We offer accommodation to Formal Exchange Students at Uppsala University.  Students can only apply for housing through their receiving department at Uppsala University or the International Office. Formal Exchange Students will be allocated a student room or a studio, subject to the deadline for the submission of application and subject to the allocation of housing to your department. All formal exchange students are not guaranteed housing, and those who are will only get guaranteed housing for a maximum of two semesters. We can only give a maximum of one offer per student.

Find information about accommodation areas offered to exchange students under Accommodation.

How to Apply

You will receive a link to an online application form from your coordinator at Uppsala University in good time before the application period opens.

The application form for Spring 2021 is open from November 15th until November 30st, 2020 and is only available for those given access by their coordinator at Uppsala University.

Read more about the application process here

Who is a Formal Exchange Student?

A Formal Exchange Student is a student who is here via one of the University’s formal exchange agreements (for example Erasmus, Nordplus or Linneaus-Palme). A formal agreement may be either a “bilateral” agreement between two departments or a “general” agreement between two entire universities. It is not a formal exchange if you have organized your studies by communicating directly with a professor at a department. Not sure? Check with your coordinator at home or with your coordinator at Uppsala University.

“Free movers” are those international students who choose to travel on their own initiative. In practice it means almost all international students who are not exchange students. Even those of you involved in programs, such as a master program are in fact free movers.

Those of you undertaking an internship at Uppsala University are not classified as students. You must therefore secure your own housing.

Other Housing in Uppsala

For those students who aren’t eligible to apply for accommodation at Uppsala University Housing Office we recommend visiting Studentboet for more information about other housing options in Uppsala. The website is administered by the Student Union and contains information regarding various housing companies in the Uppsala region. There is also an advertisement part, where private citizens are renting out rooms and apartments. Students can also advertise for rooms or apartments to sublet.

The housing market in Uppsala is highly regulated. Many housing companies require you to register with them and they allocate apartments on the basis of how long you have been waiting – that is, how many “queue days” (swe: ködagar) you have. You should not underestimate how much time and effort it will take you to secure housing. During the beginning of the semester it can even be difficult to find a hostel room.

Your first step should always be to contact your department. Some departments have their own contacts or even their own rooms that they can assist with. You should however note that many departments do not have any experience with housing questions and you should not rely on them to provide you with housing.


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