Göteborgs universitet

Student housing

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. This page offers information for all our international students looking for a place to live in Gothenburg.

Finding housing

Although there is student housing in the city, it is near impossible to find accommodation in a student room in time for the start of the semester. In fact, it can take a year or longer before you receive an offer for student housing. Fortunately, there are other alternatives, such as renting a room in an apartment or home. Although many students would prefer private student housing, renting a room from a Swedish family can have advantages in terms of learning Swedish quicker and becoming familiar with Swedish culture and customs.

To maximize your chances of finding accommodation quickly, we recommend that you not limit your search to the city centre where the competition is the stiffest. Widen your search to include areas outside of the city centre as well. Public transportation in the city is effective and offers wide coverage, so staying outside the city centre is not a problem. You could always move closer to where your classes are later. The important thing is that you find somewhere to stay initially.

Short term housing solutions

If you haven't found a place to stay at the beginning of the semester there are many hostels and hotels offering long-stay in Gothenburg. Contact the Gothenburg Visitor Centre for a list of all of them.

Gothenburg Visitor Centre

Eligible categories for University student housing

Our possibilities to provide student housing is regulated by Swedish law.
Eligible categories of students are:

- Fee-paying students
- Exchange students 

Ordinance regarding the possibility for universities to provide housing

SGS Student Housing Foundation

All international students (non fee-paying, fee-paying, exchange, and doctoral students) can apply for accommodation through SGS, which is a foundation managing Gothenburg’s largest range of student accommodation. You can register as soon as you are considering applying to the University of Gothenburg to maximize your time in the queue. This will increase your chance of getting an apartment or room.

Even though the waiting time is normally about one and a half years, it is not impossible to be offered an accommodation through SGS faster. Accordingly, it can pay off to keep a close eye on SGS and to check in frequently.

Apply for housing at SGS

Housing for family

Please note it is very hard to find student housing for families. There are two things we recommend: 

  • Start looking for housing as soon as you have been admitted. 
  • Consider to travel alone to Gothenburg at first. It is easier to find single room housing and once you are here you can look for accommodation that suits families. 

Exchange and fee paying students 

The University of Gothenburg offers student rooms and apartments to exchange students within the Erasmus and Linnaeus Palme programmes, exchange students that come as part of a bilateral agreement and fee paying students.

As an exchange student, you apply for housing as part of your application for exchange studies to the University of Gothenburg (please note that you have to be nominated by your Home University before applying if you are an exchange student). You state that you would like to apply for student housing, and we will get back to you about the outcome.

If you are assigned a student accommodation, we will provide instructions on how to proceed with the registration process at SGS/UGOT.

It's important to note that you can register with SGS in advance, and this won't impact your chances in the UGOT queue. When the allocation process begins, SGS will simply transfer your profile to the UGOT queue.

Register with SGS

No Housing Guarantee

Please note that the University does not guarantee housing. There is a shortage of housing in Gothenburg, which affects student accommodations during the autumn.

For information about alternative housing options, please read the section below under the heading “More ways to find housing”.

Fully booked

For the autumn semester 2024 all University student housing is now fully booked. In the unlikely event of cancellations students will be contacted via email. 

Språkskrapan - housing with a co-living option

For exchange, fee-paying students and international researchers

More ways of finding housing

The Move to Gothenburg web portal provides a lot of helpful information about finding a home in, and around, Gothenburg. Regardless of whether you are coming to the city to study or to work, 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.

Tips on finding housing on movetogothenburg.com

Chalmers Studentbostäder 
Housing agency Chalmers Studentbostäder (CSB) own and maintain 2382 student apartments that are all within walking distance from Chalmers campus areas; Johanneberg and Lindholmen. Students from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg can apply by registering in the housing queue. The available apartments are published mainly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Apply for housing at Chalmers studentbostäder

Student Stories

Adelric Wong's housing story 

In my first year in Gothenburg, securing a place was rather difficult, so I signed up with several housing queues in the meantime to secure queue time, but realistically, I knew I had to find a place to stay there and then. So, with minimal availability or alternatives otherwise, I turned to booking places via Airbnb, moved from one place to another every few months. Then, I found a room in a shared apartment through private rentals via Boplats, and stayed there for some months. Following that, I obtained long-term accommodation through SBS and stayed at the Lindholmen container apartments. I stayed there pretty long, before I was eligible in my second year of studies with sufficient student housing queue time with SGS and applied for an apartment near Lindholmen near one of my friends so we could become neighbours. It was definitely a wild journey in my first year, constantly changing neighbourhoods and adjusting to new housing environments. 

Any advice to future students regarding this?

My suggestion to new students is that you should be willing to make an initial compromise and stay out of your comfort zone while upgrading your living situation over time whenever opportunity and availability presents itself, but it is best to not be too picky for the first few accommodations you get, especially if you lack any significant queue time as there are more pressing matters to focus on, such as university studies.

FAQ on Housing