6 tips to help you rent your first apartment in Stockholm

Apartment for rent in Stockholm

New to Stockholm, need a roof over your head and don’t know where to start? Finding an apartment for rent in Stockholm can sound intimidating, but don’t be afraid to dive in. And remember, it might take a while before you find the perfect fit. So be patient and don’t stress about it!

Here are a few tips that will hopefully make your Stockholm accommodation search easier:

 

Location

In order to narrow down the search, you should first decide where in Stockholm you want to live. You need to consider the fact, that closer to the center you live, the more expensive the rent will be. A central location is highly demanded but think about your budget and whether it’s worth it for you to pay more for the location.

Consider the factors that affect where you live. Where is your workplace? Where is your university? What do you like to do in your free time?

If you don’t want to spend hours commuting to work or school, it might be a good idea to find an apartment close to your workplace, so you don’t waste too much of your precious time on the bus or riding your bike!

Stockholm is notably a very green city with a good public transportation network. But even so, you might want to live close to a park AND a metro station if you, for example, enjoy going for early morning runs. You will highly appreciate the time savings once you’ve moved in.

If you’re not keen on buying a car, make sure there are grocery stores in the area, as you’ll be the one carrying shopping bags back home.

 

Duration

One more thing that you will have to make a decision about is the duration of the rental. Deciding on a long term rental will make it easier to get a contract. Landlords do prefer trustworthy tenants, willing to stay longer.

 

Search

Besides newspapers and real estate agencies, there are a number of online apartment rental platforms. Of course, we strongly recommend Hibih, because it’s free, you can search from your phone and it’s easy to navigate! Besides, it’s not just an apartment finder, you can find flatmates on Hibih as well!

And don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t settle for the first apartment just because you feel pressured by the landlord or agent. See a few places, think about it and then make a decision.

 

Information

It’s your living arrangement and your money. So, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the apartment. The agents or landlords are there to rent it. And they should have all the information ready and should take the time to answer your questions. Whether it is the utility costs you are wondering about or whether you are allowed to do any changes in the apartment. Don’t be afraid to ask and don’t settle for something you don’t have a good feeling about!

 

Caution

There have been numerous reports of rental agreement scams, where the scammers ask for a deposit before you even get to see the apartment. After that, they vanish with the money.

If you don’t wish to become a victim of this, make sure to do your research, visit the real estate first and carefully read the agreement before signing anything or transferring any money!

 

Company

If you have the possibility, ask a friend to join you for the walkarounds. It will be more fun, you will have a second opinion and you will probably feel more comfortable than being alone in an apartment with agents or landlords.