There are a number of options when it comes to housing, with most student apartments being made available through the regional housing agency Boplats Syd; many opt for shared accommodation.
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 on exchange and 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.
Rental apartments — Boplats syd
The majority of the available apartments are advertised through the housing agency Boplats Syd. Please note that all student housing is unfurnished and that if you cannot provide a guarantor with a Swedish bank account, you must pay three months’ rent in deposit (plus one month’s rent in advance) to sign the contract.
• How quickly you will offered 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'.
As an international student you are entitled to priority access to all housing available on the HousingAnywhere website. The platform allows you to choose from rooms listed by students or verified landlords and securely book prior to your arrival.
Through Hemma, the University ad page for second-hand housing, you can find offers from people who are looking for student tenants. You'll also find useful information about the Swedish second-hand housing market.
The person who signs the contract for a student apartment must be a student, provided that the property owner is okay with two tenants sharing the apartment. 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 on the second-hand market.
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 either have a guarantor who does have a Swedish bank account, or you must pay three months’ rent in deposit (plus one month’s rent in advance) in order to sign the contract. 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 are suitable for students with disabilies. 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. Unfortunately, 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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