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7 ways to prepare for your studies in Sweden

Accepted to study in Sweden? Congratulations! Here's what to do next.

The wait is finally over! Now that you’ve got your official offer of a place at a Swedish university in hand, it’s time to get excited: you’ll be coming to Sweden in just a few months. Here are the top seven things you should be doing to prepare for your studies.


1. Pay your first tuition fee instalment

In order to apply for your residence permit, you’ll need to have paid your first tuition fee instalment (this only applies to students who are required to pay fees – see Am I required to pay? at for details). Your university will provide you with information on how to pay.

2. Apply for a visa and residence permit

If you’re from a country outside of the European Union, it’s time to get started applying for your residence permit for studies. See Residence permits and visas for the basics, and head to the Swedish Migration Agency’s website to apply.

3. Find housing

Depending on where in Sweden you’ll be living, various housing options will be available to you – see Accommodation for an overview of Swedish student housing. After reading through the basics, your first point of contact should be the housing office at your university. They’ll give you the details on the housing situation in your city and how you can start your search.

In some places, particularly larger cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö and university towns like Uppsala and Lund, finding housing can be a challenge, so it’s a good idea to start your search as early as you can.

4. Arrange for practicalities

Health insurance is important to arrange before leaving home – see Health insurance and medical care for an outline of what applies for students from different countries. It’s also a good idea to look over your finances and consider if you want to look for a part-time job during your studies. And don’t forget to read through our practical advice so you’re prepared for day-to-day life in Sweden.

5. Connect with your future classmates

Making contact with other students on your programme is a great way to make friends before you arrive on campus and discuss common questions. A good start is to check for postings on your university’s Facebook page or to search for a Facebook group for your programme. You can also check social media or message boards popular in your country for groups of students heading to Sweden. If you don’t find a pre-existing group, why not start one yourself?

6. Read up on Swedish culture and your new city

There’s lots to learn about Swedish culture and what you’ll have to look forward to in your free time. Here are a few ways to get started:

Don’t forget to follow your university on social media to get in the loop on what’s happening on campus! Most Swedish universities have Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages, and many are also active on Instagram, Weibo and others.

7. Come to Sweden!

In late August, it’s time to pack your bags and get on the plane, train or boat to Sweden. Your university will provide you with details on orientation for new international students. Make sure to arrive in time to get settled (and maybe visit a certain Swedish blue and yellow furniture store for basic home furnishings and a plate of meatballs) before orientation starts.


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