Arranging your housing
In Sweden, you can either buy or rent a house or an apartment. Buying can be in the form of ordinary ownership (typical for houses) or by becoming a member of a housing co-op (standard for apartments and common with semi-detached houses).
In the rental market, you will find both private and municipal landlords. Rental apartments are more common than houses—although these can also be found. Most rentals are unfurnished. Whether you buy or rent accommodation, you will find a cooker, fridge and freezer in place. There may also be a dishwasher and a washing machine. Most apartment buildings have bookable laundry rooms. Heating and hot water are generally included in the rent but other services such as electricity, broadband etc. may or may not be included. Local and national newspapers contain adverts about houses and apartments for sale or rent. Municipalities often have information about local flats to rent on their websites. If you take a bank loan or mortgage to buy a house or an apartment, you can deduct the interest you pay on the loan from your taxable income. Please note that you need a place to live in order to register as a resident in Sweden. For more housing details and contact information please visit the municipality websites.
Useful links for finding a home
blocket.se, hyrabostad.se, hyralya.se, andrahand.se, bostadsdeal.se, findroommate.se, qasa.se
Some of these sites will be in Swedish, so familiarise yourself with some basic Swedish housing vocabulary:
Lägenhet/hyresrätt = flat/rental flat
Hyra lägenhet = rent a flat
Uthyres (i andra hand) = to let (sublet)
(Number) rum och kök = the number of rooms a flat contains aside from the kitchen and WC. “2 rum och kök” is a 2-room flat with a kitchen.
If you're interested in buying your own place, Hemnet is the most popular site for finding a home