You must be at least 16 and not more than 54 years old to register on SSSB:s waiting-list. To be able to collect credit days you need to be a member of a student union affiliated to the Stockholm Federation of Student Unions (SSCO). This also applies for all SSSB tenants. (It’s not enough being a sustaining member of a student union.)
List of SSCO's members »
Checks of the accommodation waiting-list
To ensure that those on the SSSB accommodation waiting-list are student union members, SSSB compare the list with the SSCO union membership register on a regular basis.
When the SSSB waiting-list is checked against the SSCO student union membership register, we firstly compare civic registration numbers (personnummer). It is therefore of great importance that those who have a Swedish civic registration number (personnummer) make sure that their number is registered both with SSSB and their student union.
If you don’t have a Swedish ‘personnummer’ registered we will make the search in the register on your email address. It is therefore vitally important to make sure you have registered the same email address with your student union and with SSSB.
If you want to learn more about student union membership rules, checks, how to put your place on hold etc. please go to Union membership rules »
Waiting-list credit days
The time you spend on the waiting-list is measured as the number of days you've been on it since you registered (your credit days). The number of credit days you have governs both the type of accommodation you are eligible for and your chances of success.
You are only allowed to have one place on the waiting-list. Your place on the waiting-list is personal and cannot be transferred to anyone else. Keep your personal details and codes in a safe place so that unauthorised persons do not have access to them.
Credit days being reset to zero
You can lose your place on the waiting-list and lose your credit days if you are twice offered a rental agreement and decline to sign it both times. It is therefore important that you don't book apartments in which you are not interested. Remember that if you say 'yes' to an offer but then fail to sign the agreement within the specified time, this will also be taken as a 'no'. The rules are the same regardless of whether you are offered an apartment through the regular waiting-list or as last-minute accommodation.
When you sign a rental agreement, you lose both your place on the waiting-list and your credit days. These rules apply regardless of whether you already are a SSSB tenant and want to change apartments within the SSSB housing stock, or are moving into your first student apartment. They also apply if you sign an agreement for last-minute accommodation and if you have acquired priority accommodation.
You can also lose your credit days and your place on the waiting-list if a check of student union membership reveals that you are not a member of a student union affiliated to SSCO. Read more on the page Union membership rules »
Your credit days can be taken away from you
If you fail to conduct yourself properly as an SSSB tenant, you may lose your credit days and you will not be welcome as a tenant of ours in the future. This also applies to tenants who are in our debt (owe us money). If you have passed the age of 54, which is the established age-limit for being allowed to sign a rental agreement, you will be removed from the waiting-list.
SSSB has one waiting-list for all types of accommodation. There is no special internal waiting-list for exchanging apartments within the SSSB housing stock.
To live in a student accommodation with SSSB you must gain at least 15 higher education credits or similar per term at a Stockholm institute of higher education. The institute's student union must be affiliated to SSCO, the Federation of Student Unions in Stockholm, and you must be a member of that union.
When can I book an apartment/room?
You are welcome to book SSSB accommodation units as soon as you have received your letter of acceptance to an education of at least 15 credits at an institute of higher education in Stockholm. The institute's student union must be affiliated to SSCO. (Please note! Your preliminary letter of acceptance is not valid!) You must present the letter of acceptance when you sign the rental agreement. As soon as the term starts you must however become a student union member and your letter of acceptance is no longer valid when signing the rental agreement.
If you’re already a student, please note that you need to be member of a SSCO-affiliated student union when signing your rental agreement. The requirement for student union membership will be checked automatically when you sign the agreement online.
You can’t book SSSB accommodation if you’re attending a summer course; you have to wait until you start studying an autumn or spring term.
Our accommodation units are constantly being allocated. If you are actively looking for accommodation, you should check our web site on a daily basis.
You can book a maximum of three accommodation units at a time. When you book, you'll be able to see how long the unit is available for booking. If you change your mind and wish to cancel your booking, you may do so only during the time the unit is available for booking online. Once the booking period has finished, you cannot change your mind. Please note that SSSB cannot remove or modify any bookings you have made.
Student rooms and studios
If you book a student room, you must be living alone. In other words, you may not have a flatmate/lodger, etc.
In a studio apartment we allow one or two tenants, but only one person sign the rental agreement.
Special rules: student apartments
You must have a co-applicant in order to book a student apartment, ie. an apartment for two persons and possible children. You can also book a student apartment if you are a single parent. The co-applicant can be a spouse, a partner or a friend and do not have to be a student.
If you are a single parent signing a rental agreement, you must be able to present a birth certificate/proof of identity (Swedish 'personbevis') for your child/children which stipulates who is his/her/their legal guardian. This proof of identity, which is available from the Swedish Tax Board, may not be more than three months old.
The person who books the apartment uses his or her credit days and will be tenant#1 on the rental agreement. If you plan to live together with someone who is also on our waiting-list and has more credit days than you, it would be wise to use this person's credit days instead. This will improve your chances of being offered the apartment you wish. However, this requires that your future co-habitant is a student or has a letter of acceptance, according to our rules.
On the page about signing an agreement you can read more about which certificates you and your co-applicant need to present to show that you are eligible to rent student accommodation. Go to the page about signing an agreement »
If you have unpaid debts with SSSB, you will not be allowed to book a new apartment/room. A few days after SSSB receives the money you owe, you will be allowed to book again.
