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In Majstranden we care for the environment and aim to do our part for a sustainable development. It is not just about how the student accommodation is built but also about those small everyday things, such as sorting our waste and saving energy. Sensible and economic accommodation does not mean that you should abandon comforts, rather that you use them correctly and appropriately.

On this page, you can find useful information you need as a tenant in Majstranden, everything from safety regulations to how to book a sauna. Get to know our guidelines for waste management as well as how you can save energy. Also have a look at our regulations – which everyone observes – for our common well-being.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at the property management office – we will be pleased to help!

Communication

All communication and news are shared via the app PNTmobile. When a person moves to Majstranden, they will receive an invite to the app in their e-mail. The app also works in a web browser. You also find other important information in the app such as rescue plans and contact information, as well as the booking calendars for both laundry room and sauna shifts.

It is connected to the digital screens in the stairwells.

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Sauna

Sauna is available in all student accommodation except for Majsporten (Byholmsgränden 6). There are free sauna shifts every Monday and Thursday from 6-10 pm. If you would like to have the sauna to yourself, you can reserve the sauna for an hour at the time (PNTmobile). The person who has made the reservation will be charged a fee (5€/hour) or 15€/2 hours for the roof sauna.

In the app you can also find information on how the sauna shifts are divided between men and women. The sauna is heated according to reservations. Please note that you’ll need to book the sauna no later than the Sunday before your requested time.

Laundry room

The washing machines are also reserved via the app PNTmobile. The use of washing machines is free of charge. There is a laundry room in all student accommodation in Majstranden.

Storage space

All storage spaces are located in the bottom floor. The amount of storage spaces on Romgatan and Jan-Magnus Janssons plats is limited. Therefore, you are not allowed to use storage space without being in touch with the property company. The use of storage space is free of charge.

On Byholmsgränden on the other hand, all tenants have their own storage space.

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The tenant must empty the storage space when moving out

There are also common storage spaces for bicycles, strollers and other sorts of outdoor equipment. Motorcycles etc. is not allowed to store inside these storages. Occasionally the storages and the tenant’s own storage (if unlocked) are cleaned out, if there is stuff that is not marked or regarded as trash or broken.

Please observe:

  • The property company is not liable if the tenant’s neglect lead to the loss of objects and goods.
  • It is only permitted to store things in the marked storage spaces.
  • It is absolutely forbidden to store things in the property’s public spaces and corridors due to the risk in case of a fire.

For safety reasons, remember to make sure all doors are locked when passing through.

Parking

The property company Fab Arcada Nova handles all leases regarding parking space. A parking space is possible to rent on:

  • Jan-Magnus Janssons plats
  • Romgatan
  • Byholmsgränden 3, 5 & 7

The tenant is charged an extra monthly fee for parking space, 15 €/month on Romgatan and Jan-Magnus Janssons plats and 25 €/month on Byholmsgränden.

All requests regarding parking space should only be made via e-mail (info@arcadanova.fi).

Please note! There are no parking spaces to rent for tenants on Byholmsgränden 6.

Clubroom

In the 5A stairwell on Romgatan is a furnished 60m2 room possible for tenants to reserve for social gatherings. There is a kitchenette with fridge and a stove. The room is free to reserve and use.

Waste management

As in all properties with more than 20 homes, Majstranden has collection containers for glass, metal and biowaste as well as for cardboard and waste paper.

Always sort your waste with care into the correct container, and keep the lids on the containers closed.

Messy and over full rubbish containers as well as rubbish bags thrown on the ground are a health hazard. They also cause extra costs for the landlord and the tenants.

Furniture, electronics etc. must not be thrown in or left by the rubbish containers! For this purpose, there are collection points. Information about these collection points can be found on HSY’s website.

Plastic packaging waste

  • Empty plastic packages from food, such as yoghurt containers, butter tubes or packages for cold cuts, cheese and convenience food.
  • Empty plastic detergent, shampoo and soap bottles.
  • Plastic carriers, bags and wrappings.
  • Empty plastic bottles, canisters and jars, preferably flattened; caps and lids detached.

Rinse or wipe clean empty packages, if necessary. It is clean enough if there is no odour nuisance.

Remove caps and lids. This will facilitate the further processing of packages.

