Living expenses and funding

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

Students from EU/EEA countries and students from other countries who hold a valid student residence permit are permitted to work. Note, however, that it may be difficult to acquire work 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 8190 SEK/month. The budget calculations below are partly based on this minimum requirement, but for many students the higher numbers are more realistic. 

Item Expenditure (SEK)
Food  2 200 - 3 000
Accommodation 

3 500 - 10 000

Student Union fee, books 200
Local travel 800
Other (insurance, phone, clothing, leisure, etc.) 1 500
Total/Month (SEK) 8 200 - 15 500

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