Independent Housing
(Self-Arranged)

The policy on arranging your own housing will change for the Spring 2020 semester and forward. Scroll down to the second half of the page to find the new policy.

Fall 2019 Policy

If allowed by your home university, you may arrange your own housing in Stockholm.

Students who have the most success securing independent housing are typically students who have a pre-existing network of family or friends in Stockholm. Otherwise, it can be challenging to find a short term, student residence to live at.

If you do choose to opt out of DIS housing, DIS cannot assist with finding you housing, rent payments, deposits, legal matters, furnishing, bedding, transportation costs, etc. You will be sacrificing activities and cultural engagement opportunities that take place in the DIS housing locations. In order to foster community engagement, DIS strongly encourages you to limit how many other DIS students you will be living with.

If independent housing is something you are interested in, it is best to begin your search for housing ASAP. If you have any questions about the recommended documentation, please contact the DIS North American Office at dis@umn.edu.

Independent Housing Fee

When choosing to arrange your own housing, you will still be charged a fee that covers student affairs support and services.

To learn about this fee, titled Student Affairs Inclusions fee, scroll to the bottom of Comprehensive Housing & Student Affairs Inclusions.

Opting Out of DIS Housing

The deadline to opt out of DIS housing is approximately 2-3 months before the term’s official arrival day. Check your student registration site for your term’s deadlines.

  • If you wish to opt out of DIS-arranged housing after the deadline has passed, please be aware that you will be charged a housing change fee plus any additional associated rent costs. Read about this change fee here
  • If you have opted out of DIS housing, please note that DIS will not be able to provide you with housing if yours falls through, once the housing deadline has passed

POLICY CHANGE: Information from Spring 2020 and Forward

From spring 2020 and forward, you may only arrange your own housing under the following circumstances stated below:

  1. Your home university allows it
  2. If you stay with local relatives or local friends in their house or apartment for the entire duration of the program. DIS considers local engagement to be an essential piece of students’ study abroad experience

Additionally, keep in mind the following:

  • You are not allowed to live with other DIS students in the independent housing option
  • If you choose to opt-out of DIS housing, DIS cannot assist you with rent deposits, legal matters, transportation costs, etc.
  • You are required to provide DIS with your legal independent housing address and phone number prior to your arrival in accordance with the deadlines stated on Student Registration

Independent Housing Fee

When choosing to arrange your own housing, you are still charged a fee that covers Student Affairs support and services. To learn about this fee, titled Student Affairs Inclusions fee, scroll to the bottom of Comprehensive Housing & Student Affairs Inclusions here.

Opting Out of DIS Housing

The deadline to opt out of DIS housing is approximately 2-3 months before the term’s official arrival day. Log in to your Student Registration to find your term’s deadlines.

  • If you wish to opt out of DIS-arranged housing after the deadline has passed, be aware that you will be charged a housing change fee plus any additional associated rent costs. Read about the housing change fee here
  • If you have opted out of DIS housing, DIS will not be able to provide you with housing if your arrangements fall through, once the housing deadline has passed