Finding accommodation in Stockholm is considered a difficult task, I know myself I was kind of freaking out before I moved here and was lucky enough to find a room in PAX a student housing area in Västra Skogen 15 mins bus ride from the Karolinska and 10 minutes metro from the city. Nearby is another, slightly cheaper student housing area STRIX. Unfortunately on the wider basis of Sweden my info is limited, all I can comment on is my own experiences within Stockholm housing, which as you can imagine is very very crowded.
I received my room through Karolinska AB housing and I signed up within the same hour that I found out I had gotten my masters in KI! I recommend signing up as soon as possible if the university you are applying to has a housing system for international students as naturally, the earlier the better. Once arrived in Stockholm and you have been enrolled in your university you must join the student union, in Karolinska it costs 195SEK to join each semester, once a member of a student union you can continue to accrue days once the limit of 90 days without being a member of a student union is reached on SSSB https://www.sssb.se another student housing website in order to ensure you will have enough days to get accommodation next year. In Stockholm usually over 300 days is barely enough, Thus the earlier you sign up the better. This is important for me because Karolinska housing is only available for 1 year. However if you are a fee paying student you are guaranteed accommodation for the first year. Of course there is also blocker.se which offer housing, all in swedish, but I found my search so unsuccessful. There is a real bias for women and as a guy the chances of finding somewhere is low…at least in my experience.
Once I discovered I had accommodation in PAX, I discovered there was no pictures or virtual clues to what the room would look like and so here is a look at what a room in PAX looks like.I really like my room, it is a great size and it is great I have my own bathroom with shower with free access to the laundry based on a booking system. The kitchen is a ‘share’ kitchen and I share that with 7 other housemates, which is very common at least in Stockholm. We have our own designated areas in the kitchen , complete with locks!
My Room in Pax
Good luck on your house hunt!