Accommodation and other tips

Posted in: what to do, how to do on 13 December, 2019 by Asia

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Today I will try to give you more information about how to find an accommodation, in particularly here in Norrköping.

I know that could be stressful to try to find an accommodation: I was so nervous when I was admitted because of the anxiety to find a room to live. So, first of all: DON’T WORRY OR STRESS TOO MUCH YOURSELF! You’ll find an accommodation, sooner or later. Repeat with me: I will find an accommodation, sooner or later.


First of all, you have to read carefully the information in LiU’s website. Here all the things you need to know before to start to look for an accommodation.


Secondly, of course everything depends on the city you’re planning to live, and if you’re a EU student (non fee paying student) or a NON EU student (fee paying student or scholarship holder).


  • If you are a NON EU student, you probably will receive an email, by the LiU’s administration, and they will offer you an accommodation, usually in Linköping.
    That means that, if you are planning to study in Norrköping (because your master is in Campus Norrköping, as mine), OR if you prefer to find yourself an accommodation, you should follow the same steps as an EU student.
  • If you are a EU student, you have to find your own accommodation.
    It’s not so difficult at it looks like, trust me! Follow the next steps and you’ll find soon a place to stay.


Thirdly, what to do? How to find an accommodation?
Here in Sweden things works different from basically all the countries I know. There is queue system, you have to register in different websites, once you have enough points you can start to register your interests for different apartment/room/room corridor. Of course, your choice depend on how many money you can spend for your accommodation.


I would suggest you to do as I did, but remember that those are just some tips, I can not ensure you. As a EU student in Campus Norrköping, I registered in the websites here below.
The registration process needs time, but will save you in the future: basically you have to insert your email and some personal information. But:

1) you DON’T NEED a personnummer to register to these websites (not all of them, but at least those here below – I already selected those that don’t require the personnummer)

2) register as soon as you can, because the queue system is based on how many days you are enrolled in. You will not be able to register your interest for the room/apartment until you will not receive your letter of admission by the LiU’s international office, but this doesn’t mean that you have to wait to register in these websites.
So, right after read this article, you have to register in these websites, start to collect points and then – once you will be admitted – send your letter to them through email – to be allowed to register your interests*.

3) these websites are all free, you don’t need to pay subscription. I will add below also some website where you can pay a subscription to receive more offers (some of these websites work different, you don’t need to be in queue because they directly show you owners’ contacts).
I would recommend you to start with the registration in the free-websites, and then, if you feel stressed, in May/June you can pay for the subscription of these websites, in order to have more chances in finding an accommodation.


There are different types of accommodation:
– single apartments, usually they cost more;
– single room (called corridor room) in a shared apartment, with shared bathroom and kitchen;
– single room (called corridor room) with your own bathroom, in a shared flat where you shared just the kitchen.
My recommendation is to read carefully all the information regarding the corridor room/ apartment are you looking (and don’t be surprised if you can not see the photos of the room/house/flat: it is totally normal in Sweden!). Usually all the information are written very clearly.


*Once you are admitted, you have to send your notification of selection result through email to the company.
Then you can start to register your interest. If you have enough points, they will offer you the accommodation and you will sign the contract online.

Free websites:






Website that need a subscription:





Website where you can post what are you looking for (your own announcement). Sometimes you can find available rooms in students’ houses:




You can find more information here! KOMBO works with a lot of students’ associations, you can find help in the website or send them an e-mail.
And if you need more information, comment below!


Good luck! 🙂



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Four months in Sweden: home is where your heart is

Posted in: life in Sweden on 8 December, 2019 by Asia

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Hej alla!

In few days I will celebrate my fourth month here in Sweden… sounds sweet and bitter at the same time.
Sweden has become my daily life, the library my favourite place, my friends are now like a family, and walking around the city is not anymore something strange but definitely familiar.

What I learn since I moved here?
That kanelnbullar are better if eaten in couple 😉 , that the things I never studied are so many (and that’s why I have to learn more and more!) but also that there is no cold weather outside, it’s just you not dressed in the properly way.

And because I’m nostalgic today and it’s Sunday, I’ll post here some of the photos that remember me how much I’m already changed, since I moved here.

Take the courage to make the application, and move to Sweden: you will never regret it.


Hope these photos convinced you more to move to Norrköping… because is one of the nicest cities ever.

And is already part of my life.





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Webinar & application process

Posted in: what to do, how to do on 30 November, 2019 by Asia

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Hej alla!

On Thursday, I had the chance to participate to a Webinar, as a LiU Ambassador, with two incredible women: Therese and Cecilia. Therese works in the Communications, Cecilia is an admission officer.

It was funny and a very excited experience! I was a little bit nervous, but at the end I was happy to participate.



If you didn’t have time to register to the webinar, or if you want to see it again, I leave here the link.

