availability of accommodation varies considerably from
place to place. Usually, there is plenty of accommodation
available at schools located in smaller and middle-sized
cities or towns. Unfortunately, the situation is more
difficult in the larger cities, especially in Stockholm
and Göteborg, and in the traditional student cities of
Lund and Uppsala.
Often, the number of students exceeds the number of rooms
that universities and university colleges have on offer
and waiting times are long. However, there are alternatives.
In addition to contacting your student union, you can also try contacting
student housing providers directly. Associations and companies
that provide student housing have set up a website for locating local housing providers.
rent a flat in the private market. Though usually more
expensive, it is a viable option for some students. It
is not uncommon for students to share a bigger flat with
several rooms. You may also be able to rent a single room
privately. Other sources of information are local newspapers
and message boards at your university.
provided by student unions or by third parties, accommodation catering
expressly for students is often the preferred option,
however. Student flats or rooms tend to be less expensive
than private alternatives; they give you a chance to meet
fellow students and participate in social activities,
and they are often close to lecture halls, libraries and
on availability, you can choose to live by yourself or
in a shared student flat where you will have your own
room but share a bathroom/toilet. Flats can be furnished
students prefer to live in a student dormitory. This can
be an enjoyable experience. It gives students from all
over the world an opportunity to get to know each other
and make friends.
But it can also be demanding. Students living in the same
corridor may have very different cultural backgrounds,
different habits and ideas about how to do things. Most
dormitories have 10-15 single rooms in each corridor.
A kitchen is shared by 4-15 students. Female and male
students live in the same corridor. Often there is also
a communal television room.
Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and the communal
kitchen. Although rooms are let with basic furniture,
there are no blankets, pillows, sheets, towels or light
Some utensils may be available in the communal kitchen
but you will usually have to bring your own plates, cutlery,
pots and pans, etc. Some student unions rent these. Most
student housing areas have laundrettes. There is a booking
list and a small fee is payable for the use of a washing
machine. Rent for accommodation must be paid in advance.
located in smaller towns, accommodation prices ranged
from 2,000 kr. to 3,000 kr. for a room. For universities
located in medium-sized towns, accommodation prices ranged
from 2,200 kr. to 3,300 kr. for a room. For universities
located in cities, accomodation prices ranged from 2,400
kr. to 3,400 kr. for a room. (
Note that 1 SEK equals around NRs.10.00)
To find out the precise availability and prices for student accommodation,
contact the student union at your university or University College.