It may prove difficult to find a student apartment or room in Stockholm upon your arrival, so it's advisable to arrange your accommodation before the start of the semester.
You should plan for a temporary arrangement, such as a youth hostel, before moving into permanent accommodation.
Stockholm is quite a small city and public transportation works well, so don’t get obsessed with getting a room close to the university. If you look for rooms over a large area you will have a better chance of obtaining housing. Look at www.sl.se/en/ (public transportation journey planner) to see how long it will take to get to the university from your accommodation.
For more information, check SSCO's useful and up-to-date guide via the students' union, which is about how to look for housing in Stockholm.
Many young people in Stockholm rely on the second-hand rental market - subletting - for housing. Renting second-hand can be a great way to find accommodation quickly. However, finding something affordable and secure can be a challenge. Unfortunately, there are people who try to profit from this situation, so it is not uncommon for “fake ads” to be found on websites, but they can normally be spotted if the rent sounds too good to be true.
There are several websites with private advertisers. Most of the advertisements are legitimate and serious. However, never pay anything in advance if the person does not have a Swedish bank account, cannot show the apartment or room in person, and cannot provide you with written proof from the landlord that they are allowed to rent out their apartment or room. We recommend that you only pay in advance if you are using a real estate agency (they usually charge a service fee).
This is a guide to how to spot a false housing ad: How to avoid frauds - The Ultimate Guide
Easy rental (receive email alerts when rooms become available via Blocket, AkademiskKvart & Rumakuten, in English)
Important! International students who have just arrived in Sweden do not automatically obtain a Swedish personal ID number (personnummer). They may therefore initially experience some difficulty in finding accommodation.
There are housing companies that do not require visiting students to supply a personal ID number. The Stockholm Housing Foundation, SSSB, is one of them.
It is NOT OK to ...
pay as high rent as possible just because you rent in the second place. You should always pay the same rent as the one that rents first hand, with the exception of an additional fee of max ten percent if the apartment is furnished.
pay several rents in advance.
If you pay something in advance, you should always make sure that you have received a key or a binding contract.
Also, always make sure you get a receipt for what you paid - it's so easy to be fooled!
Don't miss out on signing a contract even if it's a shorter period.
The contract must state how long you live in the apartment, how much you pay in rent and how you or the landlord can terminate the contract. Always make sure you get your own copy of the contract and save it somewhere where you don't lose it.
However, it is VERY OK to ...
be a little suspicious.
If you are going to live with someone else or rent an apartment in the second place, you can be suspicious of either too low or too high rent. It is not likely that you will pay 5000 for a small room in someone's home, but it is also not likely that someone wants to rent the same room for a thousand dollars without expecting a repairs. Google a name, or ask for a social security number and check it out. Be careful and take care of yourself!
Don't forget to make a move notification if you change adress or are new to Stockholm, you can easily do that on the Swedish Tax Agency's website - www.skatteverket.se