Welcome to KTH! You made it… I am sure you are excited about beginning your Master programme at KTH. I remember, my first week at KTH was about meeting new faces, setting up the apartment, exploring the campus, and hustling through mandatory academic and social tasks. This blog post will guide you through the tasks that are required to be conducted through the first days as a student.
Swedish personal identity number
If you are planning to stay more than a year in Sweden, you are required to register with the tax agency. You will have a unique personal number and a ID card which you will be using on various occasions while dealing with authorities, healthcare facilities. The personal number is also needed to open a bank account in Sweden. You can read Maria’s blog on how to apply here.
A student card is a proof that you are a student at KTH or other universities in Sweden. You will have to be a member of the THS which is the student union at KTH to avail the student card. You can apply for the membership here. The student card provides you with student discounts on the SL transportation and other places as well. The student card is also needed for the availing SSSB accommodation.
Sweden is a cashless economy where most of the payments and transactions are digital. It is quite important to have a Swedish bank account if you are planning to stay for more than an year. International debit and credit cards work in Sweden, although a conversion rate is charged based on the bank. International students can transfer funds from home country banks to Swedish banks. Once you have a personal number, you can apply to open for a bank account.
You can read about the various banks to choose from here.
I hope this blog was useful for you. If you have any questions do feel free to comment below.