Somehow, today, I feel extra nice and blessed to be able to write a post and share my experiences with my followers. I am really hoping that we’re giving you great information and helping you understand student life in Stockholm. So, in today’s post, I am gonna focus on dealing with one of the greatest challenges of living in Stockholm- Housing!
So, let’s start with the big question- Why is housing an issue in Stockholm?
Well, the housing crisis is a common term among the Nordic nations so to speak. Mainly because housing is well regulated here to keep rents on the same level. But, this shouldn’t be a problem, right? Well, it could be, and that’s what we are facing right now. Because of all the legislative policies, it has actually become less beneficial to construct a home in big cities like, Stockholm, so, any new apartment that is built is mainly constructed in the high-income households. Also, the labour cost is also quite high which is another factor contributing to the shortage of new homes. While, with increasing opportunities, there are increasing people and more demand which places us in an unfortunate imbalance that has caused this housing problem.
Housing for students
There are a number of ways to find housing, It is difficult but not impossible. It just requires you to plan and act up front. A house cannot be found in a day. I will keep this post mainly focused on student perspective so as to keep things simple. As KTH students, you have guaranteed student apartments for 1 year. But, you need to already start taking the necessary steps to find a home for you for the next year. Yes, this is the truth!
The Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder is the largest student housing company that regulates housing for students in the city. To be precise, SSSB makes sure that students who belong to the Stockholm Student Union’s central organization, which is nothing but the student union, gets to find a home. But, it is not as simple as it sounds. One has to register with SSSB and start his queue. Understanding queue can be a bit tricky initially, but it is more like the number of days you’re registered with SSSB and waiting for a house. The queue days reset once you get an apartment. So, you will restart your queue counting to find a new apartment for a later period. So, if you want to find an apartment next year once your KTH apartment contract ends, then you need to join THS, which is the student union of KTH and register with SSSB. And, start your queue – Very important!
As someone who recently managed to find an apartment with SSSB. There are a few tips and tricks that I can give you which will be quite helpful to you in finding your dream SSSB apartment. One thing to keep in mind is, everything with SSSB apartment selection happens 3 mins before the deadline. That’s when people change their choices and that’s exactly when you should too. I remember I was refreshing and changing my apartment choice even in the last 30 seconds! I am not even kidding! The best way would be to not choose an apartment and be out of the focus of others and just put in your choices 5 mins before the deadline. keep refreshing and changing them until you can to make sure that you’re the one with most queue days for that apartment. Then its plug and pray as we say in the garage. Pray you will get one, you might actually. So, the last minute is the deciding factor for your apartment.
SSSB actually allows students to sublet their apartment for a certain period of time if they are moving out of the city on an exchange or so, which is a great opportunity to find an apartment for half a year. You can find advertisements for these on the facebook pages of the housing areas – Lappis market, or Kungshamra pages. It is actually a promising way to find an apartment on a short notice. There are no queue days! You can find a house in a day if you’re lucky.
But, one drawback with this is that people are usually subletting the apartments at a higher price, they try to make some profit out of it and it is usually quite expensive. Nevertheless, you will find an apartment, it’s better than being homeless at least. Another point to keep in mind is that there are a ton of scammers! I have been contacted by such frauds 50 times at least! So be aware of them. Here is a nice article I found on a link in another blog which I think explains a lot on this topic.
Websites for Housing
Apart from the guaranteed KTH housing, SSSB or second-hand, the next best place to look for an apartment would be online. There are many websites that you can use but the likelihood of finding an apartment is quite unpredictable. Sometimes, people rent out one room in their apartment after their grownup child has moved out from the home, which is quite common to see. These families are usually nice to students as they start treating you as their own child sometimes, which is really sweet! But, always keep in mind of the scammers that are rampant online!
There are many websites, as I mentioned earlier, keep in mind of the scammers.
Types of apartment
I am sure that you are already aware that there are many types of housing options in Stockholm like
- Shared studio apartment – cheapest
- Private studio apartment – expensive
- Private room and washroom with shared kitchen ( Corridor rooms) – Most preferred
Also, the prices vary depending on the location, type of accommodation, whether it is first-hand or second-hand. There is no one rule about it. It just depends on various factors.
Things to keep in mind
To put it straight, you need to consider the below while choosing your apartment.
- Location – (closer to university?)
- Home insurance ( very important!)
- Agreement terms
I hope I kinda helped you understand the big picture here. If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments.