Furniture and Renovation

Make your home reflect your personality! AYY supports the renovation of homes with a voucher you can use for purchasing paints and painting equipment, all paid by the Student Union. On this page, you will wind instructions for painting your apartment and how to find furniture.

Painting apartments

Residents are allowed to paint all AYY apartments in the way they choose.

If you want to paint your apartment, AYY’s Housing Services will provide you with a voucher you can use for purchasing paints and painting equipment on AYY.

There are a few restrictions on painting an apartment:

  • Do not paint the floor or the ceiling.
  • Do not paint radiators, power sockets and skirting boards.
  • Use paints intended for painting apartments.
  • Do not paint doors and window sills, as the doors may be irrevocably ruined if a wrong type of paint is used on them. If, however, you want to paint a cupboard door that is in bad shape, for example, and you know what you are doing, please get in touch with AYY’s Real Estate Sector using this contact form, who can instruct you and grant you permission for exceptional paint work.

Even though you are given free rein in terms of painting, please avoid setting up the next resident for a nasty surprise. When necessary, AYY has apartments repainted by professionals.


Painting the common areas in shared apartments with single rooms

The common areas of shared apartments with single rooms can also be painted to your liking, as long as all residents of the apartment are in agreement about the painting.

If you want to paint the common areas of your shared apartment, please get in touch with AYY’s Housing Services to get a voucher for purchasing paints.


Environmentally friendly paint options

Please prefer paints that have an eco-label or certificate, such as the EU Ecolabel or the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. The paint shop staff are happy to tell you about paint options that are as environmentally friendly as possible. Responsible painting also includes proper waste disposal. It is a good idea to think in advance how much paint you will need. The less paint you have left over, the less its disposal will burden the environment.

Please recycle and dispose of your surplus paint by saving the environment with the following tips:

  • Could your surplus paint be used by a neighbour or friend, for example?
  • A carefully emptied metal can goes into metal waste and the plastic can into energy waste.
  • Paint cans containing liquid paint are hazardous waste. Hazardous waste should be taken to a hazardous waste collection point, such as a municipal waste disposal site or a Sortti station.
  • Liquid paint waste should not be flushed into drains, poured into the nature or placed in a waste container. Hazardous waste that is disposed of improperly causes environmental damage. In case of sorting problems, HSY waste guide provides instructions and the nearest recycling point:
  • Dry paint waste can be disposed of with mixed waste. Small amounts of liquid paint can be evaporated dry by leaving the lid open. 
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Putting up artwork and shelves

Nail holes and picture hooks are part of the normal wear and tear of rental apartments, so light objects can be placed on the walls of AYY’s apartments in reasonable limits.

In case of larger projects, such as the bolting of sturdy fasteners into the wall for shelves or a television, these alterations must be restored to their previous condition and the walls cleaned when leaving the apartment.


Floor work

All floor work in the apartments are the responsibility of AYY’s Real Estate Sector. This means that, unfortunately, residents are not allowed to install new laminate flooring in the apartments, for example.

If the floor is in a particularly poor condition, please contact AYY’s Real Estate Sector using this contact form.



All AYY's apartments are unfurnished. This means that there is no bed, table or ceiling light in the apartment. However, the apartments have all of the fixed furnishings in the bathroom and kitchen (sink, fridge, stove, etc.).

You can find furniture at an affordable price or for free in recycling centres. In Otaniemi, for example, there is a recycling centre that is run by volunteers.

For a temporary need, you can also rent furniture. Furent is a company specialising in services related to furnished apartments. If you want to order a set or furniture or have questions regarding the service, please contact [email protected]. Dishware, cutlery, kitchen utensils and home textiles are available as affordable packages from Viako.

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