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This page contains information about housing in Tampere. Other important information on the subject can be found on the page Housing
The housing advisory service for immigrants is primarily intended for people who are new to the municipality. The housing advisor works as part of the early-stage services for immigrants at the Sarvis Social Office.
Please refer to the Housing Guide for Immigrants section for information on the special characteristics of housing in Finland. The tips provided in the guide mainly concern rental housing, but you can also find general information related to comfortable housing and the maintenance of your home.
Homes are rented out by many businesses, the City of Tampere, private individuals, and other parties. You can also ask your employer about company dwellings.
The price of a rental home in Tampere depends on the size of the dwelling, its location, and its condition. Rents are lower outside the immediate downtown area. Apart from rent, the inhabitant also needs to pay an electricity bill, home insurance, and possibly a water or Internet bill. In addition, a rental deposit worth one to three months’ rent is needed. This will be returned when moving out.
Tampere has both unregulated rental homes and those whose construction has been funded using state Arava or interest-subsidy loans, so called ARA-funded homes. Unregulated homes have no income or wealth restrictions for dwellers. For ARA-funded homes, tenants must be chosen on a social allocation basis, and the homes cannot be rented to inhabitants exceeding a wealth limit that depends on the applicant’s household size. You can find these wealth limits at the bottom of the page. More information about rental and right-of-occupancy homes [City of Tampere - Housing and Environment - Housing].
You can apply for right-of-occupancy housing, if
• you are at least 18 years old
• you do not own a house or an apartment and do not have the funds to purchase one (if you are 55 years old or older, the asset limits do not apply to you)
To apply for right-of-occupancy housing, you need a queue number, which can be obtained from the housing services of the City of Tampere for housing units located in Tampere. You can apply for the number online. You can also print the form and fill it in by hand. Post your application to the following address:
Housing Department (Asuntotoimi)
Frenckellinaukio 2 B
Once you have obtained the queue number, ask for available housing from owners and developers. The contact information is available on the City of Tampere website. You can apply for housing in multiple areas at the same time.
Read more: Right-of-occupancy dwelling
Many real estate agents who sell housing can be found online. Owner occupied housing is fairly expensive. Banks and other financing institutions grant loans to private individuals for purchasing owner-occupied dwellings.
Read more: Owner-occupied housing
Supported and service housing
Kotitori is a service and guidance point for the elderly, which provides information on various types of housing intended for senior citizens.
The housing units in senior houses have been designed for elderly people who can function without outside help or with minor support. The dwellings are rental or owner-occupied housing units that are primarily intended for healthy people over 55 or 60 years of age.
Service homes provide suitable housing and necessary services for those who are no longer capable of living in their own homes but do not yet require the services of a nursing home or hospital care.
Frenckellin aukio 2 B
Tel. 03 5656 5700
Information Office for Elderly People (Kotitori)Service and information office for elderly peopleLink redirects to another website
Housing services for the disabled
You can enquire about housing services for the mentally or physically disabled from the City of Tampere Social Welfare Office for the Disabled.
Social Welfare Office for the Disabled
Hatanpäänkatu 3 B (2nd floor)
Tel. 040 159 8379, counselling mon, tues - thurs 9 - 10 and 13 - 14, wed 15 - 17 and fri 9 - 10.
Housing in a crisis situation
If a member of your family uses violence against you or threatens to do so, you can contact a shelter. You can call the shelter at any hour, the telephone number is 050 309 9313.
The Emergency Youth Shelters maintained by the Finnish Red Cross are intended for young people under 19 years of age and their families. You can also stay overnight, if necessary. The services of the Youth Shelters are free of charge.
City of Tampere Mother and Child Home and Shelter
Tel. 050 309 9313 (on call 24 h)
Pirkanmaa Shelter Home
Emergency Youth Shelter
Hämeenkatu 22 C
Tel. 040 556 6661
Read more:Housing in a crisis situation
Should you find yourself without a home, please contact the Social Services.
Social services’ counselling service
Hatanpäänkatu 3 J
Tel. 03 5657 0200
You can apply for housing allowance from Kela. Many Kela benefits can also be applied for online.
Aleksis Kiven katu 18
Read more: Housing allowance
Waste management for your housing and recycling
Sort all waste generated by your household, such as organic waste, glass, metal, cardboard and paper, and take it to your building's waste containers or waste collection points. Do not place hazardous or toxic waste, such as chemicals, in waste containers. Take hazardous waste to the nearest waste collection point. Your building's waste containers are intended for normal household waste only.
Furniture, household appliance scrap and other sizeable waste must be taken to a waste treatment plant or processing centre. If you cannot transport large waste items, you can order the Repsikka retrieval services, which is subject to a charge.
Do not throw solid waste, litter or food scraps into the toilet bowl or drain.
Pirkanmaan Jätehuolto Oy
Tel. 03 240 5110, customer service open 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Read more: Waste management and recycling