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It’s not news that there is a huge lack of housing in Stockholm – especially for students. In the Stockholm region there are over 90,000 students but only around 17,000 student accommodations. The queuing time for a student corridor room is approximately 1 year and for a student apartment approximately 3-4 years. In practice, this means that many students are almost finished with their entire course before they are offered their own accommodation.

It obviously feels tough for someone who is going to study in Stockholm and you could easily become stressed and anxious about your housing situation. For many the first study period begins with subletting or lodging. It could be a friend or a relative, but you can also find a room through ads. Regardless who is subletting to you, it is important to sign a contract and agree upon the terms and conditions for each party. Never pay any rent before having seen the accommodation and having signed a contract. Some further tips that will increase your chances of finding accommodation are:

  • Join several queues and search actively. This is a good list (Swedish only).
  • Use your social network to broadcast that you are looking for accommodation.
  • Search together with fellow students or friends.
  • Don’t forget about Stockholm’s neighbouring municipalities when looking for accommodation.

Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder

SSSB has nearly 8,000 student rooms and apartments spread out over all of Stockholm. Only students who are members of a SSCO-affiliated student union may apply for housing through SSSB. As a tenant you also need to read at least 15 higher education points (Sw. högskolepoäng) (or equivalent) per term at a higher education institution in Stockholm, whose student union is affiliated with SSCO.

The Stockholm Housing Agency

The Stockholm Housing Agency hosts Stockholm city’s housing queue and provide rented accommodation in the entire Stockholm region, through both municipal and private property owners. Aside from regular rented accommodation the Agency also provide student and youth housing. The queuing times vary depending on the supply, area and how active you are. It costs 200 SEK per year to queue and you can register and start collecting queuing days as soon as you turn 18. During 2017 approximately 2,500 student accommodations were provided through the Stockholm Housing Agency.

Akademisk kvart

Akademisk kvart is a subletting intermediary agency aimed at students. To advertise or respond to ads is always free. Akademisk kvart is not for profit.
Akademisk kvart aims to only provide accommodation that has a reasonable rent in relation to students’ general economy. All ads are manually reviewed before they are published, to avoid unreasonable rent requests and fake ads, which makes the agency a safer alternative than many other similar services on the internet.

If you would like to know more about the housing situation for students in Stockholm you can read SSCO’s reports here (Swedish only).