Living expenses

All students, regardless of whether or not they are required to pay application and tuition fees, must be able to cover their personal living expenses while in Sweden.

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Cost of living

Like everywhere else, the cost of living in Sweden depends on your lifestyle and where you live. Here’s an average monthly budget:

SEK per month

Food   2,000
Student accommodation   3,700
Local travel   550
Phone/internet   300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous   1450

Total   SEK 8,000 (around €850 or $1,000)

This is the minimum amount that you will require, and living in Sweden can be very costly. Also remember that this amount does not include expenses for course literature, socialising, household furnishings, extensive medical treatment or travel within or outside of Sweden (which many students want to do during the university holidays).

More details about the cost of living for students in Sweden is available at the Study in Sweden website.

Sufficient means

Remember that when applying for a residence permit, you must prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that you can support yourself financially during your studies. For applications that are received by the Migration Agency on 1 January 2018 or later the maintenance requirement is at least SEK 8,190 per month. Fee-paying students must be able to show documentation that they have SEK 81,900 for the first year of studies. Additional means are required for the upkeep of family members who accompany you to Sweden. Visit the Migration Agency’s website for more information.

EU/EEA students are not required to submit such proof, but must guarantee that they have sufficient means to support themselves.

Working while studying

Working and studying at the same time can be quite challenging, as full-time studies at LiU require 40 hours per week and classes are scheduled during the day. Most jobs require knowledge of Swedish, and part-time work is limited. So while it is not impossible, we recommend that students don't count on finding work to support their studies.

Credit cards

You will need an international debit or credit card, or you must by some Swedish cash prior to your arrival, as US dollars and Euro are not accepted in Sweden. If possible, do not bring too much cash with you due to the risk of theft during travel. 


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