Accommodation for International Students in Sweden
Being an international student searching for accommodation, it is necessary to ask your university about the housing options available and how much they cost. The problem with getting accommodation in Sweden is that it can be extremely tough. Because Sweden is known for having a high-quality, affordable educational system, finding accommodations can be tough. So make sure you start looking early so you don’t have to worry about not having a place to stay when you arrive.
Finding a place to stay while studying in Sweden may take a while if done right. When you go to sign your lease, most places require proof of acceptance as well as part, if not all, of your visa information. Here are a few things to consider when looking for a place to stay.
If you are not working as part of an exchange program (known as a “free mover”), you must keep in touch with your student union on a regular basis (an organization for students, both from Sweden and internationally). Because there is no organization dedicated to assisting students in finding housing, the union is your best option. Some student unions can assist you.
Because Sweden is such a popular study destination, finding housing can be challenging, depending on where you go to school. Smaller towns and cities frequently have more available flats than larger cities. Stockholm, Goteburg, Lund, and Uppsala all have long waiting lists for student accommodation, so unless your exchange agreement or admission guarantees you lodging, you may be looking for a while.
Here are some questions you may need to ask when looking for accommodation in Sweden
- How much does it cost per month?
- What do the costs include? Are there any utilities included?
- Is it furnished or unfurnished (furnished may be a good option for you as a foreign student, but it may cost significantly more)?
- What are the average utility costs?
- What can you tell me about the area of town where this is located in?
Dormitories in Sweden
You might want to explore living in a student dormitory, which is offered at most Swedish universities. Dormitory life is a one-of-a-kind experience because you’ll be sharing a building with a lot of people who are likely extremely different from you. Dormitory rooms cost range from SEK 4000 to SEK 8000 every semester.
Dormitories typically offer a communal kitchen, study area, and a variety of other communal facilities that you can use with your roommates. You may be able to have your own room depending on where you attend university, or you may have to share a room with someone else. This will also shift your cost if you have to share a room; it costs more if you live in a single unit. Contact your university to see what they have available in terms of dormitory accommodations.
Flats in Sweden
If you’re looking for student accommodation, your options will differ based on where you live. You may be able to find folks looking for roommates in some circumstances; some of them may be international students like yourself. Here’s an estimate of how much you’ll pay every month for an apartment.
- Smaller towns – SEK 2,000 to SEK 3,500 for a flat or per room in a larger building.
- Medium-sized towns- SEK 2,300 to SEK 4,300 for a flat or per room in a larger building.
- Cities – SEK 2,500 to SEK 4,500 for a flat or per room in a larger building.
Flats are appealing because they provide a sense of independence that is unavailable in a dormitory setting. Even if you have roommates, they usually have their own room and you can have some privacy. You also have everything you need, such as a kitchen and other amenities, which can assist lower your living costs, particularly when compared to dorm life.
A homestay programme is another option available to you when visiting Sweden. When it comes to homestay, the Homestay Sweden website can provide you with a variety of options. If you’ve never heard of a homestay programme, it’s where you rent a room from a family and live with them while in Sweden.
If you want to improve your Swedish, this could help, and it can also provide you a glimpse into Swedish culture that you wouldn’t get if you lived in a dormitory or somewhere else where you weren’t surrounded by native Swedes. Meals are frequently included in the price, so this can be a convenient and reasonable option if you’re looking for a comfortable and affordable solution.
How do I find my student accommodation in Sweden?
It can be difficult to find a place to live. Begin your search as soon as possible. But where do you begin? First, check with your university. International students may be guaranteed housing in some cases. Some of them don’t. However, the majority of universities offer some form of lodging.
Housing is easier to get by in smaller cities. In big cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg, student housing is in high demand. In the traditional student cities of Lund and Uppsala, it’s the same. Are you relocating to a small or medium-sized town? It will be slightly easier for you to find a place to reside.
Your monthly rent will most likely range from SEK 2,500 to SEK 6,500. Or maybe even more. The amount you pay for rent is determined by a number of factors. The city, the location, the size, and the type of house are all factors to consider. Larger cities, such as Stockholm or Gothenburg, have higher rents than smaller cities.
Living in student accommodation is a great option. It’s usually less expensive and easier to locate. Your university may also be able to assist you. Alternatively, housing might be arranged in corridor rooms or apartments. Alternatively, we may provide you with information about nearby student housing companies. Just a heads up: student housing may require you to join a waiting list.
You might end up living in a student residence hall, with 10–15 single rooms in each corridor, with a shared kitchen and common room. Some corridor rooms have en-suite bathrooms. But other corridors might have shared facilities instead.
Living in a corridor room means you get the best of both worlds. You get your own space. But you’ll also get to hang out with other people in your corridor when you want to. And that’s fun.
Student flats often have between two and four single bedrooms, with a shared kitchen, common room, and bathroom. So you’ll still have your own space, and share common areas with only a couple of people.
Not keen on sharing with others? A studio flat, with a living room, kitchen, and bathroom all in one unit, might be for you.
You can also search for a place to live on the Swedish rental market. If you can’t find – or don’t want – student housing, you can look for a room or flat on the private market. Where to start? Well, Facebook groups, housing company websites, and classified ads on websites like blocket.se are good places to look. And your university can give you tips for local housing companies and organisations.
How much does student accommodation cost in Sweden?
The cost of living in Sweden, like everywhere else, is heavily dependent on your personal lifestyle and habits. More information on a typical student budget and the minimum living expense criteria for a study permit can be found here.
To pay all of their living expenses, students in Sweden should set up at least 8,568 SEK every month. Your monthly rent will eat up the majority of your budget, likely costing between SEK 4,170 and 6,500, or perhaps more. The cost of rent is determined by the location, size, and kind of housing. Below is an example of how a monthly budget may look, broken down by Study in Sweden.
Nervous about the cost of accommodation in Sweden as an International Student? That’s fair enough. But, with some smart spending, it can be affordable. You can live in a dormitory or flats or in a homestay.
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