Accommodation and housing for international students

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.

Housing guarantee

Applicable for:
  • Fee-paying students
  • Scholarship students
  • Nordic5Tech
  • 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. If you start your studies in the fall, you will recieve 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 accommodation offer can come from partners which Chalmers has a temporary collaboration with, and also from private landlords as well.

Note that the offer will be sent to the e-mail address you provided when you applied to Chalmers.
If your studies begins in the spring term, you will receive information well ahead of time before arriving.
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) .

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. You have to accept an offer within a few days.

Contact:​ if you have questions about accommodation.​​

Not guaranteed housing

Applicable for:

  • Non-fee-paying students
  • Erasmus
  • Nordtek

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). The queue time at the housing companies that Chalmers has an agreement with is approximately 1½ year.
You can also find private landlords to rent housing from, and more information about this option can be found further down on this page.

Contact:​ if you have questions about accommodation.​

Housing agencies that Chalmers works with​

Chalmers has agreements with two housing agencies – SGS Studentbostäder and Chalmers Studentbostäder (CSB). Make sure to apply directly to each of these agencies (if you are not covered by the accommodation guarantee).
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.

Notice that it is very important that you follow the applicable rules wherever you live.

Housing agency SGS Studentbostäder has rooms in several parts of the city. On their website, you will find information about the rules that apply for their housing; including keys and contracts, rent and payments, and what is expected before departure. 

SGS Studentbostäder

Housing agency Chalmers Studentbostäder offers housing nearby campus Johanneberg. On their website, you will find information about the rules that apply for their housing; including keys and contracts, rent and payments, and what is expected before departure.

Private landlords

There is also the option to arrange your housing through private landlords or other websites/social media.
If you stay with a private landlord you need to make sure to receive information of what is included in the rent, i.e. heating, water, electricity, Wi-Fi, furniture etc. 
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 4000–7000 SEK/month, including Wi-Fi, electricity, heating and water. The housing provided by Chalmers’ partner agencies 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).

Coming with family - Accommodation

If you are planning on bringing your family with you to Gothenburg, there are some things to consider – both in the planning process and after your arrival. On this page you will find a lot of information that will help you, and your family members, prepare for a life in Sweden: Coming with family.
The housing guarantee only applies for one person (ie. not partner, nor family), so make sure to apply for accommodation for you and your family members as early as possible. The demand for housing in Gothenburg in general is very high and it can be difficult for families to find an apartment. Options to look into are:

Contact:​ if you have questions about accommodation.​

Travelling to and from 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.
Approximate travelling time

Chalmers' tram and bus stop.

Page manager Published: Thu 17 Nov 2022.