Moving part 1: How to find accommodation (in Linköping)
I have received many questions from prospective students about how to best find accommodation, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you in a blog post the first steps. I have recently had to move myself, because I previously only had a sublet room from a girl who went abroad for an exchange semester and now came back.
I am not going to sugarcoat it: finding an apartment or room in Sweden is hard, so you should start searching as soon as you read this. It is not so common in Sweden to rent apartments (people here mostly buy) and shared apartments are thus somewhat rare; especially the affordable ones.
Your first step should be to check out the student housing in your city. In Linköping this is handled by studentbostader (https://www.studentbostader.se/en). If you are a fee-paying student, then the university will provide you with a room. If not you have to collect cuing points. You get one cuing point per day that you are signed up at the website, and rooms are then given to those applicants with the most points. Which means that you should sign up RIGHT NOW! Even if you just consider studying in Linköping, I really recommend creating an account so you can start collecting points. It is free of charge and if you change your mind you don’t lose anything. You usually need at least 900 (!) points to get a room. Even though sometimes rooms are given away on first-come-first-serve basis, it is very helpful to have as many points as possible.
Another place to check is the LIU noticeboard (https://www.student.liu.se/studenttjanster/anslagstavlan/bostad_linkoping?l=en). This is like the blackboard of the university where people offer rooms, seek roommates, or advertise that they are searching for a room. Write to as many people as possible and check the board daily!
There are numerous facebook groups in which people offer a rooms or whole apartments. Again I would recommend to message as many people as possible, make posts yourself and ask for help and vacant apartments.
My last advice is the one that got me both of my rooms, and, because of the huge demand and the short supply, maybe the most promising one. The search can be quite frustrating when you barely get any replies at all or, if you do, mostly refusals because they already found someone else. So, my advice is: ASK OTHER PEOPLE FOR HELP! I was in the situation twice that I almost got a room, but then things happened that it ended up not working out. So I asked my really nice almost roommates/landlords if they knew anyone else who might perhaps sublet a room or need a new roommate. They then asked around in their classes and did indeed find classmates that were subletting their rooms as well and have not advertised them yet. I got in contact with them before they did and thus was the first choice for the room! I am very happy both times with how this worked out and can only recommend to use the „I know someone, who knows someone“ strategy 🙂
Good luck with accommodation hunting, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!