Once you've found the perfect programme to study, you need to find a place to live. There are a number of student housing options — we recommend you start looking early!
University Housing for students paying tuition fees and exchange students
International students paying tuition fees during their studies are guaranteed housing from Malmö University. Exchange students will be offered housing according to availability. Eligible students will receive an email with information regarding housing options, application deadlines and payment instructions before each application period begins.
Students who are not paying tuition fees during their studies are not guaranteed housing by Malmö University. We strongly recommend that students look for housing as soon as possible after sending in their application.
In Malmö you can find student apartments in all parts of the city. The buildings are run by housing agencies and mostly advertised through Boplats Syd.
Rental apartments — Boplats Syd
The majority of available apartments, both student apartment and regular apartments, are advertised through the housing agency Boplats Syd. Please note that almost all student housing is unfurnished and that if you cannot provide a guarantor with a Swedish bank account, most often you need to pay three months’ rent in deposit (plus one month’s rent in advance) to sign the contract.
• How quickly you will receive an apartment offer is based on how long you have been on the waiting list, which is why it is wise to register as early as possible.
• Use the Google Translate function on the website so you can read the content in English.
• If you do not have a Swedish personal identification number, tick 'no' under the statement 'I have a Swedish personal'.
Through Hemma, the University ad page for private subletting, you can find offers from people who are looking for student tenants. You'll also find useful information about the Swedish market for subletting rentals.
Provided that the property owner is okay with two tenants sharing an apartment, it might be possible to share student housing, as long as the person signing the contract is a student. Please note that this is not always the case in the smaller student apartments, as sometimes the landlord only accepts one tenant.
Student housing for families
There are a few student apartments suitable for students with families; however, these are all two-bedroom apartments. If you haven’t gotten an offer of a two-bedroom student apartment, or you need a larger apartment than that, you primarily have two options; either find a regular apartment or try to find something suitable through subletting.
For the majority of student housing, rent is paid ten out of twelve months of the year (two months during the summer are rent-free).
Paying a deposit
If you do not have a Swedish bank account, you must have a guarantor with a Swedish bank account, or you might have to pay three months’ rent in deposit (plus one month’s rent in advance) in order to sign a rental agreement. This is regardless of whether you are looking for housing via Boplats Syd or through a private landlord.
If you rent a room in a private residence or sublet somebody else’s apartment, you usually also have to pay a deposit. The rent varies, ranging from 1000 SEK to 10,000 SEK. If your landlord requires a deposit, it is important, for both parties, that the contract clearly states the conditions for refund of the deposit. Always keep all rent receipts and payment details of the deposit, such as a bank statement.
Accessible housing for students with disabilities
There are a few student apartments in Malmö that are suitable for students with disabilities. There are, for example, two student housing units at Malmö Studentshus which are fully adapted with kitchen appliances with adjustable heights.
Boplats Syd lists the homes that are fully or partly accessible. Boplats Syd's policy stipulates that people in need of accessible housing are not given priority.
If you live in a student apartment or in a rental apartment, you must have home insurance. Many insurance companies currently offer special insurance deals for students; the conditions of these can vary between companies. We recommend that you contact different insurance companies to find the best offer.
If you sublet somebody's apartment or are a lodger, the original tenant's insurance does not usually cover damage that you cause. To avoid unnecessary costs, check with an insurance company to clarify coverage, or get insurance of your own.
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