The city of Gothenburg is a popular place to study which means that there is a very high demand for housing. For the same reason it can be very difficult to find a place to live, especially in the central parts of the city. You are expected to take action to find housing yourself, and the steps differ depending on whether you are a fee-paying student or not. Regardless, it is important that you take part of the information on this page as soon as you are admitted to Chalmers.
- Fee-paying students
- Scholarship students
- Erasmus Mundus
- Double master's degree
- Exchange students from outside of Europe
Students within the categories above are covered by Chalmers' housing guarantee. This means that you are guaranteed an offer of accommodation, it does not mean that your rent will be covered by the university. In the middle of June, you will receive an e-mail with an offer for a single occupancy accommodation from one of the housing agencies that Chalmers cooperates with. The e-mail will include the actions you must take to utilize the offer. The guarantee is limited to one person (ie. not partner, nor family). The accommodation can either be a one-room apartment, a single room with shared kitchen (sometimes shared bathroom as well) or a shared apartment.
The start and end dates for your rental contract may differ from the academic year and the scheduling of courses. If you get an offer and choose not to answer or to turn it down, the guarantee is not valid anymore and you will have to search for accommodation by yourself.
Not guaranteed housing
- Non-fee-paying students
If you belong to any of the above categories, you are not guaranteed housing. This means that you must apply for accommodation by yourself. It is important that you register for both student housing agencies’ queues as soon as possible (read more about the agencies below). You can also find private landlords to rent housing from and more information about this option can be found further down on this page.
Housing agencies that Chalmers works with
Chalmers has agreements with two housing agencies - SGS Studentbostäder and Chalmers studentbostäder. Make sure to apply directly to each of these agencies. Applications for accommodation are submitted online during specific time periods for different categories of students. All administration - i.e. contracts, keys, payments etc. - are handled by the housing agencies, not by Chalmers.
Housing agency SGS Studentbostäder has rooms in several parts of the city. On their website, you’ll find information about the rules that apply for their housing; including keys and contracts, rent and payments, and what is expected before departure.
Housing agency Chalmers studentbostäder offers housing nearby campus Johanneberg and campus Lindholmen. At their website, you’ll find information about the rules that apply for their housing; including keys and contracts, rent and payments, and what is expected before departure.
There is also the option to arrange your housing through private landlords or other websites/social media. Just make sure not to sign any contracts or pay any money(!) before you have visited the accommodation, to avoid getting scammed. Frauds should always be reported to the police.
Housing standard in Sweden
Normally a room in a student dormitory is furnished, which means a higher rent. Rents vary between 3500–6500 SEK/month, including Wi-Fi, electricity, heating and water. The rooms are furnished, but you need to arrange items such as: mattress, pillow, duvet, sheets, towels and kitchen utensils. (You can find reasonably priced housing items at both furniture- and food stores.) All administration (contracts, keys, payment etc.) are handled by the housing agencies, not by Chalmers. If you stay with a private landlord you need to make sure what's included in the rent, i.e. heating, water, electricity, Wi-Fi, furniture etc.
Travelling to our campus areas
Usually, you can travel from one side of Gothenburg to the other within 30 minutes by bus, tram, ferry or bike. The public transport is well designed and whether you study at Campus Johanneberg or Campus Lindholmen, you can always access the campuses in an efficient way. On the public transport travel planner website and app you get an idea of the travel time and distances to and from our campus areas.