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Find a home

There are a few things that you need to think about when you are moving here, for example where you want to live. We will do our best to help you on your way to find a home that you feel comfortable in.

Accommodation service

The university have a number of apartments that you as an international guest can apply for. 

What we offer

We can assist a temporary accommodation for international research fellows, postdocs as well as visiting lecturers and research fellows, and similar.

We offer a wide range of apartments and student dorm rooms according to a queuing system. All our apartments have a standard according to Swedish rental laws and have been renovated more or less within the last decade. We only sublet furnished apartments. Cutlery is included in all our apartments. In the student dorm rooms with shared kitchen you will have to bring your own cutlery. 

The prices is set in accordance with rental laws. Tenants are to pay a reasonable rent for their housing. When you make an interest you will see what the rent is for that apartment. The price model means that tenants pay rent plus an additional 15 percent for furnishing. Besides rent, tenants are responsible for paying their own utility bills and services such as internet, electricity and cleaning upon leaving the accommodation.

How do I search for an apartment?

Your deparment will make a request to the Housing Office, informing us that you are in search of somewhere to live. When the request has been filed, you will receive an e-mail with a link to the site Ponduspro. There you are asked to fill in the information compulsory. You will now be able to find apartments matching your criteria and register interest. Select Join the queue as soon as possible as your points start counting from day 1 (1 day in queue equals 1 point). 

Under avaliable now, apartments will be published approximately three months before access/move-in date. You can choose to add subscription to receive an e-mail for avaliable apartments which match your criteria. You can register interest for as many aparments as you wish. 

Sign a contract 

When your position in queue is number one for an object, you will receive an e-mail. Login to My Pages/Ponduspro and accept or decline the offer. If you accept, a contract will be signed electronically by both parties, and, with this, your accommodation has been secured. If you decline our offer, you will not lose your queue points. However, you may run the risk of not being offered another apartment in time for your arrival.

When the Housing Office releases available apartments, the move-in date is noted. If you register interest and sign a contract with a move-in date many months before your arrival in Umeå, you will have to pay rent also for the time you are not here. Hence, be aware of the move-in date before you accept an offer.

After your contract expires, you need to move out and find another accommodation if you are to continue to stay in Umeå. If you find a new home earlier and want to move out before the end date of your contract, there is a notice period of three months (in concordance with Swedish rent law). This means, that from the date you cancel your contract, you will have to pay rent for three more calendar months.

Have you signed a contract for a housing from the accommodation service?

Welcome to your accommodation.

Housing companies and private landlords

Here we list other housing companies and private landlords where you can queue, or contact them directly. Note that for some of the housing companies you will need to have a Swedish ID number to apply for a vacant apartment. 

Housing companies we recommend 

Bostaden AB

Riksbyggen

Heimstaden

Rikshem

Balticgruppen

Lerstenen

Amasten 

Here is a list of all private landlords in Umeå. 

Social media and other sites

A lot of people find their first contract using Facebook. There are different groups you can join to start looking and to make your own ad, the biggest one is “Lägenheter I Umeå”. You can also use Marketplace and filter to “property for rent” to get rental ads.

Another tip is to go to the Swedish site Blocket and under “Bostad” search for Umeå to get ads for rent. Here is a direct link to the search box. Like everything on the internet, be careful and aware of scams.

Write your own ad and tell others that you are in search of a home. Spread the word in different channels: online, on local billboards and as a newspaper ad in the local paper VästerbottenKuriren.

How do I know where to search for an apartment?

Finding housing in a city that you have never visited before can be difficult. You may not know where the apartments that you are looking for are situated. Therefore, we have listed the housing areas both in and around Umeå. 
Housing areas in Umeå

How do people live in Sweden? 

In Sweden there are different ways to have a home. You can for example rent or buy a flat, or you can rent or buy a house. It is also common with lodging and subletting. 
Read more about how people live in Sweden here.