Looking for accommodation in Uppsala? Here are some tips to guide you.
Located at some 70 km to the North of Stockholm, Uppsala is deemed to be Sweden's 4th biggest city. The city attracts and hosts many expatriates, especially those who have chosen to work there. In fact, the cost of living and lifestyle in Uppsala greatly characterized its position as one of the country's most important regions.
Uppsala's population consists of some 200,000 inhabitants, including 30,000 students. Indeed, the city is very popular with local and foreign students due to the presence of the local university which has several high research departments. Uppsala also hosts many start-ups which are specialized in new technologies.
However, Uppsala is much more than a modern student city. Indeed, its history dates back to the Vikings era. Indeed, you will find a sacred place dedicated to the Aesir, the chief gods who are related or often associated to Odin, as well as the living the city of Asgard. Uppsala is also one of the few cities in the world to have preserved a virgin forest.
Finding accommodation in Uppsala can be a difficult task, but it's not impossible. This is why you are advised to start your housing search well in advance, unless you have sufficient financial means to rent a hotel room or a guestroom.
In the meantime, you can start your housing search on the Internet thanks to websites such as Blocket which is quite similar to eBay and Craiglist. Feel free to post your ad there or to contact owners or tenants who are offering housing. You will thus avoid long and never ending waiting lists. During your search, type the following keywords to obtain a list of real estate agencies in the city: “Uppsala real estate”.
Note that the local rental market particularly specialized in student housing. Hence, it is best to register with a real estate agency which can help you find accommodation according to your criteria more rapidly. You will realize, during your housing hunt, that most of the housing units available in Uppsala are dedicated to students.
Why not check out the Expat.com housing section as well? You might also be lucky by inquiring about housing with expatriates living in Sweden on the Forum. You will also be able to start your own network of contacts. Indeed, word-of-mouth has proved to be a useful took during housing search.