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Finding accommodation in Stockholm is a challenge but solutions are available if you insist

I was very happy to get the Guest scholarship and already made plans to go around Stockholm, visit museums, drink coffee, eat kanelbulle while reading a book, visit nearby cities such as Uppsala, walking in the streets of the old town thinking of a bright future!

Arriving in Stockholm was smooth. It was a bright day and I went to a hotel hoping to move to a place arranged by the university for me the next day. However, things were not so simple. Since I was going to stay for just two months, I was on a waiting list without an offer and, thus, I had to look for a place by myself quickly. October is already too late to look for a place to move immediately, but I was thinking positively.

I quote from the KTH website: “Due to the difficult housing situation in Stockholm the best thing to do is to start looking for private accommodation as soon as possible. It can be very hard to find accommodation in August and September, and the best is to perhaps stay with a friend if you know someone who lives in Stockholm. Even if it is hard to find somewhere to live most students find something relatively fast. Don’t give up as something will come your way in the end.” Source: Accommodation for Master’s Students.

Indeed, there is limited housing development in Stockholm, thus limited availability of houses for rental. That’s also why accommodation is expensive in Stockholm. KTH offers several options under a service called KTH Bostad (Accommodation Service). Students arriving in September can apply for university accommodation in May of the same year, and if there are enough places, to get an offer by June. Otherwise, they can look for accommodation by themselves with the assistance of KTH Bostad that offers a list of property offers. One may seek for the services of a real estate agent or companies providing rental services such as SSSB.

Alternative and more flexible option is to rent a room at a house (sharing accommodation) or share with other students. These are offered throughout the year, often for a limited period, usually from people in large homes or people that may go on a long vacation. It is important that there is trust between the tenant and the landlord, so when you visit a place please try to find out who you are going to be sharing a house with. Do not insist to get an offer if the person does not feel like renting to you. There are other fish in the sea. Of course, the place should be in a nice and convenient area in terms of access to public transport and safety, especially for females returning late at home. There is even a facebook group “a forum for students of KTH to discuss about housing issues in Stockholm” (THS Housing) you can read about various accommodation issues. Always try to know more about you legal rights and always respect the local laws, legislation and moral laws, in order to avoid inconvenience.

My personal experience was very positive. I got to live at a lovely place, north of Stockholm city, very close to the lake and the woods and with a good access to public transport. It took me a week to find it after visiting about five places with the kind help of my supervisor from the KTH. I got to know a Swedish artist and we became friends, keeping in touch since 2005. Thus, I was able to better meet and appreciate the Swedish culture and authentic way of living. I felt safe; I loved Swedish food and IKEA furniture and had nice conversations, walks and long and peaceful sleeping nights.

A lot of information about accommodation in Stockholm and Sweden in general is available online. Please start reading here: Accommodation for Master’s StudentsAccommodation and KTH Bostad. Never forget to visit SI’s portal http://www.sweden.se.

If you are a Greek student or researcher, please get in touch or post to the local SI’s Alumni Group in facebook, the Hellenic Society of Swedish Scholars. Myself, a board member or a group member might be able to advise.

A street in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm

How to find accommodations in Sweden?

Ekhagen (Accommodation from Jonkoping University)

Ekhagen (Accommodation from Jonkoping University)

Needless to say that educational process demands several components for a final success: good university + a very good library, challenging and expiring atmosphere in campuses, comfortable environment for living and rest. And though requirements for these “educational components” usually might be similar for different students, the “personal space” of student, such as accommodation, is defined much more by preferences and personal characteristics of each and every man.

Some people would like to live in dynamic places closer to city centers, being attracted by exploration of various aspects of city life (local culture, sport, business, etc). Other students could prefer more “peaceful” places, focusing on their university studies and working more by their one or in small groups.

That is why it’s always not easy to find accommodation, especially if you are moving to another city or even foreign country.

Here are some small tips for newcomers, which are moving to study in Sweden.

1) Still being in your home country, try to contact your future university’s accommodation service. Usually universities can provide their students with different types of accommodation (dorms or apartments) for quite fair price (depending on city, it costs from 2000 to 4500 krona). Probably, it’s one of the best strategies for beginning, because if you get university’s accommodation for at least 3-4 months, you will have enough time for adaptation in a new country, will explore surroundings better, and, probably, can find other possible variants for staying in the second half of academic year.

Couple of months might be also needed for finishing different registrations and receiving “personal number”. “Personnummer” (as it’s called here in Sweden) will be very useful, especially if you are planning to stay in Sweden for 2 or more years. It’s mostly used for getting special services in banks, some medical services, etc.

One of the advantages of university’s accommodation is that you can purchase a “package” of services: your monthly payments usually include electricity, water, heating, access to the Internet, and sometimes access to football field, tennis court or other sport\cultural infrastructure (though it varies from university to university, and you should clarify it explicitly before signing contract).

2) If you decide to rent you accommodation aside from university services, these internet platforms might be quite helpful (most of the web-sites have English version).

Good luck with your search for accommodations and have a nice time in Sweden!

Finding good students accommodation in Sweden

Moving to a new country to pursue higher education is super exciting! You get to meet new people and make new friends from other countries, you get to experience another culture, and most certainly you get to live in another country! What more could you ask for, right?

Well, for one, you can ask for an accommodation first.

Finding accommodation is one of the biggest worries for new students. However, I think that Sweden has a good system that enables new students to start finding accommodation very soon – if you received the information on time. One thing I realized about Swedish students accommodation system is that everything is available online, and that makes it all systematized. And the weakness of a system is that it provides accommodation on first-come-first-serve basis. This means that if you find out about this system later than your fellow students, chances are that you will be down in the list.

This is how the system worked, when I applied for the student accommodation in Linköping. First, you have to register at the website, which was studentbostader.se. In order to register, you have to be admitted in the university. Then, for every day after you register, you will get one point. The higher your point, the higher your possibility is in getting accommodation. This means that the sooner you register, the higher possibility for you to get an accommodation soon.

Usually, the types of accommodation available are corridor room or apartment. Most students choose corridor room because it is cheaper, and it’s more communal so you get to meet other people quite often. Corridor rooms are usually available for rent for approximately 2,300 SEK – 2,800 SEK – depending on the city you live in and the facilities.

Besides the official student accommodation website, another place that is great to look for accommodation is the Student Notice Board. I think every university should have one, and the one for Linköping University could be found here. During the summer holiday, some students lease their room out for a short period of time, and it could be a good option while waiting for your point to accummulate in the official website.

Besides the two mentioned above, another great way to find accommodation is by sharing with another student. Information about this could be found on the Student Notice Board. Or, if there are more students from your country, you can get in touch with them and find accommodation together. For Indonesian students, you can also use the Indonesian Student Association in Sweden to get in touch with current students in Sweden, and to find more information about accommodation.

Hope this could help enlighten all of you who are about to start an exciting adventure in Sweden next year! :)