The Stockholm Housing Agency – How it Works

The Stockholm Housing Agency (Bostadsförmedlingen) acts as an agent, helping you find vacant rental apartments in the Stockholm region. Apartments are allocated on the basis of the time spent in the housing queue. To apply for an apartment, you must first register with the housing queue.

Who can register for the housing queue?

Anyone who is aged 18 and over with a Swedish personal identity number (personnummer) or a coordination number (samordningsnummer) can register with the housing queue. It doesn’t matter where you live or whether you already have an apartment. Your queue time starts as soon as you have registered with us. Once you register you can start searching for apartments. The fee for the housing queue is SEK 200 per year. 

Different types of housing

The Stockholm Housing Agency provides a convenient platform for exploring various housing options and contract types. For students enrolled in a university or higher vocational education, there is the opportunity to apply for student housing. Similarly, individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 can seek youth housing. If you are aged 55 or above, there are housing options available for senior citizens. Additionally, short-term contracts are offered to provide temporary accommodation while you accumulate queue time for long-term housing.

Be proactive

It’s up to you to search for and register an interest in the vacant apartments advertised on our website. The apartment ad contain detailed information about the accommodation, along with the landlord’s letting requirements for prospective tenants. Once you are logged in, you can register an interest in an apartment via the advertisement. Remember that the more actively you search, the greater your chances of finding an apartment.

How long does it take to get an apartment?

How long you have to wait depends on a number of factors, including where you want to live and what kind of rent you can afford.

Most people who get an apartment have a queue time between 7 and 11 years, but it can also go faster or slower than this. Generally speaking, you will need a longer queue time for an apartment close to the city centre or surrounding suburbs than you will for housing further outside of the center of Stockholm.