Swedish Toolbox – How to find housing in Linköping

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I remember being extremely stressed out about finding housing in Linköping. I started to look for it last May, and found it after a couple weeks of internet searching ! From the info I had gathered, I knew I could find housing for a rent between 3.500 SEK and 4.000 SEK (between 350 et 400 euros). That is the average budget in Linköping.

As a master student you don’t get help from the university to find housing – it’s different I think when you are on exchange. To get student housing (a room in a corridor), you need to queue. In order to do that, you must create an account on the website of Studentbostäder and start collecting points. The longer you are in the queue, the more points you get, the more housing offers you get.

However, I started to queue only in May – not early enough to get a good number of points. So I started to look for housing on Blocket, a website where you can buy second-hand products from other people and where owners put their rooms to rent. That is where I found the room I am actually renting.

Another mean to find housing is Facebook. Many groups exist where you can put up posts about what kind of housing you are looking for:

You can also look for housing on the university online board: Anslagstavlan. There, you can put up your own post or answer to some offers.

I live in Ryd, the student area. However, I am renting a room in a house I share with six other people. I found it on Blocket as I said and I must admit my Swedish helped a little! My only advice is not to give up, you will find a place to stay !

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Swedish Dictionary – What is… fika?

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This morning our neighbors invited my housemates and I for fika, as well as other people living in our street. So, we went to their house and enjoyed a nice morning gathering.

Fika = cosy coffee break

Fika is the traditional coffee break. It usually takes place in the afternoon like the French “goûter” or the British “tea-time”. But it can be organized at any time! You can have fika with friends, your family or your partner, at home or in a coffee shop.

Swedish coffee shops are really cosy and usually offer a wide range of sweets and candy, such as carrot cake, chocolate cake or the traditional cinnamon buns (kanelbullar). On the side, you can drink coffee or tea.

My favorite fika combo is a Chai Tea with a piece of cheese cake, carrot cake or Daimstårta (a pie with Daim’s candy !).

 

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Travelling – Jönköping: almost like seaside

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Around Munksjön, in Jönköping.

 

Two weeks ago I took a spontaneous trip to Jönköping (Småland region, see map), on my own. I had a free Saturday and wanted to get some air. When I checked the destinations available (and cheap) from Linköping, I immediately chose this city because it was close (only 1h30 minutes away by bus) and the lake it was built around made it the perfect destination for a trip between nature and city life.

 

Trip from Linköping to Jönköping. Photo: GoogleMaps/screenshot.

How to get to Jönköping?

  • Train. Going to Jönköping by train costs between 400 and 500 SEK return (around 40 to 50 euros) and takes around 2 hours. Not very cost-efficient in my opinion.
  • Bus. I took the bus to go to Jönköping. Indeed, with Flixbus I paid only 22 euros return and the trip took only 1h30. (However, my bus home was veryyyyy late, and I had to wait an hour before it arrived at Jönköping Centralstation to take me to back Linköping.)

 

What to do in Jönköping?

  • Walk by the lake. Jönköping has been built next to the second largest Swedish lake, lake Vättern. Thanks to a dam, a smaller lake has been created inside the city, lake Munksjön. You can walk around it and enjoy nature, while being close to the city. Even though, the weather was not really good – the sky was mostly grey and temperatures were low due to the wind – I walked around it during almost two hours.
  • Visit museums. I did not visit any museums in Jönköping, simply because they were either too far from the city-center and the station (like the Art Gallery) or were closing to early (around 4pm). However in Jönköping, you can find the Matches Museum (yes, a museum about matches, a Swedish invention), the Länsmuseum (regional museum) and the Art Gallery (Osterangens Konsthall).

 

  • Enjoy the city-center. Jönköping’s city center is pretty much like any other Swedish city-center – and mostly like Linköping’s. You can find shops (Flying Tiger of Copenhaguen being one of my favorite), historical buildings (like the theatre of the Court of justice, see pictures) and a beautiful church. I ended my day-trip taking fika at Wayne’s coffee.

All photos, except when noted, are mine.

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