Living costs and funding

On this page you can find information on living costs and funding.

The cost of living in Sweden is high and international students must be prepared for this. Karolinska Institutet do not offer financial support for students to cover their living costs. Students have to finance their stay in Sweden with grants, study assistance from their home country and/or personal funds.

By joining the student union, you are eligible for a Mecenat card offering you a wide range of student discount in areas such as travel, food, leisure, clothing, books etc.

Students from EU/EEA countries and students from other countries who hold a valid residence permit for studies are permitted to work. Note, however, that it may be difficult to find extra jobs in Stockholm.

Average monthly budget

Living costs in Stockholm is to a large extent dependent on what kind of accommodation you manage to find as this varies a lot. It is also dependent on what kind of lifestyle you prefer as well as where in the city you live. Just like in any other city it is possible to find cheap places for food even in expensive Stockholm.

For students who need to apply for a residence permit at The Swedish Migration Board, they require a minimum of 9,450 SEK/month. The budget calculations below are partly based on this minimum requirement, but for many students the higher numbers are more realistic.

Average monthly budget
Item Expenditure
Food 2,810
Accommodation 3,500 - 7,000
Student Union fee, books 200
Local travel 850
Other (insurance, phone, clothing, leisure, etc.) 1,970
Total/Month (SEK) 10,520-14,020