Dear Prospective International Students,
This post is a continuation to what I started earlier about what you can do from your home country to prepare for your move to Stockholm.
Let’s be honest, accommodation is one of the big issues for many students all over Sweden. Apart from the fact that it is generally not easy to find apartments available for rent, the owners would sometimes prefer not to rent their apartments to students because they demand more money than students can afford. Let alone the long waiting queues for available places in students dorms.
For these reasons, it is better to start searching for an apartment early enough to ensure that you’ll have a place to sleep once you land in Stockholm.
The good news is, almost everything in Sweden is accessible via the internet. You can (while in your home country) browse through a lot of websites to check the available apartments in Stockholm.
I know that many of you have a very limited budget and would prefer to get a cheap one room apartment without sharing it with anybody, but practically it would be easier for you to rent a relatively bigger apartment and share it with other students (that way you can share the rent and be able to meet the demands of owners asking for an amount of money higher than you can afford by yourself) rather than limiting your search to cheap one room apartments (that everybody is fighting for!)
I don’t know any students who are looking for apartments!
Yes, you haven’t made any contacts yet with other students (in your programme or other programmes or even other universities), but it’s not difficult to find other students who are looking for apartments in Stockholm, get in touch with them and rent an apartment together without even meeting.
A good place to start is social media networks. There’s for example a group dedicated to Prospective Students at KI (Available at: https://www.facebook.com/prospectivestudentKI). There you can meet other prospective students or even senior students who have good tips about finding apartments.
Another page that is full of links to websites where you can search for students’ accommodation is a post by Ian Olson (Available at: https://studentblogski.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/moving-on-up-to-the-north-side-how-to-find-affordable-housing-in-stockholm/).
One final thing, the price of a monthly public transport subscription (incl. bus, subway, commuter train…etc) is SEK 560 (five hundred and sixty Swedish Kronor) for students and that can take you from almost anywhere in Stockholm or the suburbs to Karolinska Institutet.. In other words, don’t limit yourself to areas just around KI as long as you can use the very convenient means of transport available in Stockholm. To be able to know more about the length of your journey from your potential place to KI, you can check www.sl.se (yes, it is all in Swedish, but use any online translate service e.g. Google Translate and make sure to translate from Swedish to English to get the best result or click on the Vistor’s tab in the same page to get it all in English)
Good luck with your search! 🙂