Student life in Stockholm

Welcome to Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden and the home of KTH. The city was founded in the 13th century and is situated on the east cost of Sweden, bordering the Baltic sea. With 2.1 million inhabitants, it is the heart of Swedish trade and business life, and is known for its rich cultural history and closeness to nature. KTH has four campuses in and around Stockholm, each with their own unique character.

Five campuses in and around Stockholm

KTH has five campuses in and around Stockholm, with fast public transport connecting them and central Stockholm. Each campus is situated near accommodation, parks, sports facilities, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

KTH Campus

The main KTH campus, located in central Stockholm, is like a small town in the middle of a big city. Its historical buildings date back to the early 20th century and it is situated next to the Royal National City Park, offering great opportunities for sports and recreation.

KTH Kista

The KTH Kista campus is situated in the heart of Kista Science City, the largest ICT cluster in Europe and home to over 1,000 ICT companies such as Ericsson, IBM and Microsoft. A close collaboration between KTH and neighbouring companies create unique opportunities for students to interact with industry.

KTH Flemingsberg

The KTH Flemingsberg campus is situated in one of Northern Europe’s key areas for medical technology. In Flemingsberg, KTH is joined by the two other universities, Karolinska Institutet and Södertörn University College, creating a student community with over 10,000 students.

KTH Södertälje

The KTH Södertälje campus is constantly evolving through close co-operation with Södertälje-based businesses led by major companies such as Scania and AstraZeneca. This is the southernmost and smallest KTH campus, making it a close-knit student community.

KTH Solna

KTH Solna is located in an important national hub for research within various life science disciplines. The main focus of the campus is the Science for Life Laboratory, a joint effort between four of the highest ranked universities in Scandinavia.

Five things you must experience while in Stockholm

Take advantage of allemannsrätten

Stockholm is situated on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, giving you sea views at almost every street corner. The city is full of parks and forests areas to explore, and allemannsrätten is your free ticket to enjoy all of it. Allemannsrätten, the right of public access, allows everyone to roam freely in the countryside, pick mushrooms and berries in the forest, and swim or go kayaking in any of the rivers and lakes.

Grab a bite of Sweden

Sweden is known for its meatballs, but there are plenty of other flavours to experience. Stockholm offer restaurants for all budgets, often with discounts for students. Some of the must tries are traditional dishes such as pickled herring, crayfish and smörgåstårta. In this multicultural city you will also find food from all corners of the world. Dinner parties with fellow students or enjoying a Swedish fika together are great ways to make new friends.

Explore a modern and tech-friendly city, rich in culture and history

Living in Stockholm, a vast selection of cultural and historical experiences will be available right on your doorstep. Founded in the 13th century, the city is full of historical sights waiting to be explored. Royal landmarks and beautiful buildings aside, Stockholm is also filled with museums covering everything from ABBA and architecture to modern art and technology. Numerous museums in Stockholm are free with no entrance fee for visitors, making culture and history open and accessible to all.

The Swedish capital is also considered a world leading city when it comes to music and technical innovations – being the home to acts like Avicii and Robyn, as well as Spotify and Soundcloud, to name a few. You will be able to listen to music in any genre and form, from big arena concerts and city festivals, to intimate club performances.

Living in Stockholm will also give you an opportunity to experience Swedish fashion first hand with brands such as H&M, Acne Studios and Tiger of Sweden having stores in many of the city’s malls and shopping areas.

Spend wisely

Life in Stockholm can be expensive, so it is important to learn how to spend wisely. The biggest expense, and the hardest one to control, is accommodation. However, there are budget alternatives for most things required by the over 80’000 students living in the city. Student discounts are available on everything from grocery stores and restaurants to sports facilities and public transportation. A student budget for one month in Stockholm is somewhere between SEK 6,760-10,460. This sum includes accommodation, food, medical care, insurance, travel card, telephone, internet, hobbies and leisure.

Doing extra work as an international student?

International students are allowed to work in Sweden, and there is no legal limit to the number of hours allowed to work while studying full time. Of course, your studies should always be your top priority. Bear in mind that if you want to work in Sweden, learning Swedish is important since it is often a requirement for jobs.

Estimated cost of living

Food 2,000 | Accommodation 2,500-6,200 | Travel card 560 | Telephone and internet 300 | Insurance/medical care 300 | Hobbies and leisure 1,100 | Total SEK 6,760-10,460

Keeping active outside of studies 

Studying at KTH will give you the opportunity to take part in an ever-growing array of activities, and participating in sports is a fantastic way to let go of studies for a few hours, while also making friends outside the class room. Every campus has training facilities, gyms and outdoor recreation areas nearby, providing excellent opportunities for excercise. A lot of gyms offer student discounts on memberships.  

On the main campus, there is a sports centre called KTH-hallen , which offers a fully equipped gym, training classes, spinning and sports such as basketball, floorball, badminton and more. Students can buy membership at a reduced price.

The student union at KTH, THS , also offers plenty of opportunities to meet and exercise with other students. The list of THS sports associations include the KTH Football Club, KTH-Hockey, and KTH Basketball Club just to name a few.

If you would like to engage in activities other than sports, THS offers a smorgasbord of societies for students to be involved in. There will also be a THS-chapter related to your specific programme, offering even more activities with fellow students.

Simply put – there will always be something to do or get involved in, no matter what interests you might have!

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