Cost of living in Sweden

Compare the cost of your home country to the actual living costs in Sweden, simply select your home currency and see the difference!

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Food Price in kr
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 SEK
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 SEK
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 SEK
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 SEK
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 SEK
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 SEK
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 SEK
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 SEK
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 SEK
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 SEK
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 SEK
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 SEK
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 SEK
1.5 kg Sugar 10 SEK
2 liter cooking oil 20 SEK
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 SEK
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 SEK
1 liter milk 8.50 SEK
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 SEK
Housing
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 SEK
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 SEK
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 SEK
House Cleaning fee per day 105 SEK
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 SEK
Original branded Electric Fans 200 SEK
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 SEK
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 SEK
Single bed Blankets 120 SEK
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 SEK
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 SEK
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 SEK
Men's haircut 40 SEK
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 SEK
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 SEK
1 month of gym subscription. 105 SEK
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 SEK
Unisex Loris perfume 30 SEK
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 SEK
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 SEK
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 SEK
Entertainment
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 SEK
Go carting 30mins 120 SEK
Movie House 3d cinema 30 SEK
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 SEK
Photo shoot 120 SEK
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 SEK
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 SEK
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 SEK
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 SEK
Spalding Basketball 200 SEK
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 SEK
Transportation
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 SEK
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 SEK
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 SEK
1 day rent a car cost 140 SEK
Driver’s license 2300 SEK
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 SEK
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 SEK
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 SEK
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 SEK
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 SEK
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 SEK

Sweden just like anywhere else, has living costs which are quite dependent on an individual’s personal lifestyle and habits. Their location in Sweden also plays a huge role in how much they will have to spend.

Sweden just like the other Nordic countries have an attribute for being a bit pricey compared to many regions in Europe, but irrespective of the expensive living costs, many students adapt seamlessly and find good ways to not only spend so much but also save money.

RocApply has compiled this helpful guide to enable you to have an idea of how much certain crucial living expenses cost. Please take into consideration that these estimates might change over time, but we will keep updating in the event of any change.

We will also be leaving helpful tips to save money while in Sweden, please find this information in other links on Study in Sweden.

Accommodation:

You've arrived in Sweden and have fallen in love with the charming scenery and clean streets, but of course, you will need to lay up somewhere and this would eat up quite a bit from your total expenses, most significantly if you will be staying in large cities like Stockholm or Gothenburg.

On the other hand, smaller cities have considerable lower value and are quite simple to lay hold of.

Prices to rent a single room apartment around the city hub in Sweden usually range from 10,000 – 12,000 SEK and prices for the same kind of apartment in smaller areas are reduced to 5,000 upward to 7,000 SEK monthly.

There is also the option of student housing in the form of dormitories or shared student lodges which can cost from 2,700 – 6,500 SEK monthly.

Feeding:

Food and food items are relatively inexpensive in Sweden, most people find that with preparing your own meals, it is overwhelmingly cheaper and provides the option for variety. The average person in Sweden can spend up to 1,635 SEK for a full month’s grocery.

Eating out in Sweden is quite steep due to high taxes for restaurants in the country, but it can be minimized when eating with a group of friends, as Swedes like to split the bill. There are also cheaper restaurants and buffet points that serve really tasty and pocket-friendly meals.

RocApply Tip: Student’s have to learn to budget and stick to a budget to better manage their spending habits.

Transportation:

Moving around is actually very easy, effective and not anywhere pricey, students even enjoy free transport at certain times of the month in Sweden. Be it short or long commutes, they are priced way less than the average trip done in other surrounding countries.

Transportation in Sweden is by bus, train, tram, taxis and personal cars. Getting around in the city by subway/bus is usually 35 SEK and 790 SEK for a monthly bus pass. Students pay half the price for a monthly bus pass as long as they can register and show their ID in some cases.

There is also something called the ‘Malmö bus’ which cost 22 SEK and are cheaper but with a lot fewer routes. Trams are lesser compared to subway buses and cost 26 SEK per ticket.

Taxis are not too overly priced but be careful not to be charged higher than the normal price as a new person in the country, a typical taxi charge should be 150 SEK within the city area. E-transport apps like Uber is present in Stockholm and Gothenburg only, so if your school is not in these cities do no bother using them.

Other Utilities and Bills

As a permanent resident in Sweden, you will have to pay for certain utilities like electricity, internet, mobile phone services, and other personal extras. A normal electricity bill can cost 300 SEK for one month’s usage and internet access can cost 300 SEK upwards for 10MB or more.

Mobile phone carriers are very efficient and deliver your money’s worth type of services. A normal phone bill can be within 100 -250 SEK depending on how you use it.

Other personal extras like hair styling/ haircut cost 200 SEK and Gym or dance membership can cost about 200 SEK.