The biggest and most popular housing agency is AB Bostäder, that offers both student housing and regular apartments. Information about how to book a room with them are sent out by email to exchange- and fee paying students. You can also read more about the booking process at their website AB Bostäder.
Searching for housing at a rental agency
There are a number of rental agencies in Borås that rent out apartments and rooms to both students and the general public. Unfortunately, not all rental agencies have websites in English and many asks for a Swedish Personal number in order to register and apply for apartments. As their application procedures for foreign nationals differs we recommend that you contact the rental agency directly by phone or by email to find out how they can help you. Keep in mind that it is common for rental agencies to ask for a deposit of one to three months’ rent when you are only in Sweden temporarily. A list of rental agencies in Borås and its surrounding areas can be found at the municipality website. List of rental agencies
Standard apartments/flats are not furnished, but if you plan on staying in Borås for a year or more one option is to buy some second hand furniture and appliances. In Borås, there are several well equiped second hand shops where you can find what you need at a low cost.
Searching for a sublet apartment or a room
An alternative to a first-hand lease is to rent a sublet apartment or renting a room from a private landlord. Renting a room in a privately owned house or apartment often means low costs and a good opportunity to learn more about what life is like in Sweden.
Online ad spaces
Available private rooms and sublet apartments are posted on:
Note! Many of the ads in these websites are only posted in Swedish but you can use Google Translate (external link) for translation.
NB: NEVER deposit money to an account outside of Sweden to get a room/apartment. There are people trying to scam international students by posting fake ads and asking for a deposit in advance. If the ad seems suspicious, or too good to be true, contact the website.
We recommend you to start looking for a place to live as soon as possible, before arriving to Sweden. You reply to an ad simply by contacting the person advertising by e-mail or phone to discuss the renting conditions and then you sign a contract with your new landlord. When subletting an apartment it is common that the landlord ask for a deposit, usually one month’s rent that is return after the contract has ended. Do not pay a deposit before signing a contract.
Useful tips and information
In the local newspaper, Borås Tidning, you can find ads for available rooms and apartments or place your own ad. Contact Borås Tidning (external link) to do so.
Families and couples
Families and couples arriving to Borås should be aware that this makes it harder to find adequate accommodation. Most landlord, private and agencies, have rules regarding how many people can live in a room or an apartment. It is important to check with the landlord and have it specified in the contract, how many persons can live together. Failure to do so can result in eviction on arrival. Most students housing is only suitable for one person so it is advisable to start looking at alternatives such as standard apartments and subletting as soon as possible.