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Student life in Gothenburg

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What is it then that makes Gothenburg special? Some say that it is the fact that Gothenburg is somewhere between a small town and a large city. It's big enough to offer the buzz of the city and plenty of activities, but small enough to feel intimate.

Others say it is the location. Gothenburg is situated on the beautiful west coast and the city is defined by the harbor and proximity to the sea. You can leave the city buzz and hop on a public ferry that takes you out to the archipelago.

Student Housing

You can find information about housing below:
Boplats Göteborg
Please click here for more information regarding housing (updated 2012-03-28)

Cost of Living

Living expenses are approximately SEK 7000 per month.

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Insurance, medical care and hygiene


Clothing, Hobby/leisure, other


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Residence Permit

All foreign students are adviced to contact the nearest Swedish Embassy or Consulate for information with regard to visa, residence permit etc.

In order to find the nearest Swedish Embassy/Consulate see the Sweden Abroad website.

The immigration authorities in Sweden, the Migration Board, require that foreign students have the funding necessary for their subsistence during the complete period of study, i.e. two years. The reqired amount is 7.300 SEK pr. month during ten months of the year. This means that when applying for a student visa for a two year programme, you need to show that you have 146 000 SEK.

For more information see the Migration Board website.


Before you leave your home country, it is advisable that you review your insurance coverage. Enquire at your regional social insurance office and your insurance company. For more information about Insurance for foreign students please follow the Link.

Insurance information

Letters from Gothenburg

Interested in knowing what Gothenburg is like from a student perspective? Check out the University of Gothenburgs student blog "Letters from Gothenburg".

Don´t forget to read the blog of former student Ksenyia, student at the MSc programme in International Business and Trade.

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