I guess most of the students joining KTH have already arrived in Stockholm, I’ve been working on the arrival day services at the airport and on the bus and It’s been pleasant meeting so many people, especially when I had talked to a lot of them during past six months.
The most common question I faced apart from the normal SL card related questions was, where to buy stuff, so I thought why not answer that question once for all.
I had started to write this blog two weeks ago but then I had the busiest two weeks ever in Stockholm, so everything got delayed.
Being infamous as one of the most expensive cities in Europe, Stockholm definitely needs a shopping guide to tell people where NOT to shop and where to.
I’ve had a prejudice about prices of electronics stuff in Sweden, that everything is expensive here than the rest of world but this month I ended up buying a pair of headphones and a GoPro for a price 10% lower than what I’d have paid in India. So I guess it’s not always a bad deal, but it’s always good to compare the prices at various Swedish stores, and that’s where these two websites come into play:
Prisjakt – Search prices on all stores
Pricerunner – Price comparison
There are a lot of stores around Stockholm where you can buy electronic items. Following are the major ones.
Mediamrkt – The best part of this store is, you can try most of the stuff, I tried on 20+ headphones before choosing the one I bought and I just keep going there to try on different camera lenses as well.
Kjell & Company – A lot of stores, a bit expensive, one can even buy small electronics components for projects (Audrino etc as well)
Biltema – Huge stores, nominal prices, go there if you want to buy something huge (You can get the cool white lights here)
Jula – Huge stores, nominal prices (You can get the cool white lights here)
Webhallen – You can get nearly everything here, you cannot try anything before you buy.
IKEA – Self explanatory
Öob – Cosmetics, Food, Electronics, Furniture
Teknikmagasinet – A lot of stores, a bit expensive.
There are 6 major grocery stores around Stockholm
Coop (Prices: High) – If you’re on a student budget, you should be blind to all of the coop stores, they are far more expensive than any of the below stores, I never bought anything from coop except potato wedges.
ICA (Prices: Moderate) – One of the places where you use the rule of wise shopping, the way it works is, ICA always has weekly offers, so keep an eye on those offers and buy whatever is cheaper in that week. Otherwise, ICA is expensive.
Hemköp (Prices: Moderate) – The price range of Hemköp lies somewhere between ICA and Coop, so not the cheapest of options.
Willys (Prices: Low) – Probably the cheapest of Swedish stores, one can go there for mega grocery shopping, even the milk prices are lower than usual. I find this as the cheapest place for buying toiletries.
Lidl (Prices: Low) – That’s a shopper’s paradise, good price coupled with affordable price, I’d recommend this to everyone, especially for dairy and bakery products, also frozen food here is cheap and of good quality. And yes, cheapest chocolate and chips.
ÖoB (Prices: Moderate) – I won’t classify this as a particular grocery store, it’s a hybrid of IKEA and ICA, but if you keep an eye on offers, you might find electronics stuff for cheap. On top of everything, I find this as the most reasonable place for buying cosmetics, be it shampoo or shower gel it’s cheaper than other stores except Willys.
IKEA (Prices: Low) – IKEA is not particularly a grocery store, but once you have exited the billing counter, you’d be standing next to food department, and believeµ me, IKEA is the best place for buying frozen Pizza, Veg balls, meatballs and Kanelbullar, chocolate is also comparatively cheaper.
You have to be alert of the offers and discounts when buying clothes, because the same thing might cost you even less than half during discounts, generally the biggest discount season starts from Christmas and another discount time is during July, also there are some discounts on black Friday.
The stores from where I have shopped mostly is HnM, Zara, and Dressman (Obviously when there were discounts).
One can visit stores at Kista Galleria Mall, Mall of Scandinavia, Gallerian Mall at Kungsträgården, Ostermalstorg, Hamngatan, Täby, Vasastan, Hötorget, Globen Shopping Mall etc. I don’t end up buying most of my clothes when I’m traveling out of Sweden, so I haven’t explored a lot in Stockholm.
One would be surprised but the best winter socks I found were at Clas Ohlson.
The major sports stores are Stadium, Intersport and Decathlon. Decathlon is probably the best as far as I have experienced, especially for buying winter shoes.
IKEA and Clas Ohlson are best, JYSK and Öob are easy to find stores for quick shopping visits.
Myrorna is the best second-hand store, as far as I know, The myrorna store at Ropsten is the largest and sometimes offers student discounts as well.
Emmaus is another good thrift store, apart from that Stockholm Stadsmission has stores spread across the city with a good collection, though it’s priced higher than Myrorna.
Keep an eye on the Facebook groups for second-hand shopping as well, these are the two most active groups for this:
If you study at KTH, my first advice for Stationery shopping would be: don’t buy anything, just go to the career fairs and you’ll have enough stationery for one year.
If you still want to buy, Clas Ohlson is good for buying notebooks, so is Öob, you can get anything and everything at Office Depot though it’s expensive compared to the former two stores, Scan through the Second-Hand stores before buying folders, staplers, punch etc.
There are a lot of stores around the city but the most popular ones near to the most common accommodations are Kista Grocen and NGrocen at Kista and Himalaya Livs near Tekniska Högskolan. Apart from that Tajmahal is another Indian store at Drottninggatan.
If you live at Kista, then Matkanonen is another bonus for you, it has most of the Indian and daily to use stuff, and is comparatively cheaper than all of the above-listed stores, just keep an eye on the expiry dates of things when you buy, some things are about to expire within a week, so buy wisely, especially the frozen stuff.