INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO FIND SOMEWHERE TO LIVE IN VÄXJÖ AS A NEW STUDENT.
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If you are a international student, your first step is to contact the Linnaeus University International Office via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linnestudenterna’s accommodation page
If you prefer not to stay in student accommodation there are a few other housing options, but be advised that not accepting housing offered by the university means that nobody will assist you when you fail to secure housing. You can find private lodging rooms on Linnéstudenterna’s accommodation page, www.linnestudenterna.se/bostadsformedling
Please remember that the Student Union does not own any type of housing, nor does the university.
There is a serious shortage of student apartments, so the queuing time is long, up to one year for accommodation on Campus. However, there are other options, such as lodging rooms in nearby areas or apartments in other areas.
First, to start collecting queuing points, you have to register with the two major housing companies in Växjö, VäxjöBostäder and Vidingehem. They have a joint website where they are both represented: www.boplats.vaxjo.se. Register at this site at once to start collecting points. If you want to contact them: 0470 – 59 90 00 or 0470 – 70 17 70 email@example.com. It is important to register with Boplats even if you do it late, since you always have a chance of finding housing, even with very few points.
There are a few other housing companies with apartments/rooms on and around campus. To maximize your chances register in these queues as well. The best thing is to actually call them and explain your situation. Do not count on finding the flat of your dreams from the start. Take what you can get in the beginning and look for a better option when you are here. It is not an easy task to find accommodation in Växjö and your own initiative is very important. It is very difficult to get a flat on Campus with short notice so search for accommodation in other areas as well.
Note also that standing in a queue alone is not enough; you still have to actively look for rooms or apartments on the respective websites and announce your interest if you find a room or apartment that suits you. The sooner you start looking for an apartment, the better your chances are to get good accommodation. A general rule for student housing is that you need to send in a copy of your admission letter. And remember that you cannot afford to be choosy, take what you can get even if it is not your dream apartment. The main thing is to have somewhere to stay when you arrive in Växjö.
Housing Areas in Växjö
Campus: This is where most of the student housing is located and most students want to live here. It is extremely popular so the queuing time is long, up to one year for accommodation on Campus. Everything is close by, the university as well as the student pubs, and during the warm moths the students gather on the grassy areas to socialise and party!
Teleborg: This is the residential area closest to Campus and the university, it is located on the other side of the “big road” and if you live here you can easily walk to the university. Another part of Växjö called Öster is also fairly close but we would recommend that you buy a bike!
In Central Växjö you find some student housing, mostly corridor rooms. Everything is close by, and you can still walk, bike or take a bus to the university. Alvesta, Lessebo, and Tingsryd are smaller communities around Växjö where you can live and commute to the university. Some of the housing companies will deduct the cost of a bus pass on your rent.
Types of student housing
Corridor: When you live in a corridor room you will have a private bedroom, but kitchen and other areas are shared, sometimes even toilets and showers. However, most corridor rooms in Växjö have private toilets and showers. This is a very social and often international way of living. If you are a very tidy person this might not be ideal for you, since scheduled cleaning of communal areas sometimes is “forgotten”. There is also a risk that your neighbours decide to have a party when you need to study for an exam.
One bedroom apartments: If you live in an apartment with only one room, this room will have to serve as bedroom, living room and dining room. Most one bedroom student apartments are between 22-28 m2, with a kitchenette. The rent is between 3 000 kr and 7 000 kr, depending on size and condition.
Two bedroom apartments or bigger: One or two bedrooms, living room and kitchen or kitchenette. Approximately 32-64m2. Expensive if you live on your own, but more affordable if you share. Estimated rent 4 500 – 11 000kr.
Lodging rooms: There is the option of renting a room in a private house. The rent cost varies depending on size, condition and location. Remember to write a contract so both parts are in agreement.
Rent free summer months. What is the difference between student apartments and regular apartments? It is mainly the rent, you pay rent for 10 months.
Växjöhem and Vidingehem are the two major housing companies in Växjö municipality. They have a webpage which administers both companies: www.boplats.vaxjo.se
Other companies in Växjö with student housing:
Housing companies outside of Växjö:
Allbohus Alvesta http://www.allbohus.se/
Finnvedsbostäder Rydaholm https://www.finnvedsbostader.se/ledigt-just-nu/ (only in Swedish)
Lessebohus Lessebo, Hovmantorp & Kosta http://www.lessebohus.se/
Tingsrydshus Tingsryd http://www.stiftelsen-kommunhus.tingsryd.se/
Uppvidingehus Alstermo, Lenhovda, Norrhult, Klavreström, Åseda http://www.uppvidingehus.se/
The Accommodation page on the Student Union’s website: http://linnestudenterna.se/bostadsformedling/