Life and living in Uusikaupunki

Uusikaupunki is a small city by the sea on the south-west coast of Finland, near the cities of Turku (70 km) and Rauma (50 km). The population of the city is approximately 15,500. Despite its name (literally, ‘Uusikaupunki’ means ‘New City’), the city was founded in 1617.

The cosy and idyllic city centre is surrounded by different types of neighborhoods, and the countryside isn’t far away from the centre, either. The long coastline provides opportunities to live by the sea, too.

Easy to enjoy

The lifestyle in the small city is leisurely but invitingly active. The city is built as a functional whole around the grid-planned centre. Most of the services and facilities for activities are located within a fifteen minute walk.

Vibrant cultural life and varied leisure activities

For cultural enjoyment, Uusikaupunki offers a popular amateur theatre, several galleries, a legendary cinema with modern technology, numerous music events, a library, a music institute and the multidisciplinary Vakka-Suomen Adult Education Centre. Activities within a three kilometer radius from the city centre include a kilometre-long ski tunnel, a riding school certified by The Equestrian Federation of Finland, several gyms, jogging trails, an 18-hole golf course, public swimming pool, and much more.

Early childhood education and schools

For families with children, the city of Uusikaupunki offers multifaceted early childhood education services of high quality, also taking into account the needs of those working in shifts. There are also private day-care centres and group family day care services available in the city.

In addition to basic education, you can study at the Uusikaupunki high school and the Southwest Finland Vocational College Novida.

Should you rent or buy a home?

Uusikaupunki consists of a dozen distinct neighborhoods and several vibrant villages. There is plenty of quite reasonably priced housing for sale, and different types of sites to build on. Besides private rental housing options, you can apply for city rental housing via the Citizens’ Services Passari.

City rental housing

The city of Uusikaupunki has 838 rental housing units and four large rental housing companies.
With the companies, lease agreements are handled at the estate manager offices. Lease agreements for the housing units owned directly by the city are handled at the Citizens’ Services Passari.
A rental security deposit must be made before the keys are handed over to the tenant.
Security deposit amounts:
1 room + kitchen/kitchenette, €300
2 rooms + kitchen/kitchenette, €400
3 rooms + kitchen and bigger, €500

To apply for city rental housing, fill in the online application.
Any attachments to the application must be delivered to the Citizens’ Services Passari, located at Rauhankatu 10, at the stage when the applicant has accepted the offered housing.
For soon-to-be-available housing opportunities, visit Vapautuvat asunnot (in Finnish only).

Private sector housing

Housing opportunities in the private rental market are usually advertised in the local papers ‘Uudenkaupungin Sanomat’ and ‘Vakka-Suomen Sanomat’.
The following real estate portals list housing opportunities available for rent or sale, including apartments, summer cottages and work premises.

Contact information

Passari provides personal advice and guidance in many questions regarding the city – if they do not know something, they will find it out for you!

Citizens’ Services Passari:

Open Mon–Fri between 9am and 4:30pm
June to August between 9am and 5pm                 
Fax: 02 841 2887

Visiting address: Rauhankatu 10, 23500 Uusikaupunki, Finland
Maarit Vainio
Office Secretary, rental housing
Tel.: 044 751 5292
Iida Huhtala
Service Secretary
Tel.: 050 420 5260