Sweden Moving to Sweden

As soon as you arrive in Sweden, contact the Student service of your university where you'll get a wide range of information and advice.

  • Find housing
  • Arrange for practicalities
  • Connect with people, meet your future classmates
  • Discover Sweden and your new city

and don't miss the intro week!

Before you start your application process, make sure you have all your documents ready .

Plan your studies in 7 steps

  1. Understand the Swedish higher education system
  2. Search for courses and choose your programme  
  3. Prepare your application on  Universityadmissions.se
  4. Prove your English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS test
  5. Turn in your application online by the mid-January deadline, in order to receive your notification of selection results at the end of March.
  6. Accept your offer by mid April.
  7. Start looking for an accomodation as early as you can. Contact the housing office of your university for help.

Now it's time to buy your ticket and go to Sweden!

Health insurance

No extra insurance needed 

As a citizen from an EU/EEA country, your European Health Insurance Card gives you the right to medical care at the same costs as Swedes. There is no need for extra insurance!

If you’ll be staying in Sweden for more than a year, you can register with the Swedish Tax Agency for a personal identity number. Once you’ve received your number, you’ll be entitled to all healthcare and pay Swedish patient fees.

Visit a doctor

If you need to visit a doctor, you can either make an appointment at the student health centre at your university or go to the local healthcare centre vårdcentralen. Patient fees vary but are usually about SEK 150-200 for a consultation. Doctors in Sweden speak good English!


First step: contact the accommodation service at your university!

Finding a room, especially in bigger cities like Stockholm  or Gothenburg, might be difficult! Get started as early as possible!

If you choose to live in a student accomodation, you will often be put on a waiting list. You also have the possibility to find an apartement within the private market. Monthly rental costs vary considerably between roughly SEK 2 500 and SEK 6 500 (270 € and 700 €).

University accommodation

Most universities offer accommodation services for international students. They will give you advices on where and how to find a room in a:

  • student residence hall or dormitory,
  • building of student flats.

Private accommodation

The housing office at your university should be able to offer general advice on finding private accommodation in your city, and may have information on available flats.

Living expenses

Prices can vary considerably depending on where you live and how you live. To help you get a better idea of how to budget,  have a look at budget guides written by several  bloggers on Studyinsweden.se.

Accommodation: SEK 3,700 ( between  SEK 2,500 and SEK 6,500 in big cities like Stockholm).

Food: SEK 2.000
Local travel: SEK 550
Phone/internet: SEK 300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1.450

Thus, an average budget could be around SEK 8.000 (850 €) per month.

Please notice the actual currency rate: 1 € = 9,72 SEK. 

Student job & internship

Swedish regulation

As an international student in Sweden, you are allowed to work alongside your studies. There is no official limitation to how many hours you can work.

Finding a job or an internship

On study in sweden website you will find lots of usefull  links!

Some universities have careers services that can help you find a part-time student job.

Internships could be part of your study programme. In that case, check the requirements and all details with the careers service at your university. You can also contact companies directly for internship placements. Many larger companies have established internship programmes.

Students with special needs

Swedish universities are  working to ensure equal opportunities for everybody.

If you are coming to Sweden to study an entire bachelor’s or master’s programme,  you will have to discuss and arrange your support with your university before you move.

Contact the student services office first : they will point you in the right direction.

More information on studyinsweden.se

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