Living costs

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

Student budget

Like everywhere else, the cost of living in Sweden depends on your lifestyle and where you live. Here at Linköping University (LiU) in East Sweden costs are not as high as some of the larger cities in Sweden which is a plus for students. Here is an average monthly budget for students in Swedish kronor (SEK):

Food
 2,370
Student accommodation
 3,700
Local travel
 550
Phone/internet
 300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous
 1,450
Total
SEK 8,370 (around €850 or $1,000)

This is the minimum amount that you will require. This amount does not include expenses for course literature, household furnishings, extensive medical treatment or travel within or outside of Sweden (which many students want to do during the university study breaks).

Sufficient means

When applying for a residence permit, you must prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that you can support yourself financially during your studies. The maintenance requirement is currently set at SEK 8,370 per month. Fee-paying students must be able to show documentation that they have SEK 83,700 for the first year of studies. Additional means are required for the upkeep of family members who accompany you to Sweden. EU/EEA students are not required to submit such proof but must guarantee that they have sufficient means to support themselves. Read more information about sufficient means: 

Swedish Migration Agency: Studying at universities or university college

Common questions:

Can I work while I study?

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 do not count on finding work to support their cost of living while studying.

How do you pay for things in Sweden?

You will need an international debit or credit card. Swedish kronor (SEK) is the local currency; 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. Bank cards and mobile apps are the most common way of paying in Sweden; many places are going cash-free and will not accept cash.

Useful links:

Study in Sweden: Cost of Living

Sweden.se: Cashless society

Tips for living on a student's budget in Sweden
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Eating out in cafés and restaurants and drinking alcohol can quickly add up in Sweden. Many students are very budget conscious and inventive in stretching their money, here are some tips for Swedish student life:

  • Cook at home and take your own lunch and snacks to campus.
  • Buy a second-hand bicycle and ride everywhere (bonus you will also be exercising and helping the environment).
  • Purchase clothes and furniture second-hand. This is very popular in Sweden.
  • Collect cans and bottles and cash them in for a refund. Many supermarkets in Sweden have a recycling ‘’vending machine’’ that will process your old cans and bottles and print you a receipt for the deposit amount which you can then use in the same store.
  • Borrow textbooks rather than purchasing or share the cost with other students in your courses.
  • Sign-up for student discount cards and look for student discounts. Discounts are available in multiple restaurants and stores as well as for public transport, insurance and mobile subscriptions, among others.
  • It is not common to tip or to pay for another person's meal in Sweden - not even on a date! You can utilise this to be economical.

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