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Cost of living in Stockholm

“I hear Stockholm is an expensive city to live in, can you explain what a monthly budget could look like?” Is this running through your mind too? If yes, you are reading the right post. In these series of moving to Stockholm, cost of living is the next big question every student seems to be thinking about.

Let’s break down the expenses together:

  • ACCOMMODATION

This ranges from 2500SEK to 6500SEK. I know students who live in shared apartments at Fleminsberg and pay 2500SEK per month. Meanwhile, the cost of a studio apartment in the main campus cost 6500SEK. There are other apartments with their prices in between this range. For example, a single corridor apartment in the main campus costs 5000SEK and then, a single corridor apartment in Lappis costs 4300SEK.  Accommodation choice is very relative depending on personal preferences such as proximity to the main campus, desire to stay in a shared accommodation or studio apartment amongst others. Additionally, most of the student accommodation have the electricity and internet bills embedded in the accommodation prices mentioned above.

  • FOOD

For grocery shopping, there are options such as Lidl, Willy’s, Hemkop, ICA, oob and COOP. Lidl and Willy’s are the cheapest. Hence, you hear most students say they are headed to Lidl. In a month, if most of your shopping is done in Lidl (and you cook all that you eat), you can budget 800SEK to 1000SEK.

Below is a breakdown of student-priced meals that most students buy generally:

Restaurants in school: 65SEK to 89SEK

Baguette sandwich: 25SEK to 32SEK

Cinnamon bun and a cup of coffee: 15SEK

Obviously, you would want junk sometimes in the month, you can budget about 500SEK to 1000SEK to this. For example, you can buy pizza for 89SEK to 110SEK. You can get burgers from a small shop close to school starting from 50SEK to 89SEK (depends on the package you decide on)

  • TRANSPORTATION

One major way to cut your monthly transportation expense is to buy a bike. However, the student price for the SL transport for a month is 570SEK. Students who use the public transportation strictly pay the monthly capped price as opposed paying for each trip to make it cheaper. Most students do not take taxis as they are expensive. A 14-minute Uber ride from the central station to the main campus costs 160SEK averagely.

  • COMMUNICATION

Most students pay an average of 100SEK per month for pre-paid services for their phones. There are various telecommunication providers and they all have student packages. Personally, I chose Halebop and with their amazing deals and flexible options, my phone bill per month can be as little as zero to 75SEK.

  • SHOPPING

You might want to buy different things such as clothes, shoes, fixtures for your new apartment, school bag, the list can truly be endless. As these might come in randomly but would surely happen, you can budget 500SEK to 800SEK for this each month. Also, there are good thrift stores in Stockholm, you might find interesting things you might like so as to cut some costs.

  • MISCELLANEOUS

As a student, you would love to take part in social activities or plan a night out with friends. Whatever it may be, this can be adjusted according to your budget for each month.

In summary:
You might wonder why I did not write anything for miscellaneous on the high end. This is because I know that the common expense range for most students is between 5000SEK to 9000SEK even with those that live in high-end apartments. This is because each individual chooses what to spend on to match their preferences.

Do you have any other questions as regards the cost of living? Feel free to ask! If not, I am glad that I could help you plan your future financial budget:)

Have you been admitted to KTH? What’s next?

First, Congratulations to all admitted students!!!It’s exactly one week since all students who applied to KTH received mails to notify them on their admission results.  In this one week, many questions have followed through and the best theme to categorize all these questions is, “WHAT’S NEXT”

The first thing every admitted student should do is bookmark this page. Not just bookmark, regular updates would be made there. So, make sure you always check to keep yourself very updated 🙂

COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • What exactly happens next?

If you have not received a mail from your selected programme, expect one in the coming week; providing additional information. In addition to this, I received an email from a second year Master’s student studying the same programme asking to schedule a time to answer any questions I might have. I would advise you make use of this opportunity as it really helped a lot. Some programmes might not have this kind of arrangement. However,  some have student ambassadors on their programme’s webpage, you can contact them if you have any questions.

