Find a home
Publish date: 7 June 2021
Stockholm is one of the hottest tech hubs in the world and the fastest-growing city in Europe. As a consequence, the housing market is quite competitive. Find out how to best tackle the challenge of finding a home.
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Apartments in Stockholm are regulated by a rental control system to keep the rent below what the market would dictate, and those apartments are distributed through queues or contacts.
A first-hand (förstahand) contract means that the apartment is in your name and you deal directly with the landlord. This usually requires several years in the housing queue.
A second-hand (andrahand) contract is in essence a sublet, which may or may not have the consent of the landlord – and this is usually an agreement for a specified time period. Keep in mind that if you sublet an apartment without consent from the landlord, you run the risk of being evicted at short notice. Deposits are a common procedure, but shouldn’t be more than a month's rent. You should also get a receipt (even hand-written) for your deposit.
A regular studio apartment in Stockholm and the surrounding areas costs around 8,000-13,000 SEK/month. Make sure you visit the apartment before you pay anything. And if you rent a furnished apartment, make sure the furniture is of acceptable quality.
An increasingly popular option for newcomers in Stockholm, co-living offers ready access to a community in spaces that are generally very well-designed and with costs for cleaning and utilities covered by the monthly fee. This can be a great short-term option for international talent while awaiting a more permanent housing solution. As an added bonus, a lot of fellow residents will also be relatively new in town and eager to discover Stockholm with new friends.
Useful links for finding a home
There are a number of ways to find available sublets. Bostad Direkt is a commercial agency that helps people find apartments around town. They are a useful online resource for finding a second-hand rental. You pay a fee for 45 days, but get many more leads than from the free alternatives. They also check all housing ads for possible fraud before they’re published on their site, and remove old ads. Bostad Direkt helps you create a good profile, with a picture and information about yourself on their website, so possible landlords can learn a little bit about you when you do your searches.
Another commercial agency in Stockholm is Samtrygg. They can help you find legal housing since they control and verify the ads. When renting through Samtrygg, they provide sublet insurance, the possibility to rent deposit-free and personal customer service throughout the rental process. Legal counselling is also provided free of charge if needed. It is free to create a profile and search for housing. All prices on the website are final since Samtrygg's fee is already included in the rent, no extra fees are added. You can either attend virtual viewings through your smart device or computer, or by meeting the landlord in person.
Qasa is another service whose tools help you find the right tenant or home, manage rental agreements, payments, and all the other things you might find difficult with your rental.
If you're looking for a shorter-term business apartment solution make sure to check out Ett Smart.
Finally, if you're interested in buying your own place, Hemnet is the most popular site for finding a home.
Some of these sites will be in Swedish, so familiarise yourself with some basic Swedish housing vocabulary:
- Lägenhet/hyresrätt = apartment/rental apartment
- Hyra lägenhet = rent an apartment
- Uthyres (i andra hand) = to let (sublet)
- (Number) rum och kök = the number of rooms an apartment contains aside from the kitchen and WC. “2 rum och kök” is a 2-room apartment with a kitchen.