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Housing Allowance as a International Student

Hi,

I come from an EU country and will be studying in Sweden for two years. Are we eligible if we are registered in the tax office and have a Swedish Number?  Also, at the university we have health insurance, doesn't this mean that we are registered?
I would like to know in which case we could get housing allowance.

Thank you,

Anna


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  • Hello Anna,

    First of all, please be advised that registration with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) and the right to health care are different concepts in Sweden.
    About your first question: “Are we eligible if we are registered in the tax office and have a Swedish Number?” If you mean the health insurance, you are covered by the Swedish health insurance once you receive Swedish social security number (personnummer) from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket). Having a health insurance via the university does not mean that you are registered at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and can apply for allowances.

    If you wish to read about health care in Sweden, more information in English is available here. You can find information about studying in Sweden here.

    In general, students from EU, EEA countries or Switzerland are not eligible for Housing Allowance because they are not considered Swedish residents and therefore is not eligible for social insurance. Remember that in order to apply for benefits from Försäkringskassan you need to be registered for social insurance.

    However, you can always send in the relevant documents so that Försäkringskassan can make a decision to see if you are covered by Swedish Social Insurance. After you receive a personnummer, you can fill in the registration application which is available in English here. Please give us further details on your studies on additional information and send it to us with the relevant attachments. Attachments are listed on the form in section 10.
    More information about housing allowance for young people (younger than 29 years old), you can find here and the application form here. You can send in the application for the housing allowance with the registration documents.

    For further questions regarding social insurance and benefits  you can contact our Customer Centre for private individuals on the telephone number 0771-524 524 (and press 8 to get connected to the English line)

    Opening hours of Customer Centre: Mon-Fri: 8:00-16.00, Sat-Sun closed.

    Best regards,
  • Hello, my daughter is an Italian citizen and would like to attend a swedish high school for a school year; she needs monthly a medical treatment for a chronic desease in hospital, so I was wondering if it's possible to plan it according to the European Health Insurance and, if so, where nd how I can get the information to organize her stay.
    Thanks in advance, best regards.
    Michela
  • Hello Michela! Thank you for your post.
    If you wish to read about health care in Sweden, more information in English is available ​here​​​. You can find information about studying in Sweden here

    Kind regards,
    Fredrik

    Fredrik Administrative officer
  • Hi,
    i came to Sweden and moving with someone in Sweden and right now i am waiting for SFI class.
    Can i get any benefit as housing allowance or something?
    As i know because i am not from refugee country i do not get any money to enter SFI class, is it right?
    Thank you

    Best Regards,

    Grace
  • Hello Grace,
    thank you for your post.
    In general, students from EU, EEA countries or Switzerland are not eligible for Housing Allowance because they are not considered Swedish residents and therefore is not eligible for social insurance. Remember that in order to apply for benefits from Försäkringskassan you need to be registered for social insurance.

    However, you can always send in the relevant documents so that Försäkringskassan can make a decision to see if you are covered by Swedish Social Insurance. After you receive a personnummer, you can fill in the registration application which is available in English here. Please give us further details on your studies on additional information and send it to us with the relevant attachments. Attachments are listed on the form in section 10.
    More information about housing allowance for young people (younger than 29 years old), you can find here and the application form ​here​​​. You can send in the application for the housing allowance with the registration documents.

    For further questions regarding social insurance and benefits you can contact our Customer Centre for private individuals on the telephone number 0771-524 524 (and press 8 to get connected to the English line)

    Kind regards,
    Fredrik

    Fredrik Administrative officer
  • HI,
    I come from an NON- EU country and will be studying in Sweden for two years. I have 3 family members (wife and baby). Are we eligible for housing allowance if we are registered in the tax office and have a Swedish Number?

    I would like to know in which case we could get housing allowance.

    Thank you,
    Borhan
    Borhan
  • Hello!

    Thank you for your post.

    Since it is a public forum, it is difficult for us to answer to questions regarding specific cases. We therefore recommend that you call our Customer Service by dialing, 0771 524 524 and press 8 to get connected to the English line.

    Our telephone lines are open the following hours:

    Monday – Friday 8.00am — 4.00 pm,
    Helen Administrative officer
  • hello
    i came to Sweden this spring semester for 6 months course. i have just been accepted to study a bachelor's program at another university for the coming autumn. i was also given a scholarship that covers 75 percent of the tuition fee. but my challenge now is that i have no finance to arrange for accommodation since my program begins by August.
    please is there any help i can get in regards to housing allowance since i am an international student from Africa.
    Regards
    Mark
    Mark
  • Hello Mark,
    thank you for your post. First, we need to investigate whether you can be insured in Sweden to be eligible for benefits from Försäkringskassan. If you have not done it already, please send in the registration form 5456, a link to the form in English is here.
    Information on housing allowance and how to apply for it you can read here.
    If you need more information, please call our Customer Centre at 0771 - 524 524 (press #8 for English). The lines are open Mon-Fri 09.00-15.00.

    Fredrik Administrative officer
  • Hello Fredrik,
    thanks for the response, I have read through the information and some of it are clear to me while some are not very clear.

    the first thing i got very clear is that i need to have my swedish personal number before i apply for housing allowance.
    having a registered residence address is another factor needed to be noted before making application for housing allowance.

    i am studying my six months program at Umea University but by Autumn i will be moving to Gavle university for a degree program and that is where i am seeking the housing allowance because i don't have money to arrange for accommodation as i have got no job now.

    what do i do?
    Mark
  • Hello,

    Thank you for your post!

    As my colleague stated in the previous post, you will need to send in the registration form first in order for you to know whether you will be eligible for the housing allowance or not.

    Information on housing allowance and how to apply for it you can read here.
    If you need more information, please call our Customer Centre at 0771 - 524 524 and press #8 for English.

    Best Regards
    Helen Administrative officer
  • Hi,
    I come from a NON- EU country and will be studying in Sweden for two years. I have a child with me. Are we eligible for a housing allowance if we are registered in the tax office and have a Swedish Number? Before coming to Sweden I worked a few years in Norway and I paid tax in Norway. Does it help to get housing allowing in Sweden?

    I would like it if I can get a housing allowance.

    Thank you,
    Borhan

    Borhan

    Borhan
  • Hello!

    Thank you for your post.

    We need to first investigate if you will be covered by the Social Insurance in Sweden and have right to get benefits such as housing allowance.

    You can easily fill in the form 5456 digitally if you have access to the Mobile Bank Id. You will need to click on Your Pages (Mina Sidor) when you´ve signed in with your Mobile BankID, click on All e-services (Alla e-tjänster) and next the option Other (Övrigt). Under Other you will find the form Provide information during a move to Sweden or work in Sweden (Lämna uppgifter vid flytt till eller arbete i Sverige). 

    You can also send in the form as a paper form. You need to fill in the form 5456 and send in them to our address mentioned below along with the relevant documents that is listed on the last page.

    Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral
    SE-839 88 Östersund.

    Best Regards
    Helen Administrative officer

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