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Student housing

The Housing Office (HO) 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 500 single-occupancy student rooms that are located in five different student housing areas. 

For exchange students: Should there be a large number of applicants, students registered for at least 15 ECTS per term are prioritized.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Accommodation

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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 HO. 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.

  • 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 HO 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).

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

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



  • How do I apply for housing through the HO?

    Exchange students: If you want the HO to arrange your accommodation, all you need to do - when filling in your information in Solemove - is to click ”Yes, I am enclosing the housing application…” and specify the housing period (a short-term or full-term contract). If ”Yes”, then your application is noted, no enclosure needed.

    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.

  • What happens after my application?

    By beginning of June/mid-November, depending on which term you apply for, you will receive an Offer of Housing for a single-occupancy room to your e-mail. In this Offer of Housing you will be asked to make an advance payment that will secure your reservation for accommodation. Once we have received your payment (approx. one week 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 HO cannot refund you any excess payments due to currency exchange rates.

    See also Information for Tenants.

  • 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 HO. 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.


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 (4000 SEK) is not only a prepayment but also corresponds to approximately one month's rent including an administrative fee (service fee) of 800 SEK. The advance payment, except for the administrative fee of 800 SEK, is refundable up until the first day of the semester. After that date, a refund is not possible.

    Note: If possible, make the payment in SEK. The HO cannot refund you any excess payments due to currency exchange rates. For currency rates, see for example or

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

    If you for any reason, e.g. due to the corona pandemic, are unable to come
    to Umeå you should notify the HO as soon as possible.

  • 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 HO staff will allocate you to an available room. Information about the room address will be sent when we have received your advance payment.



  • How many rent payments are there per term/year

    The total rent (5 months for a full term) for your stay is divided into three instalments 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 end of August/end of January. The last rent payment for the term will be sent out in the middle of October/end of March. Make sure to put a name tag onto your post box outside of your housing corridor.

    If you are staying with the HO 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 April.

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

    You will receive an e-mail confirmation.



  • Where should I go when I arrive in Umeå?

    On the recommended arrival days, 23 and 24 August:

    If you arrive by airplane you will be able to pick up your keys at the HO reception at the Umeå Airport. If you arrive by other means (train, bus, car etc.) you should go to Infocenter Universum, where you can collect the keys to your accommodation.

    On arrival outside of the recommended arrival days:

    You should go to Infocenter Universum.

    For guidance about your arrival, see Arriving and moving in.

  • Will someone pick me up at the airport/train station/bus station?

    During the recommended arrival days, 23 and 24 August, we offer bus transportation from Umeå Airport to a location near your address.

  • I will arrive after the Recommended Arrival Day, how can I get my key?

    Inform the HO about your late arrival through the online arrival confirmation. The opening hours are extended during the recommended arrival day(s) but not afterwards so make sure that you arrive during regular office hours.

    If you arrive in the evening or during the weekend you must arrange a temporary accommodation until next working day. You could also ask a friend already in Umeå to pick up your keys during the HO's opening hours. In that case the HO needs the name of your friend, and he/she needs to bring some ID (e.g. passport).


Contact Information

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

Due to reducing the risk of spreading the corona virus, the HO staff is working from home. Physical meetings have to be scheduled through an email to the HO.

Note: The recommended arrival days for the autumn semester 2021 are scheduled to 23 and 24 August. 

Tel: +46 90-786 57 72