  • Pre-Departure Event

Pay attention to your mail during this period, I received a mail from the Embassy of Sweden to sign up for a pre-departure event. If you get this mail in your respective country, ensure you attend the event because detailed information based on your individual countries, concerning school fees, residence permit and the life in Sweden will be discussed. There were alumni from various Swedish Universities present and then, representatives from the Embassy and some university representatives. You also get to meet other admitted students!

  • Tuition Fees

If you have checked the page I mentioned earlier, notice there is a deadline for payment for fee-paying students. You would soon receive an invoice to this effect. You need to pay before you can apply for KTH accommodation. With tuition fees in mind, let me give an answer to a very common question this week,  Are there any other opportunities for funding? Yes, in the second year, you can apply for  KTH One-Year Scholarship.

KTH will keep sending you newsletters to keep you updated. The aim of this post is to summarise the answers to questions I have received this past week. If you have other specific questions that you would like a detailed post on, feel free to ask. In the coming weeks, I will keep you updated as you prepare to move to Sweden:)

 

Taking baby steps as a pilot..

“As a pilot? I thought you were studying to become an energy engineer! ” As a reader of my posts, this statement might have just crossed your mind. Once upon a time, the only thing I wanted to be was an aeronautical engineer but I also planned to take some courses that would enable me fly some aircrafts but that was a really loooong time ago.

So, when I heard that SAAB was coming to KTH and then, seeing this at the entre, I certainly knew I would be there!

KTH provides a perfect platform for students to meet companies and vice-versa. Sometimes, these come as lunch seminars. Since the beginning of this semester, there has been a lunch seminar with a company almost every day at KTH. Most of them organised by THS Future and then you have this kind once a month at KTH Entré.

I was late for this lunch seminar as I had a class that ended at 12 exactly. On getting there, a presentation was ongoing on a new technology solution for control towers by SAAB. Next, another presentation by a professor and a student in the Department of Aeronautical and vehicle engineering on an on-going project to improve the material and structures of the aircraft and also, harness energy form the wings of these aircrafts.

After the presentations, it was time to try driving JAS 39 Gripen flight Stimulator. I drove the stimulator and tried landing too!

My fantasy finally became a reality, thanks to KTH 🙂

 

 

Scholarship!

 As the application period is over, the next thing on everyone’s mind is funding this prestigious education if it comes through.

The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for various 150 countries for higher education in Sweden. To view the 450 available scholarships, click here

The Scholarship for the masters programme is now open! You can find out if you are eligible (a citizen from the selected 140 countries) here. On that page, select your country from the drop-down list to know what scholarship opportunities are available for you.

The largest group covered is the “Swedish Insitute Study Scholarship”  for developing countries. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Sweden has long-term cooperation with and for other OECD/DAC countries.

Most of the questions concerning scholarships have also come from this group. To this end, this post would be centred on this particular scholarship.

To me, the most important part of the scholarship is this:

you must have proven leadership experience and at least 3,000 hours of work experience. It is also important that you have a clear plan of how your studies in Sweden can contribute to the development in your home country.

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP COVER?

  • Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish university
  • Living expenses of SEK 9,000/month
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000 ( One-time payment. Not applicable to students already living in Sweden)
  • Insurance against illness and accident
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders
    – a platform to grow your network and experience, while in Sweden
  • Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period – a platform for further professional development and to stay in touch

ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE?

Yes, you may meet the basic requirement of wanting to study a master’s programme and being a citizen of the listed countries but you might still not be eligible. You can find out here

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

If you have checked all this, and you are eligible, next see the required documents.

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Proof of work and leadership experience
  • A copy of your passport.

There are certain templates that you must adhere to, the instructions for these templates are given on this page.

The application period is from 2nd February to the 9th of February. So, if this what you have been waiting for, do not wait for the last day. Apply now!

