Living in Stockholm?
Finding Accommodation in Stockholm
Despite its small-town flair, Stockholm is a metropolis like any other. This becomes particularly obvious during the apartment hunt. Give yourself enough time to search for accommodation and make sure you find a place where you actually feel at home. The housing market in Stockholm is particularly competitive. Conditions can prove to be even harsher for expats who are not fluent in Swedish. The housing shortage is so intense that there is something of a black market growing in the Swedish real estate world, where people will swap rental contracts or sell them for a ‘finders’ fee.
The Apartment Search
While the living standard in Sweden is often high, living in Stockholm doesn’t always come cheap. You should expect to pay around 17,515 SEK or more per month for an average three-bedroom apartment in an average neighborhood. In upper-class neighborhoods the rent will be a lot higher, of course.
The Internet can be a great resource for your apartment search. Online classifieds such as blocket.se and bopunkten.se might be just the place to find the apartment of your dreams. Unfortunately, these websites are only available in Swedish. Thus, if your Swedish language skills are still at a minimum, hiring a real estate agent is always a good idea.
For more information on Stockholm’s districts, please refer to our article on Moving to Stockholm or visit our Stockholm community. Expats already living in Stockholm can give you some advice or may even be able to help you along the way.
First-Hand Rental Apartments
While living in Stockholm, you have the opportunity to rent an apartment with a first-hand or “second-hand” rental agreement. However, expats often face difficulties when trying to get their hands on a first-hand contract. You might be expected to provide a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer) or proof of a guaranteed income.
To get a first-hand rental apartment, you need to register with your municipality and ask to be put on a waiting list. Keep in mind that in cities like Stockholm the waiting list is usually very long. You may have to wait months or even years before you are considered for a first-hand rental.
Subletting an apartment is much more common, particularly in a city like Stockholm. You do not have to provide your personal identity number and the rental agreement is signed with the owner of the apartment or the holder of the first-hand rental contract.
Even though it is not so difficult to find a second-hand rental apartment, you should still be aware that signing a formal contract is essential. These contracts are always made between private individuals and should contain all formal information about the rental agreement.
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