I’m writing this blog to address the queries of the prospective master students who would be joining KTH in Autumn 2016. Here are the questions I have recently and my response to them:
Should I buy electronics from my home or buy in Sweden?
Electronics products, mostly Laptops and phones are expensive in Sweden compared to most of the countries, in my experience, I have found prices of most of the products 20% cheaper in India than in Sweden.
Are there contracts for mobile phones?
Are there student discounts for mobile subscriptions?
Yes, Comviq has a couple of student plans, Telia gives 50 SEK discount on their all plans to students. Some operators like Hallon and Vectone are super cheap. Lyca is also quite cheap.
What would be estimated expense for first 3 months?
You can read a recent blog about Living Expenses in Stockholm for details on that. It would be same for most of the days, it’s just that you’d have to buy some stuff for your apartment that you feel, pay for the student union membership (330 SEK), and buy the regular price SL card during the first month.
How do I buy Travel Card (SL Card)?
You can buy SL card at any metro station (even at airport) at a shop called Pressbyrån, which is at every metro, you will have to pay 20 SEK for a new card and then load it with any ticket (Day pass, 72 hour,Weekly, monthly, three months), If you don’t travel much you could just load any amount in multiples of 100 SEK, and you’ll pay 25 SEK for every journey (valid for 75 minutes).
What public transport can I access with the SL Card and it’s coverage?
You can access any transport operated by SL in Zone A (Which includes all of the Stockholm and some suburbs). You can travel on all the Buses, Metro, commuter rail, tram and light rail and some Ferries operated by SL.
Here is a detailed zone map of SL, bus routes not in this for obvious reasons.
How can I get the student discount?
Student discount is only available on monthly tickets and 3-month tickets. When you’re loading your SL card you just need to ask for the student ticket (Don’t need to show any proof). You can also recharge your SL Card online or at the Kiosks. At times, there are random ticket checks in Metros or at the exits or stations, at that time, you’ll need to show your Mecent Student ID, as a proof of being a student. For the month of August don’t buy student ticket because you’d be enrolled as a student only from September.
For this, I would write a detailed blog about Public Transport in July.
How can I access banking in Sweden?
The basic requirement for having a bank account here is to have a Personal Number (that makes you a part of population register), Once you get that you can open a bank account.
Banking is neither free in Sweden, and nor you get any interest. However, for students, there are options for free accounts in ICA Bank, Nordea and Swedbank. But, for opening a bank account in Nordea and Swedbank you’ll need to have a National ID card, which costs 400 SEK (If you’re staying more than a year in Stockholm, I’d highly recommend getting one). So if you don’t have a national ID, ICA bank is your only free option. ICA is also a chain of supermarkets, so they offer some weekly discounts to the students as well.
How can I get money from my home to Sweden?
If you have a travel card, you can load it from your home bank account. Also, you could do a bank transfer from your home country to your Swedish bank account. Pretty much it’s same as the way you paid your tuition fees, it’s just that this time the payee would be you instead of KTH.
Are there any stats about how many people get jobs after masters?
As far as I know, there aren’t any. Since I get this question only from my Indian friends, I know where it comes from. There is no culture of campus placements in any country except India. The way it works is, you get ample opportunities at various Job fairs and a lot of company sponsored events to interact with people. It’s then your part to make contacts and do the follow-up conversations to get yourself an Interview.
As far as I have perceived, there is just one big key to land a job here Network with people, meet as much as people, I was at a recent event a month ago and there was a speaker at that event, who told that 4 out of 5 jobs in Sweden are in Small companies, and 7 out of 10 jobs in Sweden are not advertised, so that presents the significance of networking.
Also, a lot of students go on to form their own start-ups, couple of my friends have started their companies as well, many go for PhDs. Some go back to their old jobs with higher salaries due to improved qualifications. So you can’t actually have any exact figure for this.
How significant is Swedish language to land a job?
As per my experience, it’s very significant, you can survive in Stockholm very easily without Swedish. But again most of the jobs are in small companies, so they usually prefer candidates who can speak Swedish.
All the past blogs significant for prospective students are linked on the following page, and the future blogs would be linked here too.