Hello! I hope most of you have already submitted your applications to KI. While you eagerly wait for the results, there are certain logistics that you could look into.
As you are aware, the cost of living in Stockholm is extremely high. It is highly recommended to ensure that you have a constant source of income either in the form of a scholarship or personal funds for the entire duration of the master’s program. While there are ways to earn some money working part-time, it would mostly not suffice. You can use it as a source of additional income, but do not rely on getting enough money from part-time jobs to be able to survive.
If you are a non EU student and are required to pay tuition fees, there are scholarships that you can apply for. As for the scholarship given by the Swedish Institute and the Karolinska Institutet’s Global Master’s Scholarship, if you do not get a position in the first year you will not be eligible to apply in the second year. If you are completely dependent on a scholarship to fund your tuition fee, ensure that the funding is available for the entire duration of the master’s program.
Finding a house is one of the most difficult tasks in Stockholm. It gets tougher as a student with low budgets. The only way around it is to start by looking early. KI housing offers student accommodation for first year students. The houses are allotted on a first come first serve basis, so sign up for it as soon as you get the admission letter. Also keep in mind that as a masters student, there is a higher possibility of being allotted a house if you apply for a room in student corridor instead of a studio or an apartment.
If you plan to look for accommodation on your own, start as early as you can (I would say the minute you have gotten your admission letter!). Reaching Stockholm first and then deciding to look for a place will only lead you to one airbnb after another and this is not really the best way to spend your first few weeks in Stockholm!
It is good to know what to prioritize once you know you’ve made it in to KI 🙂 If you have any questions, feel free to drop an e-mail. Hope to see you here soon!