Cost of living

What can you expect to spend as a student in Sweden?

Living costs in Sweden depend largely on your individual lifestyle. A sample monthly budget is as follows:

Food: SEK 2,000
Accommodation: SEK 3,750
Local travel: SEK 560
Telephone/internet: SEK 300
Insurance, medical care and hygiene: SEK 300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,100

Total: SEK 8,010

Remember that prices can vary considerably depending on where you live. Stockholm, for example, is more expensive than smaller towns. Dining out at restaurants can be somewhat expensive in Sweden, though student bars and restaurants often have discounted prices.

Lunch at a student restaurant on or around campus usually costs between SEK 55-70; at an average café or restaurant, about SEK 65-95. Dinner starts at around SEK 100-150, drinks not included. In most restaurants and bars, an inexpensive beer or glass of wine will cost about SEK 60; prices can be significantly lower at student unions or nations.

Please also note that when applying for a residence permit, you must prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that you will have a guaranteed sum of money at your disposal throughout the entire period of your studies. The amount, SEK 8,010 per month for ten months of the year, is set by the Migration Agency. If you wish to bring your family you must show that you have at your disposal an additional SEK 3,500 per month for your spouse and SEK 2,100 per month per child.


Get started with your search for housing as early as possible to increase your chances of finding your ideal student room or flat.

Health insurance and medical care

Health insurance should be arranged before you come to Sweden.

Working in Sweden

Finding a part-time job alongside your studies is a great way to prepare for your future career.

Social life

Students in Sweden have access to a wide range of leisure activities, from student societies to exploring the outdoors.

Practical advice

Sort out the practicalities of day-to-day life in Sweden.

Video guide to being a student in Sweden

International student Saranya guides you through the basics.


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