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How to find a room in Stockholm

Sooner or later you will hear that finding a room in Stockholm is a nightmare and everyone struggles with it. Finding a room before coming to Sweden is more challenging. Anyway, I’m here to help! I have been looking for housing the last month or so and have just found one.

The best way to find housing in Stockholm is through your network of friends. Swedes generally have strong close knit communities and tapping into these communities is pretty much the holy grail for finding anything including housing. A friend of a friend is going to have a room he or she can share with you. But this one is going to be difficult to do from outside Sweden.

Another great way to do it is by using Blocket. You might have heard of this and its basically Sweden’s Ebay. Sweden has a huge potential in second hand trading and some second hand things are just hilariously cheap cuz of no demand. One way is to reply to hundreds of ads posted by people renting out houses. But this one is tedious and often you get just one reply / ten mails you send. The trick is to post an ad that you are looking for housing or a room. This way you are in the drivers seat and people who ‘like’ you will send you mails and SMS saying they have a place to rent. So here is a short guide to make the most out of posting ads on Blocket! 😀

blocket ad

Step 1.

Get a nice looking picture of yourself. Try a get a half decent photographer friend to take a picture of you in which you dont look like a total party animal. Thats more or less what people are looking for.. someone who wont destroy their apartment!

Step 2.

Get someone who knows Swedish well to write the description for you. Need not be too fancy but do not use to google translate. I repeat DO NOT use google translate. You can even say (in the ad) that your Swedish isnt great and that you want further correspondence in English. It feels more natural and trustable when written in Swedish. Google translate is too broken and sounds a bit creepy unfortunately.

Step 3.

Well, to post an ad on Blocket, you need a Swedish bank account to make the payment. So you would have to contact a future classmate or professor or someone you know to make the payment. Its not a big amount so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Step 4.

You will start receiving phone calls and mails soon. So make a nice excel sheet and track the replies you’ve been getting. Do not pay before you have signed the contract, there are many people out there to cheat international students so be careful. But you should be able to find nice place soon 🙂

But its never too early to start looking for housing and dont have too many restrictions while choosing the house. Be a little flexible and you will find a great place!

 

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10 Comments

  • Hanna • 20 Nov 2015 at 11.02 am Reply

    You can also check out http://www.findroommate.se/

  • Lee • 4 May 2015 at 1.22 pm Reply

    Hi Raghu,

    Where did you stay when you first moved to Stockholm before you placed your ad on Blocket? A hotel?
    I’ll be studying at Stockholm University from Aug 🙂

    Thanks in advance

    • Raghuraman
      Raghuraman Rangarajan • 4 May 2015 at 2.08 pm Reply

      Hey Lee,

      I got housing from school but my friends found housing thru blocket and also came here stayed in a a hostel or with future classmates!

      Regards,
      Raghu

  • Charlotte • 23 Apr 2015 at 5.40 am Reply

    Hi Raghuraman,

    I’m in the waiting list right now, will it be too late to find a flat after I get my result?

    thank you!

    • Raghuraman
      Raghuraman Rangarajan • 23 Apr 2015 at 10.04 am Reply

      Hey Charlotte,

      No, it should be fine. I would say you need to start looking about 2 months in advance, but also most of Sweden goes on vacation from June to August so that can be tricky.

  • Cori • 17 Mar 2015 at 3.44 pm Reply

    Hi Raghuraman,

    Any advice about living in student residences (administered by the university)? Is it cheaper/more expensive/about the same compared to finding your own housing externally?

    Asking this on behalf of those of us going to Sweden for the first time and who don’t have a network of Swedish friends (…yet!)

    Thanks!

    • Raghuraman
      Raghuraman Rangarajan • 17 Mar 2015 at 9.30 pm Reply

      Hey Cori,

      Student housing at SSE was not subsidized. I havent heard of any student housing provided by the schools being subsidized either.

      Regards,
      Raghu

  • Vishnu • 7 Mar 2015 at 10.01 am Reply

    is living in Gothenburg cheaper than Stockholm?

    • Raghuraman
      Raghuraman Rangarajan • 8 Mar 2015 at 10.49 am Reply

      Yes it is slightly cheaper

  • R.Rangarajan • 7 Dec 2014 at 1.02 pm Reply

    Neat write-up useful for students!..I have read a great deal about the difficulties of getting housing in Stockholm!!..You make it look cool..

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