When you are looking for housing it is important to start well in advance. It has proved quite difficult to find housing in Stockholm, especially in the beginning of the semester when the Swedish students are also looking for accommodation. Even if finding accommodation in Stockholm may be tedious and hard work, most visitors however find somewhere to live after a while. In this article we have listed some websites with useful advice for your accommodation search. We have also listed a number of websites with housing ads and websites where you can search for temporary accommodation. Some of the advice in the below articles are aimed for students, however the advice is equally useful even if you are a guestresearcher.

A good start can be to visit the below websites, that all contain general information and tips and tricks on how to find accommodation in Stockholm:

A suggestion is to find a room that has relatively good communications to the university, instead of just looking at rooms near the university or the city center.

You can go to sl.se (journey planner) where you can see how long time it will take you to get from the accommodation to the university.

Ads on notice boards

Check the notice boards at the University for ads on subletting of apartments and rooms. Also check the notice boards at Lappkärrsberget, near the square and the ICA store (mainly for students).

Ads in newspapers

You can also check the newspapers for available accommodation. The biggest newspapers are Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet. They usually have some ads on their websites as well as their Sunday issues. A pricy alternative is to put in an add yourself, but it might be worth it. A cheaper alternative is to put in ads in a local newspaper. Have a look at the site www.mitti.se where you can choose which local paper to place and ad in. Please note however that this website is in Swedish.

There is also an online newspaper for non-Swedish speakers, called The Local. They have both a forum where people ask for tips and tricks, and a noticeboard with accommodation ads.

The second hand rental market in Stockholm

Since Stockholm has a very difficult housing situation, many young people in Stockholm therefore rely on second hand renting. Renting second hand can be a great way to find accommodation quickly, but it can also be a challenge to find something affordable, safe and lasting. Unfortunately there are people who try to make a profit from the situation by creating false housing ads.

There are several websites with private advertisements (listed below). Please remember to be careful when you look for housing in Stockholm. Most of the advertisements are legitimate and serious. However there are some frauds, and sometimes people get scammed. Never pay anything in advance if the person does not have a Swedish bank account, cannot show the apartment or room in person, and cannot provide you with written proof from the landlord that they are allowed to rent out their apartment or room. We recommend that you only pay in advance if you are using a real estate agency (they usually charge a service fee).

Here is a guide on how to spot a false housing ad How to avoid Fraud - The Ultimate Guide

Recommended websites with housing advertisements

Below are websites with housing advertisements that we recommend. You may have to pay a small fee to be able to access the information.

  • SSSB is the largest student accommodation landlord in Stockholm. You should register on their housing queue list as soon as possible, since the waiting time is about 200-300 days. They do have last minute deals which are posted on first come-first serve basis. You will need to visit this website every few hours to have a chance on those deals. SSSB provide accommodation to PHD students, but not guest researchers.
  • Kista Studentbostäder is the same as SSSB but it only applies to housing in the Kista region.
  • Akademiskkvart is a website containing private housing advertisements aimed at researchers and students. It is a joint effort from the Universities and Student Unions in Stockholm and the city of Stockholm to try to help both Swedish and International students with housing.
  • Campus Roslagen is located near Norrtälje and here they rent out apartments to students and researchers. It takes 50 minutes to travel from Stockholm University to Campus Roslagen.
  • Bostad Direkt is a real estate company that helps people find housing on the private market.
  • Bostad Stockholm is run by the city of Stockholm. They sometimes have apartments on a first come first serve basis so you should check the website daily.
  • Easy Rental is a free service for searching for second hand rental in Stockholm. They inform you via email and app when a new rental becomes available in any of the major rental websites.

Other websites with housing advertisements

Temporary housing

If you want to book a room at a hostel while you try to find housing, you can visit hostels.com or hostelworld. Staying at a hostel should only be considered a short term solution (since it is quite pricy) while trying to find long term accommodation. If you prefer to stay in a private home you can try couchsurfing. You also might consider this other short term services:  wimdu or homeaway.