Waste cardboard

Yes:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cardboard packaging, e.g. milk and juice packaging
  • Cardboard packaging for dry goods e.g. cereals and biscuits
  • Paper bags, shopping and sacks
  • Pizza boxes and egg boxes
  • Cardboard disposable tableware
  • Hobby cardboard and drawings
No:

  • Dirty and un-rinsed packaging
  • Plastic bags and polystyrene

Biowaste

Leftovers, fruit and vegetable peel, coffee grounds and tealeaves, household paper, twigs and grass

  • Pack the biowaste in paper or other compostable material

Paper

All paper that comes through the post box, newspapers, magazines, white paper bags, advertising and envelopes. Not card!

Metal

In the metal container you can place:

  • Food and drink tins
  • Aluminium trays and foil
  • Metal lids and corks
  • Metal shells for tea lights
  • Empty, dry meal boxes
  • Empty aerosol cans (that don’t splash or hiss)

Glass

In the glass container, you can place:

  • Glass bottles and jars

Rinse out dirty glass packaging with cold water.
Remove lids and corks. Rings around bottlenecks and labels do not need to be removed.

You must not place in the glass container:

  • Porcelain and ceramics
  • Window glass
  • Mirror glass
  • Car windows
  • Hear resistant glass (ovenproof dishes, coffee jugs, drinking glasses)
  • Opal glass (for example, in some cosmetic packaging)
  • Crystal
  • Light bulbs

No electrical or electronic waste!

  • HSY’s collection vehicles
  • HSY’s waste stations
  • Small metal packaging to regional collection

Furniture, clothing and old things

Useable things, furniture and clothing – to the recycling centre or flea market. Clothing and shoes to the Salvation Army and UFF’s collection containers. Collection services: The recycling centre and many flea markets.

For large unusable objects, HSY “Noutosortti” provides the service. There is further information on HSY’s websites.

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Mixed waste

Mixed waste is waste that cannot be reused or cannot be collected for recycling.

For example, mixed waste is:

  • Disposable nappies and sanitary towels
  • Porcelain
  • Leather and rubber
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Light bulbs and halogen lamps as well as fuses
  • Products in PVC plastic
  • Ash and cigarette butts
  • Plastics with aluminium surface such as coffee and chips packets

What should I do with problem waste?

Problem waste must not be thrown with the other waste.
Typical problem waste is: batteries, small lead-acid batteries, fluorescent tubes, lead-acid batteries, waste oil, medicines, thermometers, paint, glue, varnish and other poisons.

Take problem waste to HSY’s collection points which can be found, for example, at many garages or to HSY’s collection vehicles. Medicine can be taken to pharmacies.

A clever tenant avoids waste!

  • Buy only what you need
  • Replace disposable products with sustainable products
  • Repair and renew old things
  • Favour sustainable products that can be repaired
  • Avoid unnecessary packaging
  • Favour refill packs
  • Use toxic-free products
  • Favour material that can be reused
  • Take your own carrier bags when you go shopping
  • Do not use plastic bags unnecessarily

Traffic connections for public transport

There is very good public transport to and from the student accommodation in Majstranden.

Tram 6: 

  • H0326/H0323

A number of buses also stop at a short distance from Majstranden, please note the following stops:

  • Kustaa Vaasantie (street address): H3028/H3029 (Kumpulan kampus)
  • Hämeentie: H3036/H3037 (Kumpulan kampus)
  • Hermannin rantatie: H3008 (Haukilahdenkatu)
  • Kyläsaarenkatu: H3009 (Haukilahdenkatu)

All traffic connections can be found in the HSL app or on the HSL-website (https://www.hsl.fi/en)

Energy efficient & ecological accommodation

Sensible and economic accommodation does not mean that you should abandon comforts, rather that you use them correctly and appropriately.

It is not necessary to live in the dark and the cold, however, using electricity unnecessarily or regulating the temperature by keeping the windows open all the time is wasteful. In other words, avoid unnecessary use of electricity and water as well as any unnecessary airing etc.

Save energy!

  • Do not waste energy unnecessarily! Turn off lights and switch off equipment that you’re not using at the time.
  • Do not for example leave your phone in the charger longer than necessary.
  • Avoid prolonged airing in the fall during the heating season.
  • Always make sure that the front door to the staircase is closed properly, especially during the heating season, as well as for security reasons.
  • Standby mode is one of the largest consumers of unnecessary energy. There is energy to save by switching off TVs, computers, monitors and other equipment.

Saving energy is an environmental deed that also saves money!

