Exploring Student Housing Options at Linnaeus University

Explore student housing at Linnaeus University: from the vibrant city life in Kalmar to the scenic campus in Växjö. Learn about diverse accommodation options and steps taken by international students to find housing in Sweden.

Exploring Student Housing Options at Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University, established in 2010 through the merger of Kalmar University and Växjö University, is a modern, international university in southeast Sweden. It is a premier educational destination in Sweden for international students, with students flocking in from across the globe to attend the university's renowned environmental sciences, humanities and more.

For international students, selecting the study program of their preference is only part of the equation. Finding housing is another important piece of the puzzle. This blog delves into the diverse accommodation options available in the vibrant cities of Kalmar and Växjö, each offering a unique living experience.

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An Overview of Linnaeus University

Linnaeus University, established in 2010 through the merger of Kalmar University and Växjö University, is a modern, international university in southeast Sweden. With two campuses in Kalmar and Växjö, it is the sixth-largest university in Sweden in terms of student numbers, hosting around 40,000 enrolled students, including about 2,000 international students.

The university offers a broad range of programs and courses, with around 100 degree programs at the bachelor's level and 80 at the master's level. Many of these programs are taught in English, catering to the diverse international student body. innaeus University boasts an active student life with various activities and clubs. The campuses are designed to be student-centric, with all necessary facilities within close proximity. This vibrant atmosphere is conducive to both academic and personal growth.

Linnaeus University is known for its research and innovation, particularly in areas like environmental science, biotechnology, and humanities. International students have opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research. Linnaeus University provides extensive support to international students. This includes orientation programs, student services, and guides for finding accommodation. The university also emphasizes cultural integration, offering numerous opportunities for international students to engage with the local community and experience Swedish culture.

Student Housing at Linnaeus University

Accommodation at Linnaeus University varies depending on the campus location, since the university has two different locations, and the type of student and their preferences. The university does not own any housing facilities but has agreements with local housing companies to offer housing assistance to some students. However, this assistance is limited, and students are often required to search for accommodation independently​​.

Living in Kalmar

In Kalmar, the university is integrated into the city, and most students find accommodation close to the city center. The city's coastal location offers a unique living experience, with the Baltic Sea and university within biking distance. Housing options in Kalmar include apartments, dorms, or collective housing. Kalmar, awarded the Student City of the Year 2023, provides an excellent living environment for students and actively creates opportunities for students to stay and work in the city after completing their studies.

Living in Växjö

Växjö campus is a hub of student life where most students choose to live on campus in dorms, shared accommodation, or student apartments. Everything on campus, including classrooms, the library, and leisure facilities, is within a five-minute walk. The campus environment is rich in natural beauty, with lakes and woods perfect for outdoor activities. Some students also choose to live in the city center or other parts of Växjö, easily accessible by bike or bus from the university​​.

Eligibility and Housing Assistance

  • Fee-paying Students are not eligible to apply for housing assistance, and are expected to find accommodation on their own. Linnaeus University provides detailed guides for finding housing in each of its locations, found here.
  • Bilateral Exchange Students who come from partner universities outside or within the EU are all offered housing through the university's housing partners, during the first two semesters of their stay. These accommodations are in student dorm rooms with your own bathroom and a shared kitchen. The prices range between 3,500 - 4,500 SEK per month.
  • Erasmus and Nordlys students are not eligible to apply for housing assistance, and are expected to find accommodation on their own.

Alternative Options for Student Housing

For students at Linnaeus University seeking alternative housing options beyond the university’s offerings, there are several avenues to consider:

  • Private Rentals: Students can look for private apartments or rooms in Kalmar and Växjö. Hemavi is one of the popular platforms in Sweden where private rental listings, particularly for shared living, can be found.
  • Local Housing Companies: Engaging with local housing companies in Kalmar and Växjö can provide additional options. These companies often have listings suited for students, including apartments and shared accommodations.
  • Online Marketplaces and Social Media: Platforms like Facebook Marketplace or local Facebook groups dedicated to housing in Kalmar and Växjö can be valuable resources. Students often post available rooms or seek roommates in these groups.
  • Student Dormitories Outside University Arrangements: There may be student dormitories or student-specific housing complexes in Kalmar and Växjö operated by organizations other than the university.
  • Short-term Housing Platforms: Websites like Airbnb can offer short-term housing solutions for students who are still looking for more permanent accommodation.
  • Subletting: Subletting from current tenants who are temporarily away can be a flexible option, but it's important to be cautious and ensure the legitimacy of such arrangements to avoid scams.

Remember to start your search early and be proactive, as housing can be competitive, especially around the start of the academic year. It’s also a good idea to connect with other students, either through university forums or social media, for advice and possible leads on housing.


Securing accommodation is a vital part of preparing for studies at Linnaeus University, especially for international students. With the vibrant student life in both Kalmar and Växjö, and the variety of housing options available, students can find a place that suits their preferences and needs.

While the university provides limited direct housing assistance, their comprehensive guides can play a role in helping students navigate the housing market in Sweden. Linnaeus University's commitment to its international community is evident in its efforts to ensure that every student finds a home away from home.

Check out our listings for shared accommodation around Linnaeus University on Hemavi!