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 4,070
Local travel: SEK 550
Phone/internet: SEK 300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,450
Total: SEK 8,370 (around €815 or $925).
Remember that when applying for a residence permit, you need 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.
To help you get a better idea of how to budget, several of our bloggers have written about their personal finances and spending habits.
General cost of living:
- Cost of living in Sweden in 2018, by Anita, a student in Gothenburg
- Cost of living in Sweden in 2017 by Andac Baran, a student in Uppsala
- Stockholm vs Lund vs Uppsala vs Göteborg, a cost comparison by four bloggers from around Sweden
City-specific spending guides:
- Monthly spending in Stockholm by Marta, a student in Stockholm
- Monthly spending in Uppsala by Sania, a student in Uppsala
- Grocery-store price comparison by Judith, a student in Stockholm
- How to save money in Sweden, by Anita
- How to save money as a student, by Sania
- How to live cheap in Stockholm, Part 0 and Part 1 by Raghuraman, a student in Stockholm
- Second-hand shopping tips by Raeed, a student in Halmstad
- Second-hand shopping tips by Yen, a student in Uppsala
- Travelling around Skåne for free by Sanjay, a student in Malmö