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Student housing

The International Housing Office (IHO) at Umeå University can assist tuition fee-paying students and exchange students who have been nominated by their home universities with accommodation for a maximum period of two academic terms.

We can offer single-occupancy student room accommodation in student corridors. Our accommodation is off-campus, but within walking distance of the campus.

We are proud that we are perhaps Sweden's only university that offers the possibility to choose your own accommodation from our housing stock.

Our housing stock consists of some 600 student rooms that are located in five different student housing areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Accommodation

  • For how long can I rent a student room through the IHO?

    The maximum period that you as an international student can rent a room through the International Housing Office at Umeå University is two terms (one academic year).

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  • Do I have a private bathroom?

    All rooms (except those in Tunnelbacken area) have a private bathroom with a toilet, shower and sink. In Tunnelbacken area you share a shower with other students in your dorm (approximately 5-6 other students) but you have your own toilet and sink in the room.

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  • How many students live in the dorms?

    In general about 6-10 students per corridor but it can vary a bit.

    Note: Not all students are necessarily renting from the IHO. Some of the tenants may hold a contract with Bostaden directly.

    Check the room information before you make your reservation to get more details about the room and dorm. All students in the corridor share the same kitchen (except for Historiegränd, ground floor and first floor, where there are kitchenettes in each room).

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  • What happens if I lose my key?

    For safety reasons, losing your key will lead to a lock change at your expense. Report the lost key to the IHO and contact your area caretaker to make the lock change. An invoice for the cost will be sent to you (the cost is approx. SEK 1500 depending on key).

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  • Can I share accommodation with a friend or a partner?

    At the moment, the IHO only sublets single occupancy rooms in student dorms. It is prohibited to live more than one person in the same room.

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Application

  • How do I apply for housing through the IHO?

    Exchange students: When your coordinator at your home university nominates you for studies at Umeå University, she/he should also fill in the question "Apply for housing" and also specify the requested period for accommodation.

    Tuition fee-paying students/Scholarship students: You will receive the application instructions when your tuition fee is paid or when you have accepted your scholarship offer.

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  • What happens after my application?

    By mid June/beginning of December, depending on which term you apply for, you will receive an Offer of Housing to your e-mail. In this Offer of Housing you will be asked to make an advance payment of SEK 8,000 that will secure your reservation for accommodation. Once we have received your payment (roughly 8-10 business days later) you will be given a password that allows you to log in to our housing database and choose a room from our housing stock.

    The information above does not apply to short term students.

    Note: If possible, make the payment in SEK. The IHO cannot refund you any excess payments due to currency exchange rates.

    See also Information for Tenants.

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  • I will only be in Umeå for a short time, how can I get accommodation?

    In the online application for exchange studies at Umeå University, specify that your "stay is shorter than one term" and fill in your estimated arrival and departure date. With a short term contract it is not possible to choose your location, this will be done by the IHO. Furthermore, the monthly rent is slightly higher than if staying a full term. See How to Apply for Housing.

    As a tuition fee-paying student, do not forget to write your requested time period when you apply.

    Note: Short term students need to pay the total rent in advance.

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Advance Payment

  • What is the advance payment?

    In your Offer of Housing you will be asked to make an advance payment to secure your reservation for housing. This advance payment is not only a prepayment but also corresponds to approximately half the terms rent. Furthermore, the advance payment includes an administrative fee (service fee) of 800 SEK that is not refundable.

    Note: If possible, make the payment in SEK. The IHO cannot refund you any excess payments due to currency exchange rates. For currency rates, see for example www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ or www.forex.se/en/.

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  • I have already made the advance payment but I will not come to Umeå. What shall I do?

    If you for any reason are unable to come to Umeå you should notify the IHO as soon as possible. If you make the cancellation later than one month before the start of your contract, the IHO will keep one month's rent and refund you the rest. The service fee of SEK 800 is always kept at cancellations.

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  • How will I know that you have received my advance payment?

    When we have received your advance payment you will be sent a password to your e-mail address which your coordinator at your home university stated in the nomination. With this password you can log in to our housing booking system and book a room.

    If you have a short term contract you will not be able to book a room, instead the IHO staff will allocate you to an available room. Information about the room address will be sent when we have received your advance payment.

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Rent

  • How many rent payments are there per term/year

    The total rent (5 months for a full term) for your stay is divided into two installments per term. The first being your advance payment. We are not able to accept monthly payments. For the second rent payment you will receive an invoice to your address in Umeå, approximately by the middle of October/end of February. Make sure to put a name tag onto your post box outside of your housing corridor.

    If you are staying with the IHO for a full academic year the first rent payment for spring term is due in the middle of December. The last rent payment is due in the beginning of March.

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  • How will I know if you have received my rent payment?

    You will receive an e-mail confirmation.

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Arrival

Contact Information

International Housing Office (IHO)
Infocenter Universum
Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå 

Opening hours
Mon-Thur, 9:30 am-12 noon

Tel: +46 90-786 57 72
housing@umu.se