Tuition-fee paying students are guaranteed accommodation through KI Housing, 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 lack 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.

Student accommodation

Karolinska Institutet Housing AB

We advise all students who need accommodation in Stockholm to contact Karolinska Institutet Housing to have your name placed on a waiting list as soon as your receive your notification of selection results or acceptance letter. For more information and to download application forms for first-hand accommodation, visit

State the following as your contact at Karolinska Institutet on their application form (this applies to Bachelor's and Master's students only):


Eva Feron

Telefon: 08-524 868 65
Enhet: Student- och karriärservice

Exchange students

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.

Housing Anywhere

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.

Read more about Housing Anywhere.

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.

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 centre increases. The largest website for housing association flats (and houses) is Hemnet, which lists the majority of properties for sale.


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.

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

Akademisk Kvart
Bostad direkt (subletting)
Andra hand
Blocket (Swedish only)
Housing agency

CasaSwap - international housing network

CasaSwap is a free international housing network, where you can rent, sublet and swap accommodation with other members from all over the world.

Temporary accommodation

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
Stay on someone's couch through

Home insurance

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. Please find a few options below.

Dina Titkova, Bioentrepreneurship student from Russia
Ian Olson, Biomedicine student from the USA
Kazem Behbahani, Toxicology student from the USA
Mina Makar, Health Informatics student from Egypt

Student interviews

Name: Michaela Zoi Theodoridou
Age: 21
Moved from: Kalmar
Now lives in: Student flat in Flemingsberg, Huddinge

How long did it take you to arrange accommodation in Stockholm after you had been admitted to KI?

It didn't take that long, about two weeks, since I have family up here who helped me find something. I got tips on some websites showing available accommodation.

What is the best student accommodation that you have had?

I've only had one flat, so I've got nothing to compare with. I think the flat I'm living in is fine. It's close to the university, a supermarket and a commuter train station. What more do you need?

Do you have any advice for new students on arranging accommodation in Stockholm?

If you have contacts in Stockholm, it's a good idea to ask them how they got hold of their flat (it's a bonus if they're students too). If that doesn't work, then try Google! It never fails.

Name: Truls Gråberg
Age: 25
Moved from: Linköping
Now lives in: Housing association flat in Johanneshov

How long did it take you to arrange accommodation in Stockholm after you had been admitted to KI?

About eight weeks. I asked friends and acquaintances if they knew someone who'd be prepared to rent out a place in Stockholm.

What is the worst student accommodation that you have had?

My sublet in Hornstull. The flat had bright blue walls and a tiny bright red kitchen without an extractor fan. I tried to freshen it up, but I never got it really nice.

Do you have any advice for new students on arranging accommodation in Stockholm?

Don't be fussy! Be prepared to move around, it's what Stockholmers do all the time. Go by travel time, not distance!