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Living expenses

Here is some brief information about cost of living, tuition fees, funding opportunities and more.

Living expenses 

Expenses  SEK
Accommodation 2500-5500
Food 2000
Telephone and Internet 300
Local travel (bus/tram) 435-580
Hobbies and leisure 1000
Insurance, medical care etc 300
Total (approximately) 8000 


The cost of accommodation varies widely throughout Gothenburg. The more flexible you are in terms of location and type of accommodation, the lower the rent can be. Kitchens are almost always furnished (with fridge, freezer, stove etc.), but be prepared to pay extra for electricity and internet.

More about student housing


A monthly pass for the local public transport costs SEK 460 and 610, depending on if you are under or over 20 years old. Gothenburg is a bicycle-friendly city. Riding a bicycle will not only save you money but in some cases get you faster from one place to another.

More about transportation in Gothenburg

Eating out

Dining out at restaurants can be somewhat expensive in Sweden, though student bars and restaurants often have discounted prices.

Lunch at a student restaurant on or around campus typically costs SEK 55–70; at an average café or restaurant SEK 65–95. Dinner starts at SEK 100–150, not including drinks. At most restaurants and bars, an inexpensive beer or glass of wine will cost about SEK 60; prices can be significantly lower at events arranged by student unions.

Tuition fees

International students from outside the EEA who don’t hold a Swedish residence permit are required to pay tuition fees in Sweden. Exchange students and EEA residents don't need to pay fees in Sweden, but as a freemover from abroad you need to check fees carefully before applying.

More on who needs to pay tuition fees

How much is tuition?

In Sweden, the tuition fee depends on the course or programme you are taking. At the University of Gothenburg the tuition fees for full-time studies will range from SEK 100 000 to SEK 192 500 per year.

For exact tuition fees, see the description pages for each course or programme:

Course and programme search

Financial guarantee to get a residence permit

When applying for a residence permit, you must prove to the Swedish Migration Agency that you will have a guaranteed amount of money at your disposal throughout the entire period of your studies. More precisely, you must show that you will have at least SEK 8010 per month at your disposal for 10 months of the year. If you can show that you will receive free board and lodging, the required amount is reduced. If you wish to bring your family, you must show that you have at your disposal an additional SEK 3500 per month for your spouse and SEK 2100 per month per child.

More details on the Migration Agency website

Getting funded

The University of Gothenburg offers a number of scholarships for fee-paying students. As a European student or an Erasmus student, you can get a scholarship from the European Commission.

There are also options for current students at the University of Gothenburg to apply for smaller scholarships.

Part-time jobs and student discounts

As a student you can work in Sweden alongside your studies without having to apply for a work permit, provided that you have a residence permit for the whole duration of your stay. If you are a citizen of an EEA country, you are allowed to reside and work in Sweden without a residence permit, but you will need to register with the Swedish Migration Agency.

Swedish Migration Agency

More information on finding part-time jobs and student discounts is available at the Student Portal:


Swedish Currency

The currency in Sweden is the Swedish crown, referred to as "SEK" internationally, and "kronor, kr" in Sweden.

Coins: 1, 2, 5 and 10 kronor.

Banknotes: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kronor.

Page Manager: Webmaster|Last update: 10/20/2017

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