Houses by the river photographed from the air. In the centre, there are also some berths with boats parked.

In Oulu, you can live in the heart of the city centre or by a lake, and your housing costs will not climb through the roof. As far as styles go, housing options range from the latest modern architecture to older, idyllic alternatives in cosy suburbs. New districts have been built within fluent connections from the city centre.

The advantages of everyday living in Oulu compared to other big cities have been measured. Compared to Helsinki, for example, an Oulu resident gets double the square metres for their home with the same amount of money. The small but big city can offer something many others cannot.

Despite its size, Oulu is seen as a good environment for children to grow up, a safe place to live in, and a pleasant environment in general – these are usually the benefits of small towns. This is why Oulu is such a shining star as a place to live: it combines the opportunities of a big city with the benefits of a small community.

More about housing in Oulu

Most up-to-date information about housing in Oulu
Housing in Oulu (opens in a new tab: ouka.fi)

If you cannot move to Oulu straightaway, you might want to have a look at a future district in the Oulu River estuary. Hartaanselänranta hosts the 2025 Housing Fair:
Hartaanselänranta website (opens in a new tab: ouka.fi)

City of Oulu services:
Social and Family Services (opens in a new tab: ouka.fi)
Health Service (opens in a new tab: ouka.fi)

An image study by Statistics Finland showed that as many as 16 per cent of Finns might think about moving to Oulu. In proportion to the whole population this equals to 700 000 Finns. As many as 57 per cent of the people in northern Finland might think about moving to Oulu.