Sweden attracts university students for a number of reasons. Besides the fact that eight universities in the country are ranked among the top places in the world to receive higher education, it is also one the least expensive countries in the world to go to university.
These two reasons combined make Sweden a haven for university students. Even with affordable tuition, however, many students have a difficult time making ends meet due to the high cost of living in the country. In fact, Sweden ranks among the top 20 when it comes to the most expensive countries in the world.
The good news is, there are simple some ways that students in Sweden can enjoy their university experience and save money at the same time.
1. Sign Up for Student Discount Cards
It can be tempting for university students to splurge on food, but in a country that has some of the highest food prices in the EU, this isn’t a good idea for students trying to save money. Here are some doable ways that students in Sweden can eat on a budget:
- Receive discounts at certain restaurants by signing up for a Swedish Studentkort
- Receive discounts on groceries by signing up with the supermarket chain ICA
- Receive discounts at certain coffee chains, including Espresso House and Waynes by signing up for the Mecenant card
Students need to eat, plus they need their coffee, and signing up for student discount cards is a way to do both on a budget.
2. Go Sightseeing for Free
Sweden is a beautiful country with a myriad of things to do, which means in between studying sessions and classes, they can take advantage of the many places to see for free. Throughout the country, many museums are free. Besides that, some free things to do in Stockholm include:
- Hellasgården – located in the Nacka nature reserve
- Katarinahissen – also known as the Katrina elevator
- Skogskyrkogården – a UNESCO World Heritage site
Besides free things to do in Stockholm, there are a variety of entertaining events that university students throughout Sweden can attend for free.
3. Don’t Rack Up Debt
Students attending university often have more freedom than they are used to having. Some get a little too carried away with that freedom and end up racking credit card debt. For students who have gotten carried away with their spending, they may qualify for a low-interest or interest-free loan to help pay off their debt. Paying off high-interest debt with a low-interest loan is a great way to save money.