Looking for accommodation in Gothenburg? Here are some useful tips to guide you through your search.
Gothenburg is undeniably one of the biggest and most popular Swedish cities. But despite being welcoming towards expatriates, its rental market is quite limited. Hence, finding accommodation can be quite complicated if you are planning to move there. Indeed, like in the rest of the country, you will have to be quite patient and make a good planning.
Located near Kattegat, on Sweden's West coast, Gothenburg is the second major city after Stockholm. Being a diverse and dynamic international city, Gothenburg hosts a significant expatriate community. Founded in 1621, Gothenburg is also deemed to be a historical city.
If you are moving there with your family, you will enjoy a modern environment and relaxed climate, especially due to its proximity with the sea. You will also be delighted by its rich cultural heritage, including many cultural and sports activities all year round.
Gothenburg also hosts a student population thanks to the presence of its universities and other higher education institutions.
Finally, Gothenburg is the home of many expatriates who have chosen to work there. Note that the city hosts many financial institutions, as well as manufacturing industries.
Good to know:
You don't really have to worry if you don't speak Swedish as you are likely to come across many English speaking people in Gothenburg.
As mentioned in the article Accommodation in Sweden, expatriates who are working and receiving a regular salary in Sweden are more likely to be considered by owners. You will also be required to produce your personnummer, that is your personal identity number, when signing the lease contract.
You can choose between two types of lease in Gothenburg: rental and sublease. If you prefer to rent directly from the owner, you are advised to register well in advance to the municipal waiting list (bostadskö). However, you may have to wait for a long time, even years.
Sublease then seems to be the easiest way to find accommodation in Gothenburg like in most of the major Swedish cities. In this case, you will be renting a housing unit from a tenant. But make sure that the housing unit's syndicate has signed the sublet document before signing the sublet contract.
It is best to be on the spot to find accommodation in Gothenburg, and this applies to the rest of the country as well given the limited rental market. Feel free to check out classified ads in local newspapers and on housing websites. Word-of-mouth may also help if you have friends and contacts in the city. In all cases, you will have to sign the administrative documents yourself.
Expat.com – Housing in Gothenburg
Gothenburg Official Portal international.goteborg.se
Bostad Direkt www.bostaddirekt.com
Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions skl.se
Hyresgästföreningen – Swedish Union of Tenants www.hyresgastforeningen.se