Just arrived or about to arrive? Finding a place to stay is an urgent matter for most newcomers. Yet, finding a place to call home can be challenging. Opting for a short-term alternative might not be your first choice as you strive to settle as soon as possible, but it has it´s good sides.
It will give you time to search more calmly after accommodation and it will also give you the needed time to learn more about the place you are staying at – you will pretty fast learn where you would like to stay and not.
You mainly have three options, if you need to find a place to stay on short notice:
- search short-term rental on Facebook or Blocket
- Students also have the option of contacting their university and student union
Couchsurfing is a community where people share their accommodation with travellers for a short period of time. Might not be the most comfortable living situation, as you will be staying at someone else house but it has many bonuses as it gives you the opportunity to connect with local people and it is free of charge. You join the Couchsurfing community by signing up and creating a profile.
Airbnb is a website where you find short- term rentals, usually up to 15 days. It’s aimed for tourism but if you have not found accommodation this will buy you some time until you find a long-term solution.
The prices vary depending on the room type and where in Sweden you are staying. You can search the Airbnb database at any time without signing in, but you will need to create an Airbnb profile in order to make an reservation.
Look for short-term rentals in Blocket or Facebook
The demand for long-term rentals (more than 6 months) is significantly bigger than the demand for short-term contracts. People settling in Sweden are reluctant to move every month, so your changes of finding a place to stay will increase if you go for a short-term rental.
You have a couple of options if you are looking for short-term rentals in Sweden. Scan ads at short term websites such as Blocket and join Facebook groups where short-term rentals are posted.
Student? Contact your university and student union (Studentkår)
Coming to Sweden for studies and have no place to stay? Then we recommend you to contact your university and the local student union (called Studentkår). There are – in most cities around Sweden – special housing accomodations for students and it is important that you sign up for these as soon as possible.
Your university or Studentkår can help you with that. Note that there are different student unions for different student subjects (one student unions for philosophy, one for medicine, one for management etc.).
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