By Yafei Zhao, Master’s Degree Student at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
Generally speaking, we cannot survive without food, but we could be alive without furniture. However, furniture are as important as the necessities of life. Anyway, we need furniture no matter where we live!
It is common that there is no furniture in the students’ apartment, like HOAS, HYS. It is very necessary that we could get the furniture as soon as possible. Here are some information about where to get the furniture in Helsinki. If you prefer new stuff, IKEA is the best option and it is in our student price range; If second hand stuff does not matter to you, then many Second Hand Shops are available. They are relatively cheaper, especially furniture. Sometimes, with the same price, you may get better quality.
Anyway, good luck for your new life in Helsinki. Have a good START!
IKEA Vantaa & Espoo
Free Bus from Kiasma Museum and shopping centre Dixi (Tikkurila) EVERY day, clear blue bus with yellow IKEA.
IKEA also has a delivery service which charges depending on the delivery destination. Starting price is from 39€.
|To Vantaa||From Vantaa|
|To Espoo||From Espoo|
For more information, check out IKEA’s website: www.ikea.com/fi
Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre Ltd
A non-profit organization hoping to reduce the amount of waste and increase environmental awareness. You may find almost everything in the stores, like furniture, electric appliances, kitchen stuff and clothes etc.
If you have the Student Card or Certificate of Attendance, 10% discount is available.
Stores and address:
- Kyläsaari Shop (Helsinki). Kyläsaarenkatu 8, 00580, Helsinki. Tel: 0400 348 111 (buses 56 and 68 and trams 6 and 8 ) (I have only been to this one among their chain stores, and highly recommend!)
- Itäkeskus Shop (Helsinki). Kauppakartanonkatu 12, 00930 Helsinki. Tel: 0400 344 863 (bus 58 and walking distance from Itäkeskus metro station)
- Nihtisilta Store (Espoo). Kutojantie 3, 02630 Espoo. Tel: 0400 348 114 (Espoo’s internal bus lines 3, 5, 15, 18, 110, 110A, 121A, commuter train E)
- Suomenoja Shop (Espoo). Rusthollarinkatu 1, 02270 Espoo. Tel: 0400 348 160
- Koivukylä Shop (Vantaa). Hosantie 2, 01360 Vantaa. Tel: 0400 348 113 (Vantaa’s internal bus lines 52, 53, 54, 71A, bus 732 from Helsinki and the commuter trains N and K)
Working hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-16:00, Sun 12:00-16:00.
Fida Secondhand Shops
They have secondhand clothes, small furniture and other small items.
- Eira: Tehtaankatu 36, 00150 Helsinki. Tel: 9 612 1770
- Hakaniemi Metro Station: Hämeentie 5, 00530 Helsinki. Tel: 9 876
- Lönkka: Lönnrotinkatu 4, 00120 Helsinki. Tel: 9 5660 0395
- Malmi: Kirkonkyläntie 34, 00780 Helsinki. Tel: 9 4289 2400
- Maunula: Pakilantie 8, 00630 Helsinki. Tel: 9 5660 0396
- Puotinharju: Kastelholmantie 2, 00900 Helsinki. Tel: 9 343 2299
- Sornäinen Metro Station: Hämeentie 31, 00500 Helsinki, Tel: +358 9 7014772 （Upstair of K-market)
Working hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00/19:00, Sat 10:00-16:00
Online Flea Markets and Facebook
There are also free online marketplace services, where registered users are able to buy and sell anything from clothes to furniture. Beware of scammers and read the shipping policies carefully!
Check out: Tori.fi and Huuto.net
Certain Facebook groups also offer the possibility for users to sell and buy different items, but be extra careful – it’s more difficult to detect scams when users can’t always be verified.
Check out: Helsinki Buying, Selling, Giving Away and Students in Helsinki Buy/Sell/Exchange
Last but not the least – Pick up furniture
There are sometimes designated recycle rooms in residential areas, which you may open with your own house key. You may find small pieces of furniture, kitchen equipment, carpets etc. left by moved-away tenants.
The policy is usually first comes, first served – so if you are lucky, you may find a complete set of furniture for your new room. Good Luck!