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Sweden: Student accommodation getting easier to find

Sweden 21 June 2006, 20:14

One of the hardest parts about coming to Sweden to study has traditionally been finding accommodation. Student housing shortages have long been acute, with students often forced to rent in the private market while waiting for student accomodation to come free.

One of the hardest parts about coming to Sweden to study has traditionally been finding accommodation. Student housing shortages have long been acute, with students often forced to rent in the private market while waiting for student accommodation to come free. No longer.

Over the past six months, student accommodation waiting lists have shrivelled away, reports Swedish Newspaper Dagens Nyheter. This coming fall looks set to be the first time in a generation that most - or even all - students will have access to student housing if they want it. Where there are queues, it is mainly because people are looking to trade in their student apartment for a better one. According to the article, the strong demand for student housing has finally resulted in new housing being built. The effect is nationwide, from Uppsala to Linköping to Lund.

This is good news for international students, who often do not have the option of spending a year on a waiting list before getting access to student accommodation. Student unions traditionally manage student organization on Swedish campuses, often in cooperation with real estate management companies that specialize in student housing.

Contact the student union of the university you've been accepted to as soon as possible if you need accommodation, so that they can help you find a place to live. Stockholm, which has Sweden's largest concentration of universities, is served by the SSCO, an umbrella organisation of student unions.

The SSCO maintains a website listing these student housing companies in and around Stockholm. Although the link list is in Swedish, many of the sites it points to have information in English. If you will be studying in Stockholm, this is good place to begin your search, or have a feel for what's available and at what price.

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