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! :)