Finding a place to live in Stockholm is hard. Finding and securing a place to live when you’re not from Sweden and aren’t accommodated with how things work here is even harder. Hence this post to give you an extra boost of information for this complex and extremely frustrating process.
Knowing where to look first off is probably a good place to start the process – where, you might ask:
- Akademisk kvart: www.akademiskkvart.se (Tip: they also provide examples of what an housing agreement looks like)
- the Student Union (SUS): http://www.sus.su.se/en/housing-tips (Tip: a great place for general advice regarding the process and additional useful tips)
- Studentlya.nu: www.studentlya.nu/international
- City of Stockholm Housing Office: http://www.bostad.stockholm.se
- SSSB (Stiftelsen Stockholms studentbostäder: http://www.sssb.se/index.php?page=home_eng (Tip: they are a student housing provider with apartments available all over the city as well as on Stockholm University’s student campuses – membership with SUS is needed for an account)
- BostadDirekt: http://www.bostaddirekt.com (Tip: a private website with listings for apartment rentals, though you will need to pay a fee for access)
- Blocket.se: http://www.blocket.se (Tip: you have to go with your own wit and smarts when using this site, as anyone can post scam listings, et cetera)
- Notice boards at the university
- Sublet offers in local newspapers
And as a golden rule: never pay a ‘deposit’ without first seeing the apartment for yourself and signing a agreement/contract. Be careful, be persistent, and don’t lose hope – this process is hard, but definitely not impossible! Otherwise, all us international students would be living on the streets and we surely aren’t in that predicament.