There are a few things to keep in mind prior to your arrival and at the start of the semester.
1. Accept your offer
You must reply to your offer in order to keep places you have been offered.
SLU guarantees accommodation for exchange students and fee-paying students. Other students need to find their own accommodation.
Once you have been accepted as a student at SLU, it is time to think about accommodation options. Finding an appropriate place to stay can be a time-consuming process. Below you find some useful links for each campus.
NB. If you have guaranteed accommodation through SLU, you may have to arrange your own accommodation for the first night if you cannot come during office hours to collect your keys.
Alnarp is close to the two cities Malmö and Lund. It is easy to commute to Campus Alnarp from both Malmö and Lund.
You can also join Studentlund and a student nation (student social club) in Lund. Studentlund membership gives you access to housing, cultural events, social activities, clubs, sports activities and much more.
To join a nation and get your membership you must travel to Lund and visit your chosen nation. Here is how you do it.
Campus Ultuna - Uppsala
Start your search for accommodation by visiting SLU's page on accommodation in Uppsala.
If you have not been able to find anywhere to stay, Studentboet organises emergency housing for the autumn semester. At the Studentboet Facebook page you will also find the most recent ads for accommodation in Uppsala.
You can also join a student nation. The nations offer housing, social activities, sports, clubs, cultural events and much more. There are 13 student nations to choose from in Uppsala.
Start your search for accommodation by visiting the SLU accommodation page for Umeå.
Bostaden is Umeå's largest housing company.
2. Residence permit for students from outside the European Union
If you are planning to study at SLU for more than 3 months and you are NOT an EU/EES citizen, you will need a residence permit. Please follow the steps listed below for obtaining a residence permit. You can read more on the Swedish Migration Agency's website.
Step 1: Go to Migrationsverkets website.
Step 2: Ensure you have all of the following documents, which you will need to upload as part of your application for a residence permit:
- A copy of your passport (which must be valid during the time which you will live in Sweden)
- A letter of acceptance to a full-time study program at SLU
- Bank statements which prove you will be able to support yourself during your study period, or scholarship*
- Proof of a comprehensive insurance policy**
*For applications submitted 1 January 2018 or later, the maintenance requirement is at least SEK 8,190 per month. Your bank statements must show that you have secured at least this amount of money through your own bank assets, grants, or scholarships for the entire period of your studies. If you will study for more than one year, you need to show your maintenance is secured for 10 months of the year.
**If you are registered with the Civil Registry in Sweden, you will be considered to have a comprehensive healthcare insurance policy. You will be registered in the Civil Registry if you are accepted to a course of study for more than one year. Otherwise, you must be insured by your country of origin or have your own insurance.
Step 3: Pay the tuition fee to SLU. If you are not an EU citizen, you will be required to pay tuition fees, and proof of payment is required for your residence permit application. If you will receive a scholarship that covers your study costs, you are required to send a confirmation of the scholarship that proves your tuition fees will be covered.
Step 4: Fill out the application online. Once you begin your application, your data will only save for 48 hours before it is erased and you have to start again, so make sure you have all documents ready to upload when you begin. Use the following link to create an account and begin your application: Online application for residence permit.
- Start by clicking ''new application'' under Kind of Studies
- Fill in all your personal information
- Be sure to select the Swedish embassy or consulate located closest to you, where you will have to collect your residence permit before you travel to Sweden
- Upload the documents listed above in step 2
Step 5: Pay the application fee of 1000 SEK, payable online only, with either Visa or MasterCard.
Once you have completed the steps and submitted your application, it can take between 1-3 months for a decision, so be sure to apply early. It is possible they might contact you before the decision is reached for further information. The decision will be reached faster if they do not ask you for further information.
Upon receiving a decision, you will be asked to visit the consular office or embassy you selected in your application to have your biometrics taken. This means you will have your fingerprints and official photograph taken. After your biometrics are taken, you can pick up your residence permit approximately 1-2 weeks later.
NOTE: If you do not live in the same city as the nearest Swedish consular office or embassy, you can elect to have your biometrics taken and to pick up your residence permit upon arrival to Sweden at Migrationsverket. This is only possible if your passport allows you to travel to Sweden as a tourist with no visa or residence permit. If your passport requires a visa or residence permit to travel to Sweden, this will not be possible, and you will need to arrange to visit the closest consular office or embassy in your home country.
Below is information on the different insurances you are covered by as an international student in Sweden. What your insurance covers depends on what student category you belong to, see below what applies to you.
It is important that you address the insurance issue before your travel to Sweden. You may need additional insurance depending on your specific situation. Read more about insurance cover for international students in Sweden.
For more information, and if you have further questions on insurance, please visit Kammarkollegiet's website.
NB. If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card. These are issued by your national health insurance provider.
We also suggest that you visit SLU's web page on insurance. Additional information is available at Study in Sweden.
Students who pay tuition fees and scholarship students
The Swedish state provides an insurance called FAS+ which includes property cover. It is available for citizens of countries that are not members of the European Union/EEA, and for citizens of Switzerland, who are studying an undergraduate or Master's level course or programme in Sweden and pay tuition fees for their studies. This includes scholarship students.
As an international student studying in Sweden you are covered by insurance 24 hours/day. The Personal Injury Insurance covers you while you are on the university's premises. The Student IN insurance is a complement to the Personal Injury Insurance. For more information, see Kammarkollegiet's web.
Free movers and non-fee paying students
As a free mover or non-fee paying student in Sweden, you have free insurance that covers you while you are on the university's premises and during the journey to and from university. This insurance is called GIF group and personal insurance.
Additional insurance is highly recommended.
4. Cost of living
It is good to be prepared for the cost of living in Sweden. Sweden is a relatively expensive country. Expect living costs to be between SEK 8,000 and 9,000 a month (appr. EUR 850-950 or USD 900-1,000).
5. Swedish weather
Sweden can have winter temperatures around -30 degrees Celsius, even if this is not common in the southern parts of the country. Summer temperatures can rise to at least +30 degrees Celsius and everything in between.
To have appropriate clothes for every season can be costly. Second-hand shops often offer cheaper alternatives. Mittens, hat, a winter coat/jacket and padded boots are recommended if you are staying for winter. Rain clothes are also very useful even during summertime. Since Sweden is a long country, depending on if you are staying in Umeå, Uppsala or Alnarp, winter temperatures will differ and the spring will arrive later the further north you are.
For students staying in Sweden for less than six months, it is easier to make banking arrangements with your home bank than opening a bank account in Sweden. If you are staying in Sweden more than six months and want to open a bank account, this information is a good start:
7. Learning Swedish
Are you eager to learn some Swedish before you arrive? Here is a free online introduction course you can join: Learning Swedish.
You may also apply for a Swedish course for immigrants (SFI) from Hermods for free. Hermods also offer online courses.