Sweden is among the world leaders in higher education and some of the country’s reputation is due to the independent studies system that involves less teacher-led time and more group and independent study. In other words, higher education in Sweden is based on self-development coupled with “freedom and responsibility”.

The number of international students enrolled in the universities of Sweden is constantly growing and the percentage of those who are admitted is above half. So, studying in Sweden could be a really attractive option. But before you head to your application, you should know more about all of the financial aspects of studying and living in Sweden.

Student Living Cost

Monthly living costs for students in Sweden are a bit above other European countries, meaning they would spend on average 860 – 970 EUR/month.

Accommodation Cost

One of the most important expenses of students is accommodation. This is why 40% of the monthly students’ expenses is represented by accommodation.

  • Students living alone: 508 EUR/month
  • Students living with partner/children: 604 EUR/month
  • Students living in residence halls: 479 EUR/month
Universities in Sweden
  1. Linnaeus University
  2. Royal Institute of Technology
  3. Malmo University
  4. Lund university
  5. Holland International Study Center
  6. Jonkoping University
  7. Halmstad university
Work During Studies

As an international student in Sweden, you’re allowed to work alongside your studies – there’s no official limitation for how many hours you can work. However, it’s important to keep your studies as your first priority – even when you don’t have many classroom hours, you’re expected to spend the equivalent of a 40-hour work week reading and working on assignments.

Work After Studies

Sweden is a great place to start your career, and innovative, international companies are found throughout the country.

You can apply to extend your residence permit for up to six months to search for a job or start a company, and if you receive a job offer meeting certain conditions you can then apply for a work permit. For more information on requirements and how to apply for an extension or a work permit.