Estimation of living expenses
As a student you will have additional costs (apart from tuition fees, when applicable) related to living expenses. These include food, accommodation, transport, books and other living expenses.
Approximate monthly expenses for a student in Gothenburg:
Total per month: SEK 10845 - 13145
- Accommodation SEK 4000 – 6300
- Food SEK 2500
- Course literature SEK 750 (SEK 3000 per semester)
- Telephone/internet SEK 400
- Local travel (30-day period ticket) SEK 795*
- Clothing, hobby/leisure SEK 1400
- Insurance, hygiene, other SEK 1000
* Within Gothenburg Zone A, without student discount (students get 25% discount on period tickets)
Opening a bank account in Sweden
- There are several banks you can choose from so make sure to ask about possible service fees before deciding which one to choose.
- If you intend to study in Sweden for more than one year, you can receive a personal identity number which will make it easier for you to open a bank account.
- Are you staying in Sweden for less than a year it will be harder to open a bank account. However, the bank SEB accepts international students as clients.
- Cheques are generally not accepted and banks do not handle large amount of money, so make sure to get the money/card situation sorted as soon as you can.
- Bills are generally paid through online banking and your bank can help you set this up.
- You can read more about bank accounts in Sweden on the Swedish Banker’s Association website.