Winters in northern Sweden are rather cold, with lot of snow. Summers are usually relatively warm. In autumn and spring there is occasional rain. Average temperature in Lulea in winter is about - 15C and in summer +18C. The short but spectacular spring and autumn help to counterbalance the effect of the winter. During the summer it never gets dark, and the sun does not set at all for some time. During the darkest weeks of winter there are four hours of full day-light.
There are good opportunities for winter sports such as ice-skating, ice-hockey or cross-country skiing.
Since the weather is very cold you should bring supplies of warm clothing such as coats, sweaters, warm socks, long underwear etc. You will also need at least one pair of comfortable and warm boots or walking shoes as well as casual shoes.
You will find that Swedish students dress more formally for student occasions and events. If you would like to attend these events you should bring something more formal to wear, like a suit or a dress.
EU/EEA citizens have the right to work in Sweden without a work and residence permit.
As a non EU/EEA citizen you have the right to work as long as you have your student visa.
However, it can be difficult to find a job, knowledge of the Swedish language is essential.
What kind of living expenses budget should you plan for?
Food: 2400 SEK/month
Accommodation: 2500 SEK/month
Course literature: 800 SEK/month
Telephone, newspapers etc: 400 SEK/month
Local travel: 200 SEK/month
Medical and personal care: 200 SEK/month
Clothes, hobbies and amusements: 800 SEK/month
Total: app 7300 SEK/month