Finding a place to live
If you do not want or cannot get an accommodation through AB Bostäder (external link), the best way for international students to start looking for a place to live in Borås is by following the advice below.
Visit the website of the accommodation office in Borås called Bostad Borås (external link). There you will find:
- The ad space BoråsBo where you can search for available sublet apartments and shared lodgings posted by private persons as well as rental agencies. BoråsBo (external link). The website is in Swedish but you can use Google Translate (external link) or a similar tool for translation.
- Contact information to rental agencies in Borås
For more information, you can contact the accommodation office via e-mail, telephone or a personal visit. They often have more advice on sublet rooms or apartments than they post on the website:
Telephone: +46 (0) 033-35 75 76
Office hours: 9:30-13:30
Visiting address: Borås Stad, Kungsgatan 55, 501 80 Borås
Searching for a sublet apartment or shared lodging
Since it can be quite difficult to get a first-hand lease on an apartment in Borås, a sublet apartment or a shared lodging is a good alternative. Renting a room in a privately owned house or apartment often means low costs and a perfect opportunity to learn more about what life is like in Sweden.
Online ad spaces
Available private rooms and sublet apartments are posted on:
Note! Many of the ads in these websites are only posted in Swedish but you can use Google Translate (external link) for translation.
NB: NEVER deposit money to an account outside of Sweden to get a room/apartment. There are people trying to scam international students by posting fake ads and asking for a deposit in advance. If the ad seems suspicious, contact the website.
We recommend you to start looking for a place to live as soon as possible, before arriving in Sweden. You reply to an ad simply by contacting the person advertising by e-mail or phone to discuss the renting conditions and then you sign a contract with your new landlord. Often it is better to call them instead of e-mailing them, since you will receive an answer directly.
Searching for a standard apartment/flat at a rental agency
There are a number of rental agencies in Borås. Unfortunately, not all rental agencies have websites in English, which makes searching for apartments from your home country more difficult. For this reason, it is easier to start by sending them an e-mail or calling them (and preferably visiting them afterwards). Often it is better to call them instead of e-mailing them, since you will receive an answer directly. Keep in mind that some rental agencies might also post ads on available rooms on the ad space BoråsBo or studentlya.se.
Standard apartments/flats are not furnished, but if you plan on staying in Borås for a year or more one option is to buy some second hand furniture and appliances. In Borås, there are several nice second hand shops where you can find what you need at a low cost. Second hand shops in Borås (pdf).
Some of the rental agencies have agreed on the possibility for foreign students to sign leasing contracts from their home countries, but most of them have not. This means that you can only sign the contract after your arrival to Sweden. As many international students do not qualify for a Swedish personal identity number, many rental agencies require a deposit as a security. Remember to check which policies apply to the rental agency in question.
List of rental agencies in Borås
Offers furnished rooms and unfurnished studio apartments.
Website: bostader.boras.se (external link)
Address: Allégatan 18
Offers furnished rooms. Requires a 3 months deposit.
Website: studentbostadiboras.com (external link)
Address: Yxhammarsgatan 1-3
Offers unfurnished rooms. You need to have a Swedish personal identity number in order to rent a room. See the section Living in Sweden for information about who can get a Swedish personal identity number and how to get it.
Website: willhem.se (external link)
Address: Kyrkogårdsgatan 9
Useful tips and information
Local newspaper ads can also useful for finding a room since many ads are for sublet accommodation. See the privatannonser of Borås Tidning (external link). Using the glossary below may help you navigate the Swedish ads. Another useful tip is placing your own ad in a paper asking for a room to rent or share. Contact Borås Tidning (external link) to do so.
Families and couples
Finding accommodation can be difficult for families and couples since student rooms usually only allow for one person. Then your alternatives are to search for a standard apartment/flat at a rental agency or a sublet apartment with a private landlord. It is important to be aware of these difficulties before coming to study in Borås if you have a family and/or want to live with your spouse.
As mentioned above, it can be difficult to find accommodation for more than one person. But if you still want to share housing, for example share a larger apartment to keep the costs down or for company and therefore need to find a roommate, you can "like" the University of Borås Facebook page (external link) or join the Facebook group for International Students at the University of Borås (external link).
Remember that if you are planning on sharing a studio apartment or a room with one or more friends, it is important that you inform landlord about this since this is an uncommon way of living in Sweden.