoFinland page Waste management and recycling.

linkkiHelsinki Region Environmental Services Authority:
Sorting instructionsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiHelsinki Region Environmental Services Authority :
Waste collection pointsFinnish | Swedish | English