If you have had two unpaid depts that were sent for collection of debts within a period of six months, you will be blocked from booking for six months.
If you have been given notice to move out in connection with a tenancy review, you will be blocked from booking accommodation from the date of giving notice and for six months counting from the final date of your rental agreement. Read more about tenancy reviews »
If you recently moved in and it is less than three months since your rental agreement with SSSB started, you are still blocked and cannot make a new booking.
If you give notice to your SSSB apartment, you are blocked from booking during the period of notice and for three months counting from the final date of our rental agreement.
Offer of a rental agreement
The person with the most credit days when the booking period comes to an end will be offered a rental agreement. Within a few hours of the booking period coming to an end, an offer of an agreement will be sent electronically via My pages. You must log on to My pages yourself and check whether you have received any offers or not. You will never be offered more than one agreement at a time. If you have an offer to which you haven't replied, you will not receive any new ones. You say yes or no to the offer via My pages, where you will also find more information and instructions on how to sign your agreement online. More information about how to sign your agreement online »
If you have booked more than one apartment/room and are the person with the most credit days on all of them when the booking periods have come to an end, pure chance will dictate which apartment/room agreement will be offered to you. If you have a 'favourite' apartment, you should just book that particular one, otherwise you risk being offered the 'wrong' apartment.
Information on the last date and time by which you must sign your rental agreement can be found in the agreement offer you receive via My pages.
If you do not receive an offer, you will see information telling you the apartment has been allocated to another applicant under Booking history at My pages. An apartment/room that is still vacant due to someone who has been offered it choosing not to accept the offer will be advertised for reallocation on the SSSB web site. If this is close to the moving-in date, the apartment/room will be allocated as last-minute accommodation, otherwise it will be allocated in the usual way.
You can contact the current tenant for viewing the apartment/room before you reply to the offer. When you receive the offer, you will also be given the name and telephone number of the current tenant. If there is no telephone number, SSSB does not have it and you will have to ring directory enquiries (nummerupplysningen) yourself. Under the Swedish Rent Act, rented accommodation may only be shown by the leaseholder, i.e. the existing tenant. Please note that this is a voluntary undertaking on the part of the existing tenant. In other words, there is no guarantee that you will be able to view the apartment/room before deciding whether to accept the offer.
If the current tenant cannot be contacted or for some other reason cannot or will not show you the apartment/room, you will still have to decide whether or not you want to sign a rental agreement. Some tips on what you can do if the current tenant cannot be contacted: Take a look around the area so that you know what it looks like. Try to find out where the apartment is situated in the building. If it is a corridor room, it is a good idea if you can look at the communal kitchen, since you will be sharing it with a number of other students.
Replying to offers
You are yourself responsible for registering bookings and replies within the specified time-limits on My pages. SSSB cannot modify or delete incorrect/accidental bookings/replies. Neither can SSSB extend the response time on an offer.
If you change your mind
The reply you give on My pages cannot be changed. Failure to reply will be interpreted as a 'NO'.
The first time you say 'NO', you can book another apartment/room immediately. If you say 'YES' but fail to sign the agreement within the specified time, this is regarded as a 'NO'. The second time you say 'NO' or fail to sign the agreement within the specified time, regardless of whether you have said 'YES' or 'NO', your application will be cancelled and you will lose all your credit days.
The above applies regardless of whether you have booked an apartment/room via the regular allocation system or via our last-minute accommodation system.
The rule of thumb is that you should not book accommodation you are not really interested in. Otherwise, you risk being offered an agreement for an apartment/room you do not want. If you have received an offer to sign an agreement but then fail to do so, the apartment/room in question will be reallocated.
When booking an apartment/room, you will be told from when it is available. The moving-in date cannot be altered. Rent will be charged from the moving-in date onwards, regardless of whether you actually move in on that date or do so later on. If the moving-in date is on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, you will be able to move in on the following weekday.
Last-minute accommodation is for those of you needing student accommodation immediately. These apartments/rooms are either immediately available or will be within the next few days. It is not possible to view such an apartment/room as the rental agreement needs to be signed the same day as the accommodation is allocated, or the day after if the booking is made in the afternoon.
You must have an active place on the SSSB accommodation waiting-list but the number of credit days has no bearing since these apartments/rooms are only allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. The moment you sign the rental agreement, you use up all your credit days. If you wish, you can begin accumulating new credit days by reactivating your place on the waiting-list. You are however blocked from booking new apartments/rooms for three months (as from the date you move into your new home). Failure to sign the rental agreement will be interpreted as saying 'no' to the offer.
If you already have an agreement offer on My pages you should not book last-minute accommodation unless you first say 'no' to the existing offer.
If you have made bookings online to which you have not received replies, you must immediately delete these after having booked your last-minute accommodation. You do these via My pages and My bookings.
The procedure for allocating last-minute accommodation
Last-minute accommodation is advertised along with our other vacant apartments/rooms. You book them in the same way as you book our other units. The big difference is that you get the contract immediately.
When you book last-minute accommodation, your booking is legally binding and you must sign an agreement the same day or the day after at My pages. If you book before 1200 hrs you must sign the rental agreement before 1530 hrs the same day. If you booking is made in the afternoon you must sign the rental agreement before 1130 hrs the day after.