Finding an accommodation in Stockholm

For those who have not yet found any accommodation, I am going to try to help you find one. Don’t give up!

As an international student, I was able to find housing through Karolinska Housing for the first year. I lived in PAX and really loved the location. However, you are only guaranteed housing for a year and then you go back to your parents’ basement or you opt to look for an accommodation. It took me a month before I found my new place. Compared to others, I would say it was a pleasant find.

I am now moving to Farsta Strand for the second year and this blog is a guide on how to get your accommodation, either for your first or the years to follow.

  1. SSSB

This is Stockholm Student Bostadar, a student housing. You should register 120 days before your enrollment date so if you haven’t done so, get on it! Once you get to KI, you will have to be part of a student association called MF (Medicinska Föreningen) in order to continue using your SSSB account. I personally did not make use of my account with SSSB simply because I had very specific things I wanted in an apartment. I also did not want to live in a student housing for my second year.

How does it work and how do you use it?

  1. Register on the website
  2. Start collecting points
  3. View listings of houses and see how many point you have (the earlier you register, the better).
  4. Apply to the ones you quality for.

2. Bostaddirekt

This is where I found my new accommodation. This is where individuals put up an ad for an entire apartment, a room, a studio, a separate attached studio etc…and most (I would say 85%) are fully furnished. The price range is 3200 SEK to 8500 SEK.

How does it work and how do you use it?

  1. Create a profile at Bostaddirekt
  2. Scroll to prospective places (only look for ones with pictures. Pictures show that the renter is serious about renting and you have a slight proof that the room does exist).
  3. Show interest by clicking “show interest”
  4. The owner then contacts you to arrange a meeting
  5. Don’t agree to anything before seeing the place, and discussing any issues you might have. Make sure there is a contract- even a page will suffice.

3. Facebook pages

  1. Lappis 
  2. Lägenheter i Stockholm

Both these pages are very helpful if you keep checking your fb regularly. Lappis (Lappkärrsberget) is a university community that that is about 45 minutes from Solna so most of the students from Karolinska rarely rent any from Lappis. However, there are also people who post houses that are not in Lappis so give it a shot. The second one (Lägenheter i Stockholm) works in a similar fashion except these include more areas in Stockholm. Another perk of these two pages is that you can post a profile of yourself as well as what type of room, price range, etc… you are looking for and people will contact you.

4. Blocket

This is my least favorite as I emailed about 12-15 people, managed to get 5 responses but nothing went farther. The fact that I was looking to rent houses from late August onward when it was still mid- May might have played a role. That is one thing- most renters advertise on average 2-3 weeks in advance of tentative moving date.

How does it work and how do you use it?

  1. Create an account
  2. Scroll to prospective places (only look for ones with pictures. Pictures show that the renter is serious about renting and you have a slight proof that the room does exist).
  3.  Message them with a blurb about yourself or give them a call. About 50% have their phone numbers on their ad.
  4. Answer a few questions they might have and if it all goes well, arrange a viewing.

TIPS

  1. Keep emailing and bombarding potential renters
  2. Tell your network to keep an eye or ear out for any students moving out (some of their friends might be going for an erasmus)
  3. Three words- Global Health students. This is one of the one-year master’s program at KI. This means that most will move out of their places within a year so you can always cozy up to students in this program (I know it worked for 2 friends).
  4. I know its only a month out before school commences but most renters publicize 2-3 weeks in advance so keep looking!!

 

Stay tuned!

You can contact me at Nuhamin.petros@stud.ki.se

 

 

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