All bilateral exchange students are offered accommodation by one of our housing partners during the first two semesters of their stay. These accommodations are in student dorm rooms with your own bathroom and a shared kitchen. The prices range between 4,200 - 4,900 SEK per month. Depending on your contract, you will pay the rent either monthly or monthly in advance with a deposition.
If you want to search for housing on your own, the Linnaeus Union has a guide for finding accommodation on their website, you can find it here. Please read the guide carefully and follow their recommendations.
Insure your dorm room and your belongings
You should purchase insurance prior to arriving in Sweden, covering your dorm room and its content against theft and damage.
Please contact the housing company for information on whether your student accommodation has an Internet connection or for advice on how to buy it. There is also the possibility of using the university computer labs or your own laptop on campus.
When you sign the lease for your room, you will also receive the rent invoice. The invoice must be paid as soon as possible.
Vacating your accommodation and inspection
When you move out, your dorm room should be clean. All rooms are inspected and you will be charged for any extra cleaning or any repairs required.
Where is my accommodation located?
The majority of exchange students are housed centrally in Kalmar. The university will easily be reached by foot, bike or bus.
In Växjö, dorm rooms are located around the city while other student accommodations are situated close to the campus. The university will easily be reached by foot, bike or bus.
Computers with internet access can be found both in the library or at your school. Internet access is available in most dorm rooms for a monthly fee of SEK 130. This fee is added to your rent invoice, and has to be paid whether you use the internet service or not. Wireless internet is not provided, meaning you need a cable to access the internet. This can be bought at any electronic store in Sweden or brought with you from home. To activate your internet account, contact the internet provider once you have moved into your dorm room.
Accommodation for Erasmus and Nordlys students
Linnaeus University is unable to offer accommodation for Erasmus and Nordlys students. If you belong to this student category, you need to search for housing on your own.
We want to facilitate your search for housing as much as we can. The Linnaeus Union has a guide for finding accommodation on their website:
Please read the guide carefully and follow its recommendations.
You are always welcome to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding finding housing in Växjö and in Kalmar.
Insure your dorm room and your belongings
You should purchase insurance prior to arriving in Sweden, covering your accommodation and its content against theft and damage.
You might have to buy Internet connection for your accommodation. Please contact the housing company or landlord for information on whether your accommodation has an Internet connection or for advice on how to buy it.
In case your accommodation does not include internet connection, you need a cable to access the internet. This can be bought at any electronic store in Sweden or brought with you from home. To activate your internet account, contact the internet provider once you have moved into your dorm room.
There is also the possibility of using the university computer labs or your own laptop on campus.
For more information regarding pick-up service and orientation days, please click here.
Residence permit for studies
Students from outside of the European Union (EU) must generally apply for a residence permit for studies. If you are required to apply for a residence permit to study in Sweden, please read the instructions on how to apply on the Swedish Migration Agency's website. Students who have a Schengen visa for another European country must also apply for a residence permit for studies in Sweden.
It is recommended to apply online, for faster processing time, and it is important to start your application as soon as you receive your Notification of Selection Results (official admission letter), since the waiting time may be long. On your Notification of Selection Results, it is stated that you are covered by the Student IN insurance. The Notification of Selection Results can be uploaded to your residence permit application for the insurance requirement.
As part of your residence permit application, you must visit a Swedish embassy/consulate in your home country to show your passport, be photographed and leave your fingerprints. The visit will take place before the decision of the application for residence permit is made. Please note that you should not enter Sweden until you have received a positive decision on your application for a residence permit.
Please contact the Swedish Migration Agency directly for any questions you might have:
What to bring
Bedding and kitchenware
You are expected to provide your own bedlinen, towels and kitchenware.
You might want to bring your own laptop as the majority of dorm rooms and apartments have a direct Internet connection. You will need a network adapter/card of Ethernet standard 10 MB and a TP cable of Category 5. If you don't have a computer or prefer not to bring one, you can of course use the computer facilities at the university.
You may wish to send personal belongings before departure.
Packages should be addressed as follows:
Kalmar: Linnaeus University, Your name, c/o International Office, Office of Student Affairs, SE-391 82 Kalmar
Växjö: Linnaeus University, Your name, c/o International Office, Office of Student Affairs, SE-351 95 Växjö
You will pick up the package from the International Office, Office of Student Affairs when you arrive at Linnaeus University. Please note that all costs related to the delivery of packages must be paid by the student.
After arrival, please have all mail and packages sent to your Swedish address.
Pre-arrival check list
Carefully go through the following list before you leave for Kalmar and Växjö:
- Familiarize yourself with the information about Sweden and Linnaeus University
- Inform the International Office, Office of Student Affairs and buddy about your arrival date and time
- Purchase complete insurance cover (bring proof of your insurance cover and/or European Health Insurance Card)
- Valid passport - this must be valid for at least the duration of your stay in Sweden plus one extra month (rules may vary from country to country).
- Letter of acceptance from Linnaeus University and other necessary documents.
- Swedish cash for immediate use upon arrival (for trains and taxi). It is also possible to exchange money at Copenhagen Airport, Stockholm Airport and the train stations in Malmö and Stockholm.
- Medical prescriptions
- Clothes - appropriate for warm, cold, wet and windy weather.
- Adaptor for electrical appliances and possibly cable for Internet. The current in Sweden is 220 volts.
For more practical information to help you prepare for your time at Linnaeus University and your stay in Sweden, please click here.
The best way to travel to Kalmar and Växjö is to fly into Copenhagen Airport. There are direct trains between the airport and both Kalmar and Växjö train stations. The train leaves every hour or every second hour. The direct train from Copenhagen takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to Växjö and 3 hours 30 minutes to Kalmar. You can buy your train ticket at the airport. If you think you are eligible for a discounted fare, you should ask when buying your ticket.
For train timetables, visit visit www.oresundstag.se or www.sj.se.
By air: several daily flights on weekdays, less frequent on
weekends. The flight time is approximately one hour to both cities. Direct flights to both Kalmar and Växjö depart from either Arlanda or Bromma airports.
Please see www.sas.se or www.flygbra.se
There is a train station at Arlanda airport; take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm central station and continue with a regular train from there to Kalmar or Växjö. The train from Stockholm takes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes to Växjö and 4 hours 30 minutes to Kalmar. For train timetables, visit www.sj.se.
Travelling by bus is usually the cheapest way of travelling within Sweden. If you want to travel by bus, visit the following websites to find appropriate destinations and timetables.
www.swebusexpress.se - long distance
www.silverlinjen.se - long distance
www.svenskabuss.se - long distance
www.klt.se - Kalmar to Hultsfred and immediate Kalmar area
www.lanstrafikenkron.se – local Växjö
Learning support for your studies
If you are a student and have some form of disability, it is possible for you to get pedagogical support during your studies. Examples of such help are help taking notes, sign language interpreter or extended time at examination sittings. You can read more about the available forms of support on this page.