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 Board 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 Board. 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.