Compensating the right of residence
When is the right of residence compensated?
The right of residence may be compensated for the reasons below. Read the instructions below and apply compensation by filling in the compensation for the right of residence -form.
You must attach a certificate of student status to your application showing all periods of attendance. You can find the certificate from Sisu. No compensation is granted if you live in AYY’s apartment during your absence unless you are living with children or performing non-military or military service.
You must attach a certificate of parental leave to your application. The right of residence is compensated for the entire period of parental leave.
In addition, AYY members receive a one (1) year extension to the right of residence if they have a child or children. The extension is one year regardless of the number of children. You must attach a certificate of the child to your application. If you have applied for housing with your child, you are likely to have received an extension already at that stage.
You must attach a certificate of military service or other evidence to your application.
You will be compensated for the entire service. However, compensation is not granted if you have received your apartment during or just before the service (under 3 months prior). If you have registered for non-attendance during the service period and have not lived in AYY housing during that time, apply for compensation directly on the basis of the certificate of student status (Instructions in the part: You have registered for non-attendance).
You must attach an extract of exchange studies, a certificate of employment or equivalent document.
You may receive compensation if you have not rented AYY housing during your absence or have temporarily assigned your apartment to another AYY member during your absence. If you have temporarily assigned your apartment to another person, you will receive compensation only if the temporary resident has been a member of AYY during that period. However, the person does not need to have the right of residence.
Compensation is not granted if the main place of work or study is in the metropolitan area, even if you have worked or studied remotely from elsewhere.
There is a one-month leeway before and after studies outside the Helsinki metropolitan area. Therefore, you can leave one month before the start of your studies or internship abroad or move outside the Helsinki metropolitan area if required for a smooth start of studies or internship, and this will not affect your right of residence. In addition, you can also reserve one month for moving back or travelling, for example, at the end of your studies or internship.
You must attach to your application a certificate of studies on another Aalto University campus. You can receive compensation for the right of residence if you have not lived in AYY housing during this period.
However, after the extension, your right of residence is at most the normative duration of studies completed in the metropolitan area, i.e., two years for the master's degree and five years for degree students (bachelor’s + master’s).
Once you have received compensation, you can no longer apply for compensation for other reasons (student exchange, for example) for your previous degree.
You have completed your bachelor's degree in four years at Mikkeli campus, so you would only have one year of right of residence left when beginning your studies at Otaniemi. You will receive a compensation of one year, which means you have two years of right of residence left, which is the same amount as if you had come from another university to complete a master’s degree.
You have started your studies on Mikkeli Campus but switched to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Otaniemi. You can transfer 30 credits completed in Mikkeli (of the value of half a year) for your degree in Otaniemi. You will receive the right of residence for the degree of 150 + 120 credits, i.e., 4.5 years.
You must attach a medical certificate or equivalent certificate to your application, which clearly indicates the reason for slower academic progress and the information about for how long this reason has slowed down your academic progress. The entire patient record is not required, only the doctor's statement on how the health condition affects housing is needed. Medical certificates are addressed confidentially.
If your academic progress is slower due to your own choices, no compensation will be granted. For example, a year spent as the chair of a guild or a student association or having a full-time job along with your studies are not grounds for compensation, even if these reasons clearly slow down your pace of study.
Compensation for slower academic progress is granted for a maximum of one year in total, even if there are several reasons for this.
You must attach a medical certificate to your application. The entire patient record is not required, only the doctor's statement on how the health condition affects housing is needed. Medical certificates are addressed confidentially.
However, no compensation will be granted for a period of less than one month if, for example, you have been in the hospital for two weeks.
You must attach a certificate for the reason on which you apply for compensation.
If you are applying for compensation for other reasons, the reasons must be particularly weighty and/or comparable to those mentioned earlier.
Applying for compensation
AYY does not provide compensation automatically, so you must apply for compensation from housing services. You can apply for compensation by filling in the compensation for the right of residence form. Please remember to attach necessary attachments to your application.
Can I apply for compensation in advance?
As a rule, AYY does not provide compensation in advance. However, if your right of residence is ending before you could receive compensation, you can apply for compensation in advance.
Compensation on the basis of the previous regulations
The new housing regulations entered into force in November 2022. If the reason for compensation has been in force before February 7th 2023, you can still apply for compensation under the previous guidelines and regulations during the year 2023. From 2024 onwards, all compensations will be addressed only on the basis of the new regulations.