FAQ LiU student accommodation

Many of LiU's international exchange students will be offered student accommodation.

LiU has an agreement with the housing company Studentbostäder in Linköping and with the housing company Studentbo in Norrköping.

Here you can find questions and answers that are relevant to know before you arrive to LiU.

Questions and answers

Read the common questions about accommodation in Linköping and Norrköping before you arrive for exchange studies at LiU.

How can I pay my rent from my home country for my accommodation in Linköping?

It is advisable to wait with the payments for your accommodation once you have arrived. If you arrive later than your moving-in date as stated in your contract, you can contact housing@liu.se.

You must pay the first rent for the whole month within 48 hours from when you pick up your key. You will find the invoice in the post box belonging to your student accommodation. It is addressed to the “Tenant International Office”. Please check that the address and the payment period are correct before you pay. Mid-month you will get a new invoice for the coming month. It must be paid before the end of the month.

 It is also possible to pay for several months at the same time, by multiplying the monthly rent by the number of months you wish to pay for. 

Options for paying the rent

Option 1: Use your bank in your home country and make an international transaction. You find the international bank information printed on your invoice. Make sure to pay the invoice at least one week before the due date, as it may take some extra time. For example, the rent for September should reach Studentbostäder by 31 August at the latest. Add the cost that your bank charges you to make an international transaction. It is ok to pay in another currency than SEK, but make sure that the payment covers the whole amount for the rent. If you exceed the amount the exceeding sum will be deducted from the following month’s bill.

Option 2: Another alternative is a neobank that provides online banking services through a partnership with an established bank. Neobanks are virtual banks that offer complete banking services via digital platforms like mobile applications. If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you still have the opportunity to apply for a neobank account and receive a bank card, some without a fee. Before you apply, make sure the neobank offers payment solutions that allow you to pay your bills in Sweden. Add money for the fee your bank charge you to make an international transaction. It is ok to pay in another currency than SEK, but make sure that the payment covers the whole amount for the rent. If you exceed the amount the exceeding sum will be deducted from the following month’s bill.

Option 3: As the last option, if you only can make payments with your card, please contact housing@liu.se for assistance.

It is not possible to pay the rent at a bank in Linköping City unless you are a customer at the bank. Without a Swedish Social Security number, it is difficult to open a bank account in a Swedish bank.

How can I pay my rent from my home country for my accommodation in Norrköping?

You must pay your first rent for your accommodation in Norrköping before you arrive. 

How to pay the rent

You always pay the rent in advance. The rent is paid at the end of each month. The first rent needs to be paid before you can move into your new accommodation. Studentbo notifies the rental invoice via the apartment’s postbox.

Instructions how to pay the first rent:

1. Make the bank transfer (instructions below). It is very important that you fill it in correctly. Check it carefully to avoid problems!
2. Keep a copy of the receipt for the bank transfer.
3. Give the copy to Studentbo when you arrive in Norrköping.

Information for making the bank transfer to Studentbo, Sweden

Message to the receiver: Rent for ………………………..(name and ProduktNr) Your ProduktNr is listed at the top of your rental invoice.
Amount: The amount to pay is listed in the right corner of the black border (box), to the right of: Att betala:
Payments from abroad
Bank account number: 5323-10 256 56
Account holder: Studentbo i Norrköping AB
Bank´s name: SEB
SWIFT address: ESSESESS
Payments from abroad with IBAN-number:
Electronic formate: SE2950000000053231025656
Paper formate: SE29 5000 0000 0532 3102 5656
Bic-code: ESSESESS

Paying the rent in Sweden

Once in Sweden, Studentbo prefers if you can pay the rent in accordance with the rental invoice. Paying the rent without the information in the rental invoice means manual handling of the payment for the economy department, and may lead to the rent payment not being placed correctly.
Before you get access to a Swedish bank account, the rent can be paid with the rental invoice via, for example, ChangeGroup at Drottninggatan 66 in Norrköping. Contact ChangeGroup for more information.

What if I arrive later in the month and my accommodation contract has started?

You have to pay the rent for the full month regardless of arrival date.

What furniture can I expect in my room?

It depends on the room you get allocated. The rooms are fully furnished, but bedding equipment is not included. Previous tenants might leave blankets, pillows and bed mattresses, but this cannot be guaranteed. See the inventory list below.

Pentry room in Linköping

  • Bookshelf
  • Bed
  • Bedside table
  • Ceiling lamp
  • Kitchen table
  • 2 kitchen chairs
  • Basic kitchen utensils
  • Shower curtain
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop

Corridor room in Linköping

  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Desk lamp
  • Bookshelf
  • Bed
  • Bedside table
  • Bedside lamp
  • Ceiling lamp
  • Shower curtain

Corridor room in Norrköping

  • Bed
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Bookshelf
  • Shower curtain
  • Ceiling lamps in the hall and bathroom
  • Fire alarm

How does the internet work in my accommodation?

In Linköping

Internet with speeds up to 250/250 Mbit is included in the rent and will not be invoiced separately, unless you choose to sign up for another service, such as a faster connection.

Studentbostäder in Linköping has an agreement with Utsikt Bredband AB. Bahnhof is the Internet Service Provider (ISP), that delivers the connection service in the city network. There is no Wi-Fi in your accommodation, so you must use a cable between your computer and the broadband socket in the wall. The cable is not included in the rent (but often, the former tenant has left one behind).

In Norrköping

Internet with speeds up to 100/10 Mbit is included in the rent and will not be invoiced separately, unless you choose to sign up for another service, such as a faster connection.

How can I receive a package/parcel?

If you order a package to your address, you will either get a paper note in your letterbox, or a text message to your mobile, saying when and where to pick up the package. Bring your passport or ID when picking up your package. There are different delivery points depending on where you live.

How do I find parking for my car?

Most parking options in Linköping and Norrköping (and Sweden in general) are paid parking. Unless your accommodation includes a parking garage or spot, you will have to park your car on the street or in a parking garage. Most of these will have machines where you can pay your parking fee, but the most convenient way is probably through apps.
In Linköping, Studentbostäder has some parking spots that tenants can rent, but this is only possible when you have a contract directly with them and not through the university.

Parking apps

If you want to pay the parking fee with your mobile phone, there are different apps you can use. On the respective website, you will find more information about which car parks apply and how to pay for the car park using the phone.

Examples of parking apps:

Easypark
LinPark - Dukaten
Parkster

Long-term parking in Linköping

Dukaten is responsible for the long-term parking at the train station. Monthly payments can be made for some parking areas within the city. Check Dukaten's website for more information about where you can park in the city for longer periods of time. Some of the apps listed above also have options to pay monthly for a parking subscription in specific areas.

How do I find parking?

The apps have multiple functions and maps that allow you to find parking near your location or a location that you specify. Not all parking areas allow for long-term parking, so please confirm this before parking in a certain spot intending to leave your car for a long period of time.

Watch this!

If you are an international exchange student and have accommodation arranged through LiU you are probably curious to know what it looks like and how all practicalities surrounding your accommodation work. This film will guide you through various aspects of student accommodation offered to you as an international exchange student.