The application deadline for most programs at Swedish universities was January 17. If you have submitted the online application you might start to think about finding a place to stay. Accommodation is always a frequently discussed topic and to help you we have gathered some basic information and useful links.
If you are an exchange student in the Socrates/Erasmus programs you will receive assistance with accommodation arrangements from the host academic institution. Be sure to confirm this with your contact person before you leave for Sweden.
If you are a free mover, i.e. a person applying on an individual basis, or if you need to arrange your own accommodation for any other reason, here are a few things you need to know: There is no national system which handles requests for student accommodation. The local student union and university fulfills this function, though it is not required to guarantee you accommodation, and may not in fact be able to help you. You should always contact your university and find out about their procedure. Start with visiting their website and read up on accommodation for international students. Some of the universities assist their free mover students with arranging accommodation.
In addition to contacting your student union, you can also try contacting student housing providers directly. Associations and companies that provide student housing have set up a website for locating local housing providers.
Here are some other useful links for you:
General information about accommodation in Sweden: studyinsweden.se/accommodation
General information about cost of living: studyinsweden.se/living-in-sweden
Information about student housing companies in Sweden: sokstudentbostad.se
Also, discuss accommodation and help each other out in our forum on SwedenInTouch.se - our community for international students in Sweden. Here are four blog posts from members on Swedenintouch.se, their experience and tips on how to get an apartment in Sweden: