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Accommodations for Staff

This page provides information about finding accommodation for incoming researchers, doctoral students and staff. Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and is hugely popular not only with students, but also companies. Many people are moving to study and work in Gothenburg, causing a housing shortage. For this reason, we encourage you to begin looking for accommodation as soon as possible.

University Guest Housing

The University of Gothenburg offers temporary accommodation for international researchers. 

The residences are located at various addresses in Gothenburg and Mölndal with either walking distance or good communications to the city center and the size of the residences varies from single rooms to three rooms and kitchens.

The residences are intended for doctoral students, guest researchers and newly recruited researchers. Special conditions apply according to the new law, see external link Förordning om möjlighet för universitet och högskolor att tillhandahålla bostäder (2022:1515)

All bookings and reservations are to be made by your host department.

Pickup service

Tenants who will be staying in one of the University’s guest accommodations are offered a personal welcome and pickup upon their arrival, free of charge. Transport can be arranged either to the booked accommodation or to the host department. The host is also informed once the pickup has been confirmed.

We offer this service upon first arrival.
 

Housing hotels

Housing hotels offer fully furnished apartments that can be rented during shorter and longer periods. The University of Gothenburg has three procurement contracts for areas based on proximity to the university’s institutions and faculties.

Home Finding Service via a relocation company

Home finding service means that a relocation company searches for second-hand housing that matches the wishes of the client. The University of Gothenburg has no procured agreement with a relocation company regarding home finding service, so any company can be contacted for this service. Contact welcomeservices@gu.se for more information.

Hotell Longstay via avropa.se

The University of Gothenburg uses state agreements procured by the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet).
In the category Longstay, there are hotels that offers stays for a week or more, and the services include furnished rooms/apartments including some cooking facilities. 

For more information, visit avropa.se.

Bookings and reservation

All bookings and reservations of housing hotels, relocation companies and longstay hotels are to be made by the host department.

SGS Student Housing for doctoral students

If you are a doctoral student, you can apply for accommodation through SGS, a foundation managing Gothenburg’s largest range of student housing. Even though the waiting time is normally about one and a half years, it is not impossible to be offered an accommodation through SGS's Direct and Last Minute. Start by creating an account on https://sgs.se

On the marketplaces "Direct" and "Last Minute", it can be easier to get an accommodation

Direkten

Homes that are published on "Direkten" are usually immediately available. Direct housing can come in randomly at any time 9 am – 4 pm, Monday - Friday. They are then published on our website on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 pm. 

How it works:

1. Log in to "My pages". Go to "Vacant objects". Choose marketplace "Direct" and click "Search".

2. If we have something, you can register your interest in the object.

3. When 5 people have registered their interest, the object disappears from the website and an offer goes out immediately to the first 5.

4. Of these 5 who have received an offer, it is the queuing time that determines who gets the contract.

5. Once you have made an expression of interest, you will receive an offer immediately. There you should answer yes or no within
   publication time (yes-answer is binding). The one with the longest queue time of those who has accepted, receives the rental agreement. 
   if there are no payment remarks. The other four are notified by e-mail that they have not received the housing contract.

NOTE! If you are already living with SGS and applying for an accommodation via "Direkten", you risk getting double rent.

Be aware that it can be difficult to get a direct apartment because there are many applicants.

 

Last minute

Accommodation published on the marketplace "Last Minute" are immediately available. Queue time does not apply here, it is "first come, first served".
Last minute can come randomly at any time 9 am-4 pm, Monday - Friday.
These accommodations can be published any day, Monday - Friday and at any time, 9 am-4pm.

Last minute accommodation are usually single rooms with shared group kitchens.

How it works:

1.    Log in to "My pages". Go to "available objects". Select marketplace "Last minute" and click "Search".

2.    Most often it will say "No results", which means that we have nothing published right now.

3.    If there is an accommodation published, you can call SGS Kundservice, 031-333 63 00 and register your interest. 
You cannot register your interest on the website.

4.    4. If you are the first to call in and are entitled to apply for the home, you will receive the contract if there are no payment remarks.

Be aware that it can be very difficult to get a last minute as many people are looking for these accommodations.

SGS Studentbostäder - How to apply

Other housing options

The Move to Gothenburg web portal provides a lot of helpful information about finding a home in, and around, Gothenburg. You will find useful tips about where to look, how to expand your search, and what to keep in mind. You can read about tenancy rights, different aspects of renting first hand and second hand, what to think about if you are contemplating buying a home, and much more.

Avoid scams

Just like everywhere else, there are fictive landlords trying to trick you. You should be careful about “too good to be true” offers.

Also, make sure that you

  • never transfer a deposit to the landlord until you or a friend has actually seen the lease and place;

  • insist on having a written leasing contract when you agree with a landlord to let or sublet a room/flat;
  • use an authorized leasing contract.