Services for exchange student

Insurance for exchange students

As an exchange student at MDU you are insured during your study period at the university by the insurance named Student IN. It is issued by the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet).

Reception services

As a service to you the University organises reception service on Tuesday and Wednesday 27