Cost of Living in Sweden 2017

Being a student means and requires a lot of things, the single most important issue is that students often live in a tight budget. Therefore, I and my other blogger fellows receive hundreds of mails asking us how much money you need to survive in Sweden.

Last year, I have posted a blog discussing cost of living in Sweden and I though it may be beneficial for us to update the list and give a fresh look.

The first thing you need to know is that you have to have sufficient amount of money in your bank account while applying for a student visa, if you are not entitled to a scholarship. For applications submitted to the Migration Agency on 1 January 2017 or later the support requirement is a minimum of SEK 8,064 per month. If you intend to study for one year or more you must show that you can support yourself for 10 months per year. You may check for the details.

For the list,I have followed the same principle I did last year and I just kept all of my receipts for one week and. From Monday to Sunday… Some items are added and some prices are just updated! Here is the list you may find useful. I have also paid my rent at the beginning of the month, therefore it is also in the list. IMPORTANT: Prices reflect the costs from Uppsala and Stockholm

Product/Service SEK Euro
Lunchtime menu in the school district 75 7,8
1 liter of whole fat milk 15 1,6
12 eggs, large 35 4
1 kg (2 lb.) of rice 17 2
1 bottle of red wine, good quality 97 10
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 70 7,3
Monthly rent for a 65 m2 furnished studio 8300 867
1 pair of winter boat (Timberland or similar) 950 100
1 pair of winter coat (North Face or similar ) 970 101
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 14 1
Visit to Doctor (30 minutes) 280 30
Hair shampoo (Vichy or similar 400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 60 6,2
Standard men’s haircut in central area of the city 340 36
2 tickets to the opera (Cheapest seats) 260 27
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 150 15,6
Americano in a local coffee shop 33 4
1 month of gym membership 500 52

If you need to know more about cost of living in Sweden, do not hesitate to comment!

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  • Nikhil • 17 Jan 2017 at 7.55 pm Reply

    Hello Andaç!
    Myself Nikhil Sharma from Nepal. I have applied in Uppsala Uni to pursue my academic career in Masters in Business Management or Economics, whichever i would get offered. I have applied for 2 years Masters Program.
    I really want to study in such a renowned Uni, but now i am a bit scared knowing the expenses which i would have to bear there.
    Therefore, i would like to kindly ask you few questions.
    1) can i work during my study? And can i get job?
    2) approximately, how much cost will it incur for two years for my everyday expenses? (Within a tight budget plan).
    3) what are the chances of getting job after completing my study?
    4) can i sustain for two years of study by earning from the job during my study time?

    Looking forward to your kind response.
    Thank you!
    Stay blessed!

    • Andaç Baran
      Andaç Baran • 17 Jan 2017 at 9.17 pm Reply


      Let me give your every question separately:)

      1. Sure. Every student is allowed to work!
      2.I have tried to explain this in the blog post.
      3.Sweden is very open country offering thousands of jobs!
      4.It is better to have enough funds before coming here.


      • Nikhil • 19 Jan 2017 at 7.57 am Reply

        Thank you very much for your kind response.
        I am much happy now. But please could you provide approximate amount/funds in SEK that i should carry for two years. Just approximate.

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