Asuminen Oulussa

Housing in Oulu

Here you can find information on residing in Oulu. Other important information on this topic is available at Housing page.

The housing situation is good in Oulu, and there are various kinds of housing options. Haukipudas, Kiiminki, Oulunsalo and Yli-Ii are part of the City of Oulu.

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Housing in OuluFinnish | English

Rental dwelling (Vuokra-asunto)

Rental dwelling can be obtained from both public and private parties. You can also find rental dwelling through local newspapers. You can submit your own advertisement or reply to advertisements posted by others. For example, the following newspapers include housing advertisements: Kaleva and Forum24 newspaper.

You can look for a rental dwelling online on the websites and

Further information Rental housing

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Rentals in OuluFinnish | English
Vuokraovi.comFinnish | English

Housing by various owner communities

linkkiSivakka-yhtymä Oy:
Sivakka-yhtymä OyFinnish | English

linkkiAvara Oy:
Avara OyFinnish | English

linkkiRiihi säätiö r.s.:
Riihi Foundation Finnish

linkkiTA-Yhtymä Oy:
TA-Yhtymä OyFinnish | English

linkkiWalo-asunnot Oy:
Walo apartmentsFinnish | English

linkkiKAS vuokra-asunnot:
KAS vuokra-asunnotFinnish

linkkiKojamo Oyj:
Lumo ja VVOFinnish | Swedish | English


Rental dwelling for students

linkkiPohjois-Suomen opiskelija-asuntosäätiö (PSOAS):
Student housing foundation of Northern Finland (PSOAS)Finnish | English

linkkiOtokylä ry:
Otokylä ryFinnish | English

Rental dwelling for young people

linkkiOsnakodit (OSNA):
Osnakodit (OSNA)Finnish

Right-of-occupancy dwelling (Asumisoikeusasunto)

A right-of-occupancy dwelling is an alternative to renting or buying. By paying a right-of-occupancy payment, which is around 15% of the price of a flat, and a monthly rent, you will have the same rights to the flat as you would if you owned it. You cannot purchase a right-of-occupancy dwelling as a whole but you can sell your right-of-occupancy to another person or exchange it to another flat.


linkkiAvain Asumisoikeus Oy:
Avain Asumisoikeus OyFinnish

linkkiTA-Yhtymä Oy:
TA-Yhtymä OyFinnish | English

Owner-occupied housing (Oma asunto)

You can receive more information on buying property from a real estate agent. You can find information on flats for sale, for example, from the windows of estate agencies, local newspapers and housing websites

Further information Owner-occupied housing
Ymparisto.fiFinnish | Swedish | English
etuovi.comFinnish | English

Temporary housing (Tilapäinen asuminen)

A list of hotels that are located near Oulu is available on the city's website.

Further information: Temporary housing

VisitOuluFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | German

Accommodation in a crisis situation (Asuminen kriisitilanteessa)

If a member of your family uses violence against you or threatens to do so, you can contact a shelter (turvakoti). If you live in Oulu, you can go to the Oulu Mother and Child Home and Shelter (Oulun ensi- ja turvakoti).

Mother and Child Home and Shelter (Ensi- ja turvakoti)
Kangastie 9
90500 Oulu
Telephone: 08 561 5500

You can call the shelter at any time. You do not have to give anyone your name when you call. You can find information on the operation of the shelter on the shelter's website.

Futher information: Housing in a crisis situation

linkkiThe Federation of Mother and Child homes and shelters:
Mother and child shelterFinnish | Swedish | English

Supported and service housing (Tuki- ja palveluasuminen)

Home care support services are available to persons who have difficulties coping without help, such as elderly persons or disabled persons. Such services include, for example, meal services and transport services.

A person who cannot live independently can receive a place in a facility.

Further information: Supported and service housing

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Supporting housingFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Institutional careFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Short timed institutional careFinnish

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Service housingFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Service housingFinnish | English

linkkiOulu Service Foundation:
Oulun palvelusäätiöFinnish


linkkiElderly and children's Fundation :
Elderly and Children Support Fundation Finnish


Homelessness (Asunnottomuus)

If you become homeless, contact the social service office of your municipality of residence. A social worker can help you find housing.

Customer service of social services (Sosiaalipalveluiden asiakaspalvelu)
Kajaanintie 46 A, 4th floor
telephone: 044 703 4912
(on weekdays from 8:30 am–3:30 pm)

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Adult and family social workFinnish | English

Housing allowance (Asumistuki)

General housing allowance is intended to help low-income households with their housing costs. You may receive general housing allowance for a rental or owner-occupied housing.

Housing allowance for pensioners is paid to pensioners who live alone or with a spouse/partner.
If you receive a survivor's pension and you are a student, you can choose whether to apply for housing allowance for pensioners or housing allowance for students.

Housing allowance for students is intended for students who do not have children and who live in rental, right-of-occupancy or part-ownership home. If you are not entitled to housing allowance for students, you can apply for general housing allowance, for example, if you wish to live with a child or if you live in an owner-occupied home.

Housing assistance for conscripts is intended for a person performing their service. Housing allowance can also be granted to a family member.

You can apply for housing allowance from Kela.

Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland)
Sepänkatu 18
90100 OULU

You can also apply for many of Kela's benefits online.

Further information: Housing allowance

KelaFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Arabic

Waste management and recycling (Jätehuolto ja kierrätys)

Sort your household waste, such as biowaste, glass, metal, cardboard and paper, and take it to the waste containers outside your home or to a recycling centre. You must not put any dangerous or toxic waste, such as chemicals, into the waste containers. Take hazardous waste to the closest collection point. The waste containers outside your home are only intended for daily household waste.

Furniture, old domestic appliances and other large items of waste must be taken to a waste centre or recycling centre. If you cannot transport large items of waste yourself, you can order the Repsikka collection service, which is subject to a fee.

You must not throw any solid waste, rubbish or leftovers into the toilet or down the drain.

Rusko Waste Centre (Ruskon jätekeskus)
Ruskonniityntie 10
90620 Oulu

You can bring the following to the Oulu Recycling Centre:

  • furniture
  • dishes
  • sports equipment, bicycles
  • clean, undamaged clothes
  • readable books (no school books or encyclopedia)
  • small household appliances
  • computers
  • computer screens; all sizes, flat

The free-of-charge collection service of the recycling centre will collect undamaged goods within the city, that is within a radius of 20 kilometres from the recycling centre.

The number for the collection service is 044 703 3967.

Furniture, clothes and other items taken to the recycling centre can be purchased at the centre.

Recycling centre (Kierrätyskeskus)
Kurkelantie 2, Värttö
90230 Oulu
Telephone: 08 5584 3966

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Oulu waste managementFinnish

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Rusko waste managementFinnish

linkkiCity of Oulu:
Recycling CentreFinnish