Funding and Living Costs

Rent, food, textbooks, clothing, entertainment ... it's not a life of luxury that awaits the aspiring student, but there are ways to add to the economy.

The Study in Sweden website has information on Swedish scholarships available for international students who are planning to study in Sweden.

Konstfack has no scholarships to offer exchange students.

Tuition fees

Citizens of countries that are not part of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are generally required to pay application and tuition fees. There are some exceptions. To determine if you are required to pay fees, please see the application website

Here is information about application and tuition fees to Konstfack's programmes and courses.

Living costs

Before granting you a residence permit, (if you come from a country outside the EU) the Swedish Migration Board will ask you to prove that you will have enough money (in the form of personal funds, scholarships from home, or some other means) to cover your expenses during your entire stay in Sweden.

Living costs (housing, food etc) in Stockholm are at least 8514 SEK/month
(approx. 1030 USD or 840 euros).
There might be material costs at Konstfack (Ädellab and ID e.g.) at approx. 500 SEK. Ceramics & Glass 2500 SEK.

To cope with the large expenditures, students can take out student loans while studying. Depending on country citizenship or residency status in Sweden, you can turn to CSN (Centrala Studiestödsnämnden) to apply for a student loan. One portion of the money is in the form of grants and the other portion is a loan that must be repaid.

Here are some tips for how to get the money last longer:

Live cheap. It is often cheaper to share an apartment or live in a dorm than to rent your own apartment. Then you can also share some expenses.

Borrow textbooks. Take advantage of the libraries, or borrow literature by someone who took the course before.

Set aside money for the essentials - rent and food. Set aside the money you need for food. Then you will see what you have left to live on.

Work extra on weekends, evenings and holidays. Just make sure you do not neglect your studies and that the salary does not exceed the exempt amount of CSN.

Take advantage of all the student discounts that are available in various locations.

Apply for scholarships! There are a lot of scholarships for students to apply for.

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