When moving to a new town, the first and certainly most important thing is to find a new apartment for yourself. Fortunately, there is the Domus Arctica Foundation, or DAS, in Rovaniemi, which offers students affordable homes in excellent locations. You can apply for housing from DAS if you study in Rovaniemi, in a post-primary school, such as the University of Lapland.
The housing application is submitted using the electronic form available on the DAS website. You first choose the type of apartment, whether you are looking for a studio or a shared apartment, for example. You can also narrow your search options based on apartment size and monthly rent. DAS apartments can be found in different areas of Rovaniemi, so you can apply for an apartment in Rantavitikka or Anninportti, for example, near the university. After that, you can fill in your own information and send the application!
DAS has a continuous application period, meaning that when apartments are vacated every month, they are offered onwards all the time. Your application is valid for 90 days. You can renew and edit your application on the DAS website with your application number at any time. You will automatically receive a notification when your application is about to expire, and you can renew your application as instructed.
Apartments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, also in August-September for new students. If a vacant apartment appears on the DAS website, this will be offered to the first person in the queue. New students starting their first year in Rovaniemi will be given priority in the apartments that will be vacated in August and September.
A lot of flats become vacant in the spring and early summer, so that is when the applicant has the most choices. Then there is also a good opportunity to change flats within the DAS; spring is the best time to look for a shared apartment with a friend.
Leases are made valid for the time being with DAS, so if you wish, you can have a permanent home for the duration of your studies! The advantages of DAS are affordability, good locations, permanent housing, and good services!
Up to 11,000 students live in Rovaniemi, many of them with DAS. So, you do not have to be alone here! New friends can even be found in the neighborhood, as the DAS hosts joint barbecues, evening events, and resident committees where it’s easy to meet new people. International degree students and exchange students can also apply for housing at DAS, so if you want, you can meet people from all over the world!
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