The Stockholm Housing Agency – how it works

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

The Stockholm Housing Agency – how it works

Who can register in the housing queue?

Anyone who is aged 18+ and has a Swedish national identification number (personnummer) or coordination number (samordningsnummer) can join 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, and once you have registered, you can start looking for and registering an interest in apartments. The fee for being in the housing queue is SEK 200 per year. Once you've registered, we will send you a payment notice for the annual fee.

Different types of housing

You can search for different types of housing and contract types via the Stockholm Housing Agency. If you are studying at a university or college, or are taking a higher vocational education course, you can apply for student housing. If you're aged between 18 and 25, you can apply for youth housing. Special housing designed for senior citizens is also a possibility if you are aged 55+. Short-term contracts offer the option of temporary accommodation while you continue to build up your queue time.

Be proactive

It's up to you to search for and register an interest in the vacant apartments advertised on our website. The advertisements 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?

Stockholm has a housing shortage, which means you may have to wait some time before getting an apartment via the Stockholm Housing Agency. How quickly you get an apartment can depend on a variety of factors, including where you want to live, how many people are interested in an apartment, and how much rent you are willing to pay.

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

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