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Cost of living in Sweden

What's an average student budget in Sweden?

Like everywhere, living costs in Sweden depend on your personal lifestyle and where you live. Here’s an average monthly budget:

Food: SEK 2,000
Accommodation: SEK 3,700
Local travel: SEK 550
Phone/internet: SEK 300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,450

Total: SEK 8,000 (around €850 or $1,000).


To help you get a better idea of how to budget, several of our bloggers have written budget guides.

Cost of living in Sweden in 2016 by Andac Baran, a student in Uppsala

Your personal finance guide to Stockholm by Marta, a student in Stockholm

Stockholm vs Lund vs Uppsala vs Göteborg, a cost comparison by four bloggers from around Sweden

How to live cheap in Stockholm, Part 0 and Part 1 by Raghuraman, a student in Stockholm

Remember that when applying for a residence permit, you’ll have to prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that you can support yourself financially during your studies. Visit the Migration Agency’s website for more information.


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