Student accommodation in Sweden

Before you arrive (and even when you get there) accommodation can be difficult to find as universities have no obligation to help provide their students with somewhere to live. If you haven't found somewhere before the start of term, most students will stay in hostels until they find somewhere more permanent. 

While the universities have no obligation to help students, many often have a number of different housing companies associated with them who help their students to find somewhere to live. The most important thing to do is register with as many housing providers as you can, as early as you can. Rooms are allocated on a queue system where the longer you've been on the list, the more likely you are to be offered somewhere to live so the sooner you can register, the more likely you are to get offered a place to live.

While you'll obviously have standards, it's a good idea not to be too picky; if you turn somewhere down because it's not perfect, it could be a long time before you're offered anything else. 

If you can't fins somewhere in student accommodation you always have the option to rent or sub-let privately. If you choose to do this, search everywhere you can; online, in newspapers and adverts, social media and speak to older students who might have heard about something. 

When you're applying to rent somewhere privately, you'll probably have to send in an application letter; in this you need to make sure you present yourself positively so the landlord will take you seriously and view you as a good potential tenant, and therefore, you'll be more likely to be offered the place to live.