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!