Unlike in most other countries like Australia and the UK where universities make special effort to guarantee on-campus accommodation to international students, universities in Sweden usually do not provide any accommodation on campus. Apart from the exchange students, all others who study at the Swedish universities need to look for housing outside the college.
So if you are planning to head to Sweden for your higher studies and still haven’t figured out where to stay, here’s all you need to know about the options open to you in your destination country.
Student dorms: These are popular options among international students; you get to meet new people as well as get accommodation that will fit your budget. Most student rooms have a private bathroom and internet access. These student hostels make for good temporary accommodation until you find someplace that suits you better.
Student corridors: Single-occupancy rooms are available in student corridors. They come with a private shower, common room and a fully-equipped common kitchen.
Apartments: You could rent an apartment with a kitchenette and share it with other roommates. Flats come either furnished or unfurnished.
Nations: These are run by Swedish student organisations. Each nation has a bar or restaurant and offers housing to its members. If you want to stay at the nation you need to work or volunteer at the bar or at events. The student towns of Lund and Uppsala are home to many nations.
In the smaller towns, accommodation prices range from SEK 2,000 to SEK 3,500 for a room.
In the cities however, prices start at SEK 2,500 and could go up till SEK 4,500 for a room.
It’s usually more difficult to find accommodation in the larger cities such as Stockholm and Göteborg, and in Lund and Uppsala which have huge concentrations of students. Demand always exceeds the supply, but to find good housing facilities early, you could approach the International Student Office or the University to help you find good student rooms close to the campus. The student unions at your University should be able to provide you information from their database of accommodation providers located in the neighbourhood. Another way of finding accommodation is to look in the local papers and websites but these ads are usually in Sweden language .