Finding housing in Stockholm as a student can be tricky. Below we have listed some useful tips and links to help you find accommodation in Stockholm.
Tuition-fee-paying students are guaranteed accommodation through KI Housing for their first year, but must still apply for this on time. For other students, it is vital to start looking for somewhere to live as soon as you can. There is a shortage of student accommodation in the Stockholm area, and it may take a whole semester to find a room.
Waiting times for flats vary from one residential area to another. An alternative to renting a student room or flat is to share a regular flat with other students. Use the links and information below to find out about different forms of accommodation available in Stockholm.
Karolinska Institutet Housing AB
We advise all international KI students who need accommodation in Stockholm to apply for accommodation on the website of Karolinska Institutet Housing as soon as you receive your notification of selection results or acceptance letter. For more information on Karolinska Institutet Housing, visit kihousing.se.
State the following as your contact at Karolinska Institutet on their application form (this applies to Bachelor's and Master's students only):
Phone:+46-(0)8-524 868 65
Organizational unit: Education Communication, Guidance and Alumni Relations
Exchange students who come to study at Karolinska Institutet within an established exchange agreement are eligible to apply for accommodation through Karolinska Institutet Housing AB (KI Housing) as described above. When you have been admitted to Karolinska Institutet as an exchange student, your international student coordinator at Karolinska Institutet will contact KI Housing to let them know that you are eligible to apply for accommodation. Please note that Karolinska Institutet cannot guarantee accommodation for all exchange students.
The unions in the Stockholm Federation of Student Unions (SSCO) maintain an online list of different student accommodation companies. You can stay in student accommodation for as long as you remain a student but must move out as soon as you complete your studies. Most companies also demand that you complete a certain number of credits per semester in order to qualify for tenancy.
You are recommended to become a member of a student union, which entitles you to sign up to be on the waiting list for accommodation through SSSB (the largest provider of student housing in Stockholm). As an admitted student to Karolinska Institutet, you can sign up at SSSB 90 days prior to being a member in the student union which entitles you to important queue points (one day is one point). Remember that you must register with the same e-mail address at SSSB and the Student Union.
Housing Anywhere is a student-to-student housing platform. The idea is that when you go for an exchange period abroad, you rent out your accommodation to an incoming exchange student.
Other rented accommodation
Stockholm operates a municipal accommodation agency that you can sign up with. The cost of joining a queue for accommodation is about SEK 250 per year. Waiting times vary from one residential area to another (the inner city, not surprisingly, has the longest waiting times), but generally speaking, these times have been decreasing in recent years. They also operate a system called "Bostadssnabben" for flats that are ready for immediate occupancy on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Opportunities for subletting in Stockholm are usually quite good, but you have to be a little careful not to end up paying too high rent. Also, make sure that the landlord has given his or her consent to the sublet, otherwise, problems could arise.
Explore subletting opportunities by visiting the links below (some in Swedish only).
To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, please follow the checklist from Akademisk kvart:
- Visit the accommodation before you accept the offer
- Do not pay any money before you sign a contract
- Agree to rules before you move to the accommodation. For example, access to common areas, telephone, electricity, etc.
- Make sure to save the receipts for the paid rents
Buying your flat
There is an enormous range of housing cooperative flats in Stockholm, meaning that you "buy" the right to live in an apartment in that particular building. If you know that you will be living in Stockholm for a long period, it can be worth buying one. The prices vary widely between the inner city and the suburbs, with high square meter prices in the inner city. In outlying areas prices can vary more and are usually lower, generally decreasing as the distance to the center increases. The largest website for housing association flats (and houses) is Hemnet, which lists the majority of properties for sale.
The following links can be used if you need to find temporary accommodation while you search for somewhere more permanent. Be sure to book ahead of time, as even hotel-type accommodation can be very scarce around the start-of-term.
- Search for hostels, hotels, and bed&breakfasts at visitstockholm.com
- Stay on someone's couch through Couchsurfing.org
- Rent somebody's room or apartment on AirBnB.com
We strongly advise you to take out a home-insurance (hemförsäkring) for your stay in Stockholm. If anything is stolen from your room, or if any property is damaged or lost during your rental period, you are responsible for covering the repair or replacement costs.
If you have a residence permit for studies in Sweden for at least 12 months, you can register in Sweden and receive a Swedish personal identity number. With a Swedish personal identity number, you may take out home insurance through any Swedish insurance company.
Student voices on accommodation
The best help to find accommodation is stories from other students who have been in the same situation as you. Read our student blogs on student accommodation in Stockholm.