Student housing and halls of residence in Sweden

Studieboliger og kollegier i Sverige
Read about student housing and housing allowance for students in Sweden.

Student housing

If you are planning to move to Sweden to study, you can look for a rental flat (hyresrätt) or a tenant-owned flat (bostadsrätt) on the housing market.

However, students often prefer to apply for a corridor room (studentkorridor) in a hall of residence (kollegium) or look for a student flat (studentbostad).

It is generally cheaper to live in a hall of residence than in a flat, but the accommodation space is naturally smaller. If you live in a hall of residence in Sweden, you generally only pay rent for the nine months you are actually studying.

Because of the low rent and because it is difficult to find flats, there are normally long waiting lists for rooms in halls of residence in the larger cities. Consequently, it is a good idea to put your name on the waiting list for a room in a hall of residence as early as possible.

You do this by contacting the hall of residence or the student guidance service at the educational establishment where you will be studying.

The educational establishments do not generally have accommodation available, and this area is generally served by various housing associations. Every housing association has its own rules regarding waiting lists and rentals, so there are often several different waiting lists in the large university cities. Consequently, you cannot transfer a good position on a waiting list from one housing association or in one city to another.

If you want to find information about which associations offer student housing, or if you want to look for student housing in different cities, you can look at the website ‘sokstudentbostad’. You can also look at the websites of different educational establishments for information about student housing in the city in question.

You can read more about what you should think of in relation to contracts and about your rights on the Info Norden page ‘Housing in Sweden’ under the heading ‘Rental property’. You can also read more on the ‘Om boende’ website (in Swedish).

The Swedish Union of Tenants (Hyresgästföreningen) is a membership organisation for tenants. As a member, you can receive support if, for example, problems arise with the landlord.

Other housing options

If you are interested in renting a flat when you are studying in Sweden, contact the municipality in which you are studying for information about how to put your name on municipal waiting lists.

Finding a rental flat may be difficult in the big cities in Sweden, so you should also check what is available through private landlords in your municipality, and look at some of the private housing portals.

In Sweden, subletting contracts (andrahandskontrakt) are very common, as finding rental property is difficult. If you have a subletting contract, it means you are not the sitting tenant in the flat - you are renting it from the primary tenant, not the owner of the property.

International students

If you are an international student, you should contact the educational establishment to see if they can offer accommodation. In some cases, a number of flats are reserved for international students.

Housing allowance for students

As a student in Sverige, you may be entitled to housing allowance (bostadsbidrag) from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). Housing allowance is based on the information you give regarding income and rent on the form when you apply for housing allowance. If you earn more than expected, you may be forced to pay back the money.

Students with disabilities

If you have a disability, you can read more about the benefits you may be entitled to on the website ‘Studying with disabilities’.

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