I suggest you watch this video until the end: many students have asked questions, to which we have answered, that can help you with the application!
I recommend that you follow the instructions well, read well what is written in the information page of your course, and take the time to read all the information contained on the site !


You will find all the information you need, don’t worry. 🙂
Don’t stress yourself, take your time to read everything, and if you’re not sure, send an e-mail.

This is my face every time someone says
“I can’t find an information in the website!”.
At least we can say I’m photogenic 😉



If you have more questions, just write me in the comments!

Good luck with your application.



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It’s time to move to Sweden: your life in a suitcase

Posted in: what to do, how to do on 23 November, 2019 by Asia

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If you sent all the documents, your application is now finished… You have just to wait, until you’ll receive the letter of admission.
In meanwhile, just be focused on your daily life, your response will arrive.

I perfectly remember (as if was yesterday) the morning I received my letter of admission. I woke up at 9 in the morning, checked, and my letter was there. I had breakfast with my boyfriend with bread and pistachio creme – that’s why every time I think about Sweden I remember the pistachio creme’s taste – and I was so excited thinking about my new adventure.

Time passed so fast, and in three seconds – or, at least, this is what it seemed to me – the day of the departure finally arrived. As usual, I like to plan everything so at the time I had already a list of things that I know I wanted to bring with me in Sweden.

Here a brief list of what I brought with me to Sweden: they’re just the really essential things absolutely not to be forgotten.


  • autumn jacket
  • winter jacket
  • scarf
  • gloves
  • cap
  • waterproof jacket
  • umbrella
  • sneakers
  • panties
  • stockings
  • tights
  • flip flops
  • thermic shirt
  • thermic pants
  • pyjamas
  • leggings
  • jumpers
  • trousers
  • skirts



  • moka (I’m Italian, I need my machine coffee) 
  • food boxes
  • my favourite mug
  • my water bottle (environment is important!)
  • towels
  • medicines
  • makeup
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • lotions
  • deodorant
  • soap



  • computer
  • computer charger
  • phone charger
  • hard disk
  • photo camera
  • photo camera charger
  • powerbank
  • blankets
  • hairdryer



  • PEACE’s flag
  • case with pens
  • warm water bag
  • photographs

This was my essential-things-list the first time I moved in Sweden….

Basically, all my life in a suitcase.


What are the essential things you’ll bring?

Comment if I’ve forgotten something!
And good luck with the preparation of your suitcase! 🙂



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Letter of intent: a step-by-step guide

Posted in: what to do, how to do on 17 November, 2019 by Asia

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As I previously told you in a post (here),  often to apply for a master’s degree you need to send a letter of motivation/ intent.  I don’t know what kind of experiences you have had in the past, but, before applying here in Sweden, I had never written a letter of motivation. This is why I had to do a lot of research to write the letter of motivation, and the anxiety was so intense. So I thought of making things easier and bringing back here some simple rules to follow to write a letter of motivation.

  • Remember that the letter of motivation is a useful tool for those who do not know you to understand something about you: not only your successes and merits (for that there is the CV), but also your interests and your skills. Don’t waste this unique opportunity by writing a general letter of motivation: you have the opportunity to tell something about yourself, do it!
  • Take all the time you need. Spend at least an entire afternoon on this, make hot tea with cookies, turn off the phone, sit at your desk and concentrate. The chances of being admitted to the master you want also depend on this letter.
  • In addiction, remember: the letter of motivation should not be longer than two pages, so manage your space carefully.

Things that should not be missing in your letter:

  1. A short presentation of what you have studied in the past. e.g. bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.
  2. Practical experiences that have contributed to your training and that could help you in the master for which you are applying. e.g. field work, working experience, an internship but also a volunteering experience.
  3. A brief explanation of what you are particularly interested in (in relation to the master you are applying for).
  4. The reasons why you chose this university and this master’s degree.In this case it may be important to demonstrate that you are familiar with the programme, the organisation of the course and any research centres connected with it.
  5. The reasons why you think you are an excellent candidate for this master’s degree. This is an important part, don’t underestimate it!


Things that shouldn’t be written in your letter of intent:

  1. Informations about your private life that don’t refer to the master’s programme you want to apply.
  2. Experiences or skills that you don’t have. Remember that many things can be verified! Don’t risk losing this opportunity if you enter untrue information. If you are accepted to the master it will be for your skills, knowledge and abilities, and certainly not because you lied about an experience.
  3. Photos, videos or strange layout. Simplicity is always the best thing, someone said. Unless you are applying for a master’s degree in design (and therefore have to present a portfolio) you don’t need to spend too much time on the graphics of your motivation letter.

*Please note: this is just a guide, the motivation letter is something strictly personal and should be written without the help of anyone.

I hope I’ve been helpful, and if you have any questions comment below!

Good luck writing your motivation letter!



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