WHY STUDY AT KTH?

source: KARLBERG media AB

Recall I stated here to give the  answer to my most frequently asked question:

I applied to KTH as I liked the structure and the mix of courses presented for my programme of interest. Altogether, I applied to schools in the United States, Canada and then, Europe. When the offer letters started rolling in, I had my hands full and had to weigh in the pros and cons of each school and their various locations. In the end, I chose KTH!

In this post, I would give my untainted, non-exaggerated reasons why I am certain I made the right choice. With no further ado, let’s get the ball rolling:

  • QUALITY EDUCATION


This is the first and foremost thing that as students we are in search for. I really love the quality and the approach to education at KTH.  The education is really a “hands-on experience”. In my programme, there is such a strong tie with the industry. You would have some of your lectures taken by foremost people in the industry who have achieved milestones.The aim is that once you have completed the programme, you would be well equipped to fill in roles in organisations adequately or start up your business, whatever career path you choose.

All the projects are aimed at current technologies and solving current problems in very practical ways. I have been involved in projects and I still have more lined up in the coming semester. For me, this was really what I wanted. To know that the theory is well infused with the practical to ensure that you are constantly thinking outside the box.

You would have noticed in previous posts that I refer to various deadlines and then, examinations at different times. As an engineer, there would always be deadlines to meet for various projects, and in the industry, these deadlines have economic importance. KTH already puts you in that mind frame of constantly meeting deadlines (haha!).  The examinations majorly test how practical you got with the course. They go past the theory and ensure that you start applying the knowledge in the particular field of interest of each course.  The examinations are never for you to mug it all up in your memory but to test your understanding in very practical ways. Due to this,you will find that the professors are very approachable and if you need any clarity, you can always get help:)

  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES

After paying the tuition fee and not forgetting that Stockholm is an expensive city to live in. It is very normal to want to find opportunities to work after studying. So far, I have seen there are opportunities for this but I would say as a student, you have to present yourself for these opportunities. Most people get to work with companies for their master thesis and that’s already their gateway to these industries.

Also, from the career fair in November, it was a good way to know what the companies want themselves and also, get some good contacts:). Furthermore, lunch lectures are being hosted especially in January when most of these companies open their applications. This gives you a sense of what they want also and their plans. I have some friends that have taken up part-time jobs so as to cater for the living expenses. For these part-time jobs,  I would say take a close look at your schedule as it is advisable to dedicate about 40 hours per week for studying.

  • QUALITY OF PEOPLE

There is this saying that what makes a community or a country is the quality of people. Before coming to Sweden, someone actually stated that Swedes are racists but I am here to correct that notion. The average Swede is just shy but once you break that ice, you might find the warmest of souls who are ever ready to help. I have some friends that are Swedes so, you can take my word on this one;)

source: artwithmeaning.blogspot.com/2014/12/diversity.html

Moving past Swedes, KTH presents you with a citizen from every country on the globe. Working on the Armada team coupled with my academic-related projects, I have had the opportunity to work with people from various countries and in turn, share experiences, culture and value systems. I can say truly I am getting the most of my international education.

  • THE BEAUTY OF STOCKHOLM

Photo credit: Jarturun Sukthong

I am someone who really loves the serenity that comes with the beauty of nature and Stockholm brings you so close to nature! If you have a love for art and photography, you would love Stockholm too! Yes, it is a cold country but I really love the stories that one can tell with the various seasons as there is true beauty in nature:)

Also, there are so many activities that you can do in Sweden plus if you love to travel, you would love it here too!

  • SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Stockholm is a safe city! Sweden runs a  socialist economy that believes in healthy living standards for its people. This transcends to the security you feel walking down the streets even at very odd hours in the day. You would feel very safe in Sweden, I can assure you.

So, these are my first five reasons why I feel studying at KTH is definitely worth it:)

I look forward to seeing you in August 😉