If you are starting a program at Lund University in the fall, you maybe are starting to look for housing. Since I am a non-EU citizen, I had the option of getting housing through the university. I gladly went through with this option especially since I was moving to a new country with no idea how to start looking for an apartment. (At the end of the blog post, I’ll give some tips looking for non-LU Accommodation) Since I study in Helsingborg, I decided to take a room in the LU-Accommodation located in Helsingborg (Södergatan 97). I decided to renew my contract for the second year of my studies since it was well-located, reasonably priced and I really didn’t want to go through the whole hassle of finding a new place.
A few numbers about my apartment:
26 square meters (280 squared feet)
Rent: 4600 SEK (~$507) a month, including heating, electricity, wifi and an in-apartment laundry machine. (If you want to see more of my normal costs, check out this blog post)
*It should be noted that I actually live in my apartment so while I like to keep it clean and tidy, I am a real person who actually enjoys living instead of keeping their apartment clinically clean. Some of the stains on the walls are from previous owners and are darkened in certain lights/angles. So if you have things to say about the state of the apartment keep them to yourself*
One thing I LOVE about this apartment is how much storage there is built in the walls. Having these awesome closets and kitchen cabinets allows me to store everything in a somewhat organized manner without taking up much space.
It took me about 6 months to actually decorate and make my apartment homey. I used a lot of things I already had to remind me of home or my travels.
Above: When I was studying abroad in France, I took a trip to the South of France with some classmates. While in Aix-en-Provence, we came across this flea market and I found this print of Samson after regaining his strength and destroying the temple in Philisti. I thought it was so beautiful with its torn edges and served as a nice souvenir from the trip.
Below: As a graduation gift, my sister had one of her friends create this print including one of my favorite quotes from the Hobbit (but instead of ‘his old life’ it was changed to ‘her old life’). It’s such a nice reminder of my sister and also that my life is an adventure and great things lay ahead. The picture on the right is of me and my little sister probably at age 4 and 2 or so (plus a babydoll). I found it one day while at my parent’s house. I loved it so much and every time I look at the picture I can’t help but smile. It also proves to everyone to visits my home that I’ve been adorable since day one.
This is my little kitchenette which has produced lots of tasty things over the last 18 months. Once again… let’s gander at that storage space. A ton of storage above the stove as well as underneath. Additionally, I love the fact that I have a full sized oven and a four-eyed stove. That way I can fix something on the stove as well as in the oven.
This little reading nook is probably best spot in the whole apartment. I have easy access to the snacks and giant chair to snuggle up in – what more do you need? I hung up some postcards, pictures and other mementos from life to bring the corner to life.
No hobbit hole is complete without a place to rest your little head. I try to read a little before falling asleep, lately I have only gotten a few pages in before shutting my eyes for the evening. Also say hello to Pesto, the guard dog.
This desk was in the room when I moved in. I hardly sit there because I really try to get my work done at school so when I get home I can chill and write fun blog posts. Nonetheless, as a student, it is unwritten rule to own a desk even if you never use it. So here is mine.
While it may look like this shelf is a hot mess, there is some sort of organization method in place. (I promise) The map of Helsingborg hanging above the shelf was a thank you gift for volunteering at the Helsingborg Art Week 2017. It is such a fun and funky print that has grown to mean a lot to me. The shelf also boasts a few cowbells from the US and Switzerland and Missisippi State nesting dolls I bought in Prague.
Finally, let me show you my bathroom. I’m super lucky that I have my own toilet and washer machine (to the left of the shower). I bought the plastic shelf in the corner for about $10 at IKEA to keep everything organized and off the ground.
Thanks for stopping by my apartment! Is it what you expected? Let me know your thoughts!
If you are looking for an apartment in either Lund or Helsingborg, there are a few websites you can check out:
-Blocket: it’s like the Swedish version of Craigslist. You can post an ad saying you’re looking for a room or you can search through the apartments posted.
-Facebook: there are a few different Facebook groups dedicated for helping students find apartments in Helsingborg and Lund. Such as: ‘student i Helsingborg och letar Lägenheter’ or ‘Lund students looking for shared housing!’ I know a few people have found housing through such facebook groups.
The one thing to remember when looking for housing in Sweden while you are living in another country is to not give up! You will find a great place to live in – I promise!
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