The public transportation is available almost everywhere in
Sweden and the system is excellent, it provides a convenient,
fast way to get around. Students have discounts for buses,
trams, trains etc.
Union can be found at all universities in Sweden, it is formed
to represent the social and academic interests of their member.
Student Unions have long been a media for new students also
offer many kind of service. There is called host or mentor
program, in which new students that are already enrolled at
university, will have a mentor to help you and introduce you
to the city around and the campus around, although there is
also always an introduction moment from the university for
all international students that just start.
Your options for leisure and activities will depend on where
you study in Sweden. In any city you live there are always
outdoor activities. There is also sporting clubs and society
organize a wide of range of activities on campus at most of
universities. Taking part of these activities is probably
the best way to meet new and more people.
Other natural meeting points are clubs and pubs around campus.
What are Swedes Like?
Swedes are generally held to be punctual, law abiding and
respectful of law and regulations. For example, Smoking is
not permitted in public places such as restaurants, banks,
and post offices or in shops.
When Swedes wait for something they form queues or make lines.
Queuing or line systems have been installed in many larger
shops, banks and post offices.
At first, you may find Swedes a bit difficult to get to know.
They may seem distant and reserved. But they can also make
loyal friends once you get to know them. When you as a student
are living in a dormitory, you have more opportunity to make
friends, where there is access to various activities.
Some equality point of view
Sweden is a varied society with a history of international
solidarity. A generous refugee policy has turned Sweden into
a mixture various cultures; all world religions are representing
In most cities you can buy food from practically anywhere
in the world, including Halal food can be found at certain
places. Newspaper from many other countries in the world is
Sweden is a tolerant, modern society that for many years has
create a key priority to secure minority rights through legislation
and in practice. The government had established the office
of the Equality Ombudsman (DO), who’s the task, is to
actively oppose unfair or offensive treatment on the grounds
of race, skin, color, national or ethnic origin, religious
faith, gender or sexual orientation.
All universities in Sweden provide some form of assistance
to students with disabilities to pursue their studies, regardless
of their handicap.
Dinner at restaurants around SEK 100 – 150 (EUR 10 -15)
drinks not included. Eating out at lunchtime is cheaper; expect
to pay around SEK 55 – 85 for a meal including soft
drink, salad and tea/coffee.
A monthly cost for food is around SEK 2,000, Accommodation:
SEK 3,200, Local travel: SEK 500. Telephone/internet: SEK
300. Insurance, medical care and hygiene: SEL 250. Student
union fee: SEK 60 – 70. Clothing, hobby/leisure &
other: SEK 750
Total monthly cost: SEK 7,070 or about EUR 750.
The amount of SEK 7,300 per month for ten months of the year,
is set by the Migration board, if you bring your family, it
additional cost SEK 3,000 per month for your spouse and SEK
1,800 per month per child.
That price is varying depending on where you live. Bigger
cities are more expensive than smaller towns.
Though most students live on a tight budget. You can use your
student card for discounts at certain restaurant including
campus. You can also cook your own food; most student accommodation
has usually kitchen facility that is open to residents.
If your study is longer than one year or more, you are entitled
to the same health benefits as Swedes. However you must first
register at your tax office and obtain a personal identity
number as soon as you arrive.
The application procedure can take some time, but you will
be fully covered if you need medical help during the time
it takes to process your application.
However, this medical insurance does not cover your journey
to Sweden or the time you spend in the country prior to applying
for civil registration. Therefore, to be fully covered for
that period, you will need some form of travel insurance.
For the student that study less than a year the Swedish university
where you study may provide you with health insurance coverage
in certain conditions.
- Residence permit
If your study is longer than three months
in Sweden, you will need a residence permit, it issued by
the Swedish Migration board. Applying should
be made at a Swedish consulate or Embassy.
The application is made after you receive
an acceptance letter from the university.
The residence permit application fee is
1.000 SEK, it is non refundable.
The availability of accommodation varies
from city to city, certain universities have a guarantee for
accommodation and some others you have to
apply and be on the waiting at the same time as you apply
for study, but there are alternatives. NORDIC
Student Service will help you to find other alternatives if
You can arrange your travel by yourself,
booking through your travel agent or NORDIC Student Service
will be able to help you if needed.
- Transport from the airport to the students housing
Some universities provide pick up transport
at the airport or train station when you arrived the first
time to Sweden. It is better to have the
confirmation for your apartment first before you leave your
In Sweden you use Swedish Kronor as the
currency. The symbol is SEK; Bank notes are available in denominations
of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 kronor, coins in 1, 5 and 10.
All major bank and credit cards are widely
accepted throughout Sweden.
- Emergencies and SOS calls
Dial 112 to contact police, fire brigade
or medical services in case of emergency. The emergency calls
are free of charge.
- Shopping hours
Shopping in the central city generally open
between 10 am and 6 pm on weekdays. The malls open usually
until 8 p.m. Saturday open from 11 am until
4 p.m. and on Sundays the malls open between 12 noon until
4 pm, stores at the central city usually
are closed on Sundays but Supermarkets are open every day,
the biggest one from 7 am until 10 pm every
It is possible to use a phone from your
home country with a Swedish SIM card. There are some Swedish
companies that sell SIM cards such as Telia,
Tele2, Telenor, 3 and Halebop. Most international students
in Sweden choose to use skype as well.