Most students in Åland live in various types of rented flats in Mariehamn. Demand for student housing is relatively high and new rental flats are being built all the time. Do remember, however, to apply as soon as you have been told that you have been accepted by a school. If you want to live in student-adapted housing, the rent is less than for a student flat. The Åland University of Applied Sciences has a good webpage with information and tips and direct links for finding student housing in Åland. Marstad also allows students (aged 18 or over) to apply for student housing in Mariehamn.
Student housing supplement
Housing supplement granted for student housing can be for either rented or owner-occupied accommodation.
Finnish students receiving Kela student financial aid get general housing allowance in Finland. Finnish students in Åland receiving Kela student financial aid must take student housing supplement from Kela. You cannot swap from Kela student financial aid to AMS Åland student financial aid.
N.B. Åland students in Finland belong to the Åland student financial aid system and must apply for their benefits from AMS. They cannot get general housing allowance for their student flat in Finland; they must apply for housing supplement from AMS.
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