Living costs in Sweden
As a new student in Lund, it can be a good idea to make your own budget to help plan your expenses. Bear in mind that the first month is often the most expensive, with various costs associated with setting up your study and living arrangements and getting to know your way around.
Your living costs in Sweden will naturally depend on your individual lifestyle. Eating out and travelling around can be expensive and this is something you may want to consider when planning your budget. However, many places also offer student discounts.
The Swedish currency is the krona. It is abbreviated SEK. To compare, SEK 100 is roughly EUR 10 or USD 11. Please see a currency converter for updated rates and for rates in your own currency.
Swedish students who have been approved for full students loans and grants from the Swedish government receive approximately SEK 9 000–10 000 per month. However, many international students get by on a budget somewhere in between the required SEK 8 694 and the Swedish student loan amount.
Below is a breakdown of how a monthly budget may look, depending on your specific cost of rent and leisure activities:
- Food SEK 2 300
- Accommodation SEK 3 600–5 200*
*Please note that this is only a rough estimate of costs. Visit the housing pages for more information
- Course literature SEK 400–1 000
- Miscellaneous expenses including clothing, mobile phone, leisure, etc: SEK 1 500
When you join Studentlund, you get a student card, ’Studentkortet’, that functions both as an ID-card/membership card (when you attend student events at the student unions and nations) and as a student discount card. The card (together with your regular ID card) gives you access to discounts at certain cafés, restaurants and on travel tickets (e.g. Skanetrafiken and SJ) as well as on fashion, computers, mobile phones, books etc., both in shops and online.
- Information on available discounts with the Studentkortet card at studentkortet.se (in Swedish)
- FAQ about the student card at studentkortet.se
- What is Studentlund?