I’m not going to lie, I’m a tad stingy when it comes to daily living. I like to spend as little as possible on the necessities so I can put more money towards travelling, social experiences, and my interests such as studying Spanish (the “other” you see listed in the chart below). That being said, I also tend to be a tad lazy sometimes, so there are some days I will buy my lunch. However, in general, I cook one big meal a week to save money. I rarely take public transportation because Chalmers and the grocery store are within walking distance.
I also love walking so often I’ll go by foot if I have something to do in the city centre! Currently, I don’t pay for a gym membership as I have a yoga mat and do exercises at home! (I do plan on purchasing one soon though!)
I will say that although I list 8000 kronor as my monthly cost of living, I tend to spend a bit more because I travel to other countries in Europe almost every month. But for me, it is worth it! You can definitely live more cheaply than I, you just have to decide what’s important to you!
When I first came to Sweden, I was living in Mölndal, which is a town near Gothenburg, and I was renting out a room from a Swedish family. Now I am living in student housing in Gothenburg. I am trying to sustain my budget by cooking lunches myself, but 1 or 2 times per month I eat out if I forget to cook. My other expenses are for my health, a gym card for my yoga lessons and physiotherapy which I have to pay extra for. I like to travel so I go 3 times in a year home to Poland and I also travel a bit around Sweden. I like to discover new places and going out with friends. For my studies in Architecture, I don’t have to buy many books, but I need materials for models and have to pay for printing my posters.