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Cost of Living for a student in Stockholm – 2021

The first task I had while I was sorting out logistics while moving to Stockholm was estimating my expenditure as a student. As an international student, this was crucial information, especially for students applying for education loans and planning finances. Stockholm can be considered to be on par with expenses in the US, UK and countries in Western Europe and above par with Eastern European countries. The expenditure also depends on one’s choices and lifestyle. In this blog post, you will get to see our monthly expenditures as students.


International students (outside the EU) are guaranteed student accommodations which are relatively less expensive as compared to regular housing. Student accommodation can range from 2500 sek to 6500 sek depending on the type and location of the student accommodation. A furnished corridor room in Lappis costs 3900 sek. Most of the accommodation rents are inclusive of electricity and internet charges.

Public Transport and Travel

Stockholm has convenient and reliable public transportation. With a single transportation card, we can access buses, metros, trams and ferries at any time of the day. A monthly transportation pass for students costs 640 sek. During the summer you can also buy a cycle for transportation (600 – 1000 sek) which would save the cost of the Sl card.

Grocery Shopping and Food

The food costs mainly depend on your eating habits. I choose to cook at home to reduce the expenses of eating outside. Further expenses can be saved by shopping in affordable marketplaces such as Lidl and Willys. My average grocery expenses amount to 1500 sek every month.


Most of the students subscribe to prepaid services which would cost around 100 sek every month with unlimited calling and 3GB of internet. There are various service providers with similar rates and offer student discounts as well.

Health Insurance

All tuition fee-paying students (or KTH scholarship students) are provided with comprehensive insurance called FAS+ which is included in the tuition fees. EU students need to purchase health insurance themselves which costs around 300 sek per month.

Entertainment and Recreation

It would be sometimes necessary to take a break from studies and indulge in some activities. Stockholm offers movie theatres, concerts, sporting events, poetry and open mics, restaurants and cafes. I wanted to explore and travel whenever it was possible within and outside Sweden (Damn pandemic!). My usual miscellaneous expenses turn out to be around 600 sek.


Vivek’s Expenditure

Maria’s Expenditure

Accommodation rent

3900 sek

6000 sek

Groceries and food

1500 sek

1800 sek


640 sek

640 sek


100 sek

120 sek

Health Insurance

included in tuition fees none – insured through personal number


600 sek

400 sek


6740 sek

8960 sek 

The expenses vary from 7000 to 9000 sek. Being aware of the cost of living and options to reduce the expenses, helps you to plan your funding and finances. If you have any questions regarding student expenses, do feel free to comment below. 

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.