Right of Residence

Apartments of Soihtu are primarily meant for students. Some of our residential properties are government-subsidized rental apartments (so-called ARA apartments), whose tenant selection follows the ARA’s tenant selection guidelines (based on the Interest Subsidy Act) and Housing guidelines of JYY.

The ARA apartments in Soihtu are located in Kortepohja Student Village, and the terms of tenancy of these apartments require the tenant to have a certificate of full-time study. In accordance with the terms of tenancy, the tenant is obliged to inform the landlord if the right of residence changes.

After your studies have ended you can live in your apartment for a year during which you have to find a new apartment. Apartments in buildings K, L, M, N, O, P in the Student Village, at Soihtu Vehkakuja and at Soihtu Korttelikylä can be rented also for others than students so you can apply for an apartment in those buildings after your studies. If you have already during your studies lived in one of those buildings, you can continue living there also after your studies. 

Reviewing the right of residence

The right of residence is checked regularly in the Student Village buildings A, B, C, D, E, F, H, J, Q, R, S and T. Soihtu can get the study information of JYY members directly from the JYY register, but other students must submit a valid certificate of full-time study upon request.

The right of occupancy is checked for ARA apartments once a year and whenever necessary. If the tenant is no longer a full-time student and Soihtu terminates the lease, the 6-month notice period is observed, regardless of the duration of the tenant agreement. If desired, the tenant can terminate the lease earlier.


You can exceptionally live in an ARA student apartment if you have registered as absent for legal reasons. Statutory reasons for absence include military service or taking maternity, paternity or parental leave. In the tenant’s situation, health grounds can also be taken into account. It is essential that the person living in the student apartment still has the intention to complete their studies after the end of the exceptional situation.

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