If you are a citizen of a state that is in the European Union, part of the European Economic Area or another Nordic country then you do not need a residence permit or visa to live, work or study in Sweden. However, if your stay will be longer than 12 months then you should register with the Swedish Tax Agency.
Non-EU/EEA/Nordic citizens from certain countries may need a visa to enter the country even for a period of three months, and if you intend to stay longer than 3 months then you will need to obtain a residence permit.
In order to be eligible for this, you must have an acceptance letter confirming you are studying at a Swedish institution; along with paying the first tuition fee instalment, the application fees and providing supporting documentation which includes passport, evidence of ability to support yourself financially and proof of health insurance.
Most Swedish universities offer accommodation services to assist all students foreign and domestic in finding appropriate housing whilst they are studying.
These services may include providing university-owned accommodation or simply providing advice on how to acquire accommodation and you should check with your institution to see what their service includes.
There are lots of private student accommodation companies in Sweden that deal with everything from house-shares and sole rentals, although costs will vary depending on where you want to live.
All Swedish universities are applied to via Universityadmissions.se which allow you to manage your applications, submit them to your relevant universities, submit your supporting documents and check for confirmation of acceptance.
Whilst all university applications are managed through this central system you can consult with your target university or institution to check you are eligible before applying.
Tuition fees do not apply to citizens of the EU/EEA/Nordic countries which makes Sweden an attractive option for those wanting to study there from the EU.
There is an application fee of SEK 900 to apply and the cost of tuition for programmes varies largely on the level of study and the subject you are applying for.
There are a number of scholarships available to students wanting to study in Sweden, including ones from the Swedish Institute and individual university scholarships themselves.