Cost of living
The following rough budget will give you an idea of the cost of living in Sweden as an international student.
Please note that non-EU and non-EEA students must apply for a residence permit before arriving in Sweden. International students studying in Sweden are required to have at least SEK 8,370 (or approximately EUR 815/USD 925) per month at their disposal.
Based on actual living expenses, we recommend that international students an average of SEK 10,000 per month for living expenses in the Stockholm area. A breakdown is shown below:
- Food: SEK 2,200
- Accommodation: SEK 4,600
- Local travel: SEK 600
- Phone/internet: SEK 300
- Study material: SEK 800
- Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,500
Total: SEK 10,000
The Swedish Migration Agency requires that you are able to prove you have guaranteed maintenance for the period for which you want a residence permit. This means that you must show that you have money available as your own bank assets, a grant or similar, such as a study grant from your country of origin. If you are going to study for one year or longer, you must show that your maintenance is secured for ten months of the year.
Citizens of EU/EEA and Nordic counties can live and study in Sweden without a residence permit or visa. However, you are advised to have sufficient funds at your disposal for living costs. If you stay in Sweden for more than twelve months, you should register with the Swedish Tax Agency.
Visit the Migration Agency’s website for more information.
You may also be interested in checking the Study in Sweden page to get a better idea of how to budget. You can also read blogs by other international students, sharing their experiences in terms of finance and expenses in Sweden.