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Accommodation

If you apply for temporary protection or asylum: 

You can live in a reception centre or in private accommodation.

If you move, remember to report your new address to the Finnish Immigration Service. It is important that the Finnish Immigration Service always knows your current address so that we can, for instance, send you the decision on your temporary protection application. Notify your reception centre of your new address. The Finnish Immigration Service will get the information from the reception centre. Read more about notifying us of a new address (pdf).

Reception centre

If you need accommodation, you will be accommodated at a reception centre that has room.
The reception centre will provide you with the reception services you need.

Families are accommodated in an apartment or a room of their own. Others are offered communal accommodation where women and men live in separate rooms or apartments.

There are many reception centres of different types and sizes in different parts of Finland. You will be accommodated at a reception centre that has room. Read more on the page Living in a reception centre

Private accommodation

If you choose not to stay at a reception centre, you can arrange your accommodation yourself and stay with your friends or relatives, for example. However, you will still be registered at a reception centre that will provide you with the reception services you need. 

Report your address to the reception centre where you are registered as a client. Notify the reception centre if your address changes. 

If you choose to live somewhere else than in a reception centre, you must be able to pay for your accommodation yourself. Living in private accommodation cannot be financially supported by reception centres. 

If your situation changes and you need accommodation, you will be arranged a place at a reception centre that has room.

Read more on the page Living in private accommodation

If you do not apply for temporary protection or asylum: 

You yourself are responsible for arranging accommodation and the services you need in Finland.