Like many other university cities, accommodation in Umeå is in great demand. There are several ways of finding housing in Umeå, one with help from the Housing Office.
The Housing Office
The Housing Office at Umeå University has a number of apartments for rent. Your institution can help you to submit an application and if your requirements match with what is available, a contract is written.
Housing companies and private landlords
Housing companies and landlords have different queuing systems to allocate vacant apartments. Note that for some of the housing companies you will need to have a Swedish id number to apply for a vacant apartment.
A first-hand contract means that the apartment is in your name and you deal directly with the landlord. It is usually required that you register with a housing company.
A second-hand contract is essentially a sublet, which may or may not occur with the knowledge and consent of the landlord - and this is usually an agreement for a specified time period. If you decide to sublet an apartment, we always recommend a formal contract.
Deposits are a common procedure, but should not be more than a month's rent. You should also receive a receipt (even hand-written) from the landlord for the payment of the deposit, and you should get your deposit back once you move out, unless something was broken and needed repair, and a receipt is shown for the reparations.
Residental areas in Umeå
The pink circle marks the residential areas within 10 minutes cycling distance
Campus Umeå Map in 16:9 format
Rent levels via The Housing Office
The Housing Office can find housing for international and visiting staff, whether they are employed by the university or not. The department or equivalent requests housing through the application form when the need arises.
Student dorm room
Rent level 2 800-3 300kr /month
Student dorm room with kitchenette
Rent level 4 800-6 900kr /month
1 room apartment with kitchen
Rent level 5 370-7 420kr / month
Apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 living room and separate kitchen
Rent level 8 360kr /month
Apartment with 2 bedrooms, 1 living room and separate kitchen
Rent level 9 160-9 350kr/month
The price model is established by the University Director, in accordance with rental laws. Consequently, tenants are to pay a reasonable rent for their housing rented from the Housing Office. The price model means that tenants pay rent plus an additional 15 per cent for furnishings.
Beside rent, tenants are responsible for paying their own utility bills and services such as internet, electricity and cleaning upon leaving the accommodation.
Start up with a short term contract (second-hand). Once you have received the Swedish id number you will be able to register with more housing companies. Also, it is easier to look for accommodation when you are in Umeå.
Be open in mind about where you want to live. Accommodation near the university and in central city is hardest to find. Umeå is a rather small city and you can easily walk, bike or take the bus everywhere.