Hard decision, especially when you need to decide about where to live before you actually arrive here in Lund. But it’s good that you have us. So not difficult. Keep on reading, then you know why.
We collected some information about student housing, housing in general and living at one of the Nations here in Lund. There are many ways to find your “home sweet home” away from home, but you need to become active for that.
Some preparation to find housing
Check Student Housing Lund
Check Lund International Housing Office
Check housing agencies
here you can actually post your own ad, saying you need accommodation. It actually helps, believe it or not! Some of our friends got a lot of replies and it was easier to find a place to stay. Especially when you’re not the one sending the 100th e-mail and waiting for a reply that might never come. This is a safer way. Who has an offer will contact you. It’s a bit like dating. You show you’re available, but you wait for the offers to come to you.
it helps to enter the different groups in Lund, where students sometimes post available accommodation. Here are some examples:
Those links will help you to start your search. Reminder: Once you start gathering information, you will probably be at the same time totally confused, because of all the different types of housing. That’s why we created this post for you. By the way, it has a good reason why we chose exactly those suggestions. You’ll know why in a minute. Just continue reading again.
Living in Student Housing
Klostergården is one of the student houses let by the IHO (International Housing Office). Most apartments are studios for one person (they can be furnished for two… but we don’t recommend that unless you really, really, really love the other person). Thus, Klostergården is perfect for students who enjoy having their own space. It’s in a very nice residential area and close to the city, Netto and Stadsparken, but you sure need a good bike to get around to the nations, Delphi, Gerdahallen, LTH etc.
Delphi is one of the most famous dorms for its constant parties and also for the great rooms it offers. This dorm offers the biggest rooms, with shower, and a corridor kitchen.
Living in Private Housing
You can find private housing opportunities especially on BoPoolen. It’s a public website where you can find offers. You can create as well an account and a profile that you are looking for something. That’s how Andreea and Lena found their home sweet homes. They live together with their landladies. Lena has as well another flatmate – King Fluffy, the cat. Lena lives in Nöbbelöv, which is in the North-West of Lund, 10 minutes away from the city centre. She lives in a big house in a very cosy and friendly area. The landlady is Polish and very nice. When you move in somewhere and will live together with the landlord or landlady it is always tricky in the beginning, until you get to know each other, but as soon as you live here longer, everything is perfect.
Andreea lives in Östra Torn. Her advice for you is to find a flat where the landlords don’t have kids. As the walls are so very thin, you need a quiet family to live with. However, if you need a place asap, take whatever you can get and if you really don’t enjoy it, you can move later. Be careful when signing your contract, not to be trapped. Sometimes landlords trick you into having a 3 months’ notice in case you want to move, for their financial security. Push to have only 1 months’ notice, so you can escape in case you don’t enjoy the place.
Living in the Center (Nation)
In Lund are around 13 different Nations and if you are lucky enough you might get accommodation (room/studio) in one of their corridors. Living in such a corridor is one of the best and liveliest ways of getting into student life because it involves living with local Swedish students, while enjoying the particular atmosphere of the Nation. The renting costs depend on the Nation and on the offered type of accommodation (around SEK 2800 – 4800). Students who are active or show a strong interest in being active at their Nation are strongly prioritized and will easier get a room. Most Nations are close or in the city centre and I would say it is one of the best living options while studying in Lund.