A definitive guide to find accommodation, as told by locals
Last updated: April 2018
How to rent a place in Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a wide array of options when it comes down to accommodation. If you are looking for a room or studio, you can find these for a price between SEK 3500 (€400) and SEK 6500 (€700). When moving to Gothenburg, it's important to book early as many students tend to start their search too late in the season, when most rooms are already booked. The rental market for apartments is less tense in Gothenburg. If you are running out of options, try to team up with other students or friends and rent a furnished apartment together.
Hi! I’m Mathieu, 19 years old, a French student on the second year of Bachelor’s degree at KEDGE Business School, in Bordeaux. Before my current 4-months internship in Rotterdam, I faced many difficulties to find a room in a new city, so I know how difficult it can be. With some tips and tricks, I hope these articles about Gothenburg will help you to make your arrival easier!
Living in Gothenburg and its neighbourhoods
Transportation in Gothenburg
Moving all around the city
Gothenburg is a city served by buses, trams and boats, you can buy your own card called the Göteborg City Card at goteborg.com, in the city’s tourism offices or in some retailers at the airport, for example. Just one card includes all the means of transports for free throughout Göteborg agglomeration (Göteborg, Ale, Alingsås, Bollebygd, Härryda, Kungsbacka, Kungälv, Lerum, Lilla Edet, Mark, Mölndal, Orust, Partille, Stenungsund, Tjörn och Öckerö) and that’s not all! Thanks to this card you have a free access to many museums such as the Gothenburg Sport Museum or the Gothenburg Art Museum, but also special offers for events or shopping. It’s important to note that Gothenburg has a bike rental system around the city with more than 50 rental stations. You have all the additional information here : http://www.goteborg.com/en/
University of Gothenburg
Increase your knowledge
The University of Gothenburg, founded in 1891, is one of the biggest university of Sweden with more than 38.000 students, 6.000 employees and 8 different faculties. Every year the university welcomes many candidates attracted by the programs offered by the university, particularly regarding sustainable development. Note that more than 10 Masters are offered, a Bachelor in management and IT development. For sure, you will enjoy your semester in this university thanks to the large number of international students. You can also count on all the student unions (Göta International Committee, IntU, IntEt) to have fun in Gothenburg, to meet new people and to feel at home in Sweden!
Living in Gothenburg
The second Swedish capital
Life in Gothenburg is really exciting, called the second Swedish capital, Gothenburg is known for its culture, in fact the city has a lot of museums (Museum of Fine Art, City Museum, The Natural History Museum). The city is also well-known for its gastronomy and a lot of good restaurants which proudly serve local food. If you don’t like visiting museums, don’t forget that Gothenburg is really dynamic, and as an international student you will enjoy all the gigs (more than 50 gigs per year). You will understand, specialities of this seaside city are the dishes based on fish. You can find all the fish you want in the very famous fish market called “church-like Feskekörka” (the fish church) where fish is freshly landed in the morning.
Things to do in Gothenburg
Enjoy amazing landscapes
Skansen Kronan: Walk the steps to the top of the hill and you will be rewarded with a beautiful view over Gothenburg, the city and the archipelago. Good place for calm picnic or romantic sunset. Gothia Towers: Three towers situated next to the amusement park Liseberg. Take the lift up to the restaurant on the top floor and enjoy a drink with a beautiful view over the city. Archipelago: Take a ferry to one of the islands and walk around. You will be surrounded by beautiful nature and seascape – an atmosphere totally different from the city.
The cosiest neighbourhood
The district of Haga, on the South side of the Göta river, had a lot of transformation during the past years. A lot of buildings have been demolished in the 1970s and some others have been renovated. Haga is the cosiest neighbourhood in Gothenburg. Its main street is filled with small cafes perfect for fika, a traditional Swedish way of having coffee and something sweet with friends, family or co-workers. With coffee I recommend sharing a head size kanelbulla (cinnamon buns), piece of kladdkaka (mud cake) or chockladbollar (chocolate balls).
Vasagatan is the main street in Gothenburg. On Vasagatan you can find many cool cafes serving freshly pressed juices and hand made cakes. Cafes have nice terraces and atmospheric interiors below street level – perfect for afternoon fika with your classmates.
Here, you can find also the Röhsska Museum of Design and Applied Art which offers a tour of the Swedish designs through the years.
An international and collaborative environment
Lindholmen Science Park is located on the island of Hisingen. In this area, you can find some of the university's campuses such as the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, and the IT University of Gothenburg. There, you can also find numerous companies (350). In the area, there are also plenty restaurants. It’s in this area, on the waterfront that you can find the Radisson Blu Hotel, where the bar has been elected as Gothenburg's “best designed hotel bar”. You can access this area with the free ferry (a 10-minute ride from the center), bus, bike or car.
The primary area
The name of this area means “in the moat” due to the location of the moat. Indeed, the neighbourhood is delimited in the North by the Rosenlund Canal and from East to West by the moat. Important buildings are located in this area, such as the Crown House, Gothenburg City Museum, Opera House, Court of Appeals, District Court, Länsresidenset, the Cathedral and the German Church and Queen Christina's Hunting Palace.
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