With sensible energy use, the energy consumption in the flat can be reduced by 10–15 %. For example, by lowering the room temperature by one degree, you can save 5 % of your total energy consumption.
One third of a home’s energy consumption goes to its electrical devices and lighting. Do not keep devices plugged in if it’s not needed.
When you buy a new device, it’s always necessary to take a look at its energy labelling. Incorrect placement, neglected service and incorrect use can also increase the energy consumption with over 10 % in a new and energy efficient device.

Water

Reduced use of water saves energy! Do not let water run unnecessarily! One fifth of a home’s energy consumption consists of warm water heating.

Showering and flushing the toilet takes on average 160 liters of water every day, so it’s only smart to avoid unnecessary water usage.

You can also do the dishes and the laundry economically. Always wash full machines of laundry if possible; the machines’ standard cycle consumes just as much whether the machines are full or half-full.

Heating and ventilation

Heating

The room temperature in a residential building should be approx. +19–21C. If the room temperature is lowered by one degree, heating costs are reduced by approx. 5 %.

The room temperature can be controlled with the thermostat

A thermostat needs time and space to function. Do not hang heavy curtains or place heat-generating equipment in front of the thermostat.

Thermostats must not be adjusted by force; the possible adjustment is approx. 2-3 degrees. The radiators can sometimes be cold or even only warm in the top section. This shows that the thermostat is functioning properly. Even if the radiator feels cold, the room’s temperature can be suitable and healthy.

Water and drains

Leaking or otherwise defective water fittings increase the water consumption and can cause water damages. If the toilet is continuously leaking, more than 50 m3 of water is used during one year; this costs thousands of euros extra.

Do not put anything down the drain that does not dissolve in water!

Do not place sanitary towels, diapers, tampons, cotton wool or dental floss in the toilet.

Food leftovers or coffee grounds must not be flushed in the sink because it might block the drain. Solid materials get stuck in the drain’s U-bends and block them. If the drain does not run, stop the running water immediately. Also, be mindful with toilet-fragrance block. If they block the drain, the tenant is liable to pay the costs for unblocking the drain.

Tips on how to care for the environment and save costs

  • Inform immediately maintenance about leaking taps and toilets
  • Do not let water run unnecessarily!
  • A two-minute shower uses 24 liters of water and a 10-minute shower about 120 liters
  • Remember that hot water is almost twice as expensive as cold
  • Do your laundry and dishes with a full machine (if possible, use programmes that save electricity and water)
  • Do not rinse the dishes under running water
  • Make sure that existing installation of washing machines and connections have been done in a way the service company accepts. If there is no connection prepared in the accommodation, then such cannot be installed there.

Clean the drainpipe’s U-bend and floor drains regularly!

As a tenant you must clean the U-bend and the floor drains in the bathrooms, which also has U-bends. At every drain point, there is a U-bend to stop the smell from the sewer system coming into the room. If the bathroom has not been used for a long time, water can evaporate from the U-bend which will lead to a smell.

Cleaning the U-bend

Loosen the plug by hand. Remove the dirt and replace the plug.

Cleaning the floor drain

All hair is collected in the floor drain, and therefore it must be cleaned regularly! You can lift the floor grate with a screwdriver. Hair and other rubbish are easily removed with the help of a small plastic bag. Clean it with for example a dish brush and dish soap. When you’re done, rinse thoroughly with water and reattach the cover firmly.

NOTE!

Do not connect any new parts to the water and drain system without the service company’s permission. Do not leave machines running unsupervised. Also, always turn off the washing machine’s taps after use.

Ventilation

The ventilation keeps the air in the apartment clean. Mechanical extract ventilation sucks air out of those parts of the accommodation where the need for ventilation is greatest (kitchen and bathroom mostly). Replacement air streams into the apartment through the fresh air vents, which should not be blocked.

Clean the extract air vents at least twice a year. You can test how well the extract air vents are working with a piece of paper.

Cleaning the extract air vent

  • Turn the outermost ring
    Pull out (NOTE! The location of the internal part must not be altered, it has been set for the right quantity of air)
    Wash the vent with dish soap and let it dry

Cleaning the cooker hood

Wash the cooker hood’s filter with dish soap and hot water 4–6 times a year.

Inform the maintenance about:

  • If any part of the water and drain system is leaking or is broken
  • If the drain is running slow, making a strange noise or smells
  • If water is disappearing from the U-bend time and again
  • The water pressure, if it is too low or too high
  • If the water temperature is low (continually under + 50C)
  • If a radiator is leaking or if its valve is broken
  • Murmuring, surging or whistling water from the radiator
  • If it’s constantly too hot or too cold in the flat or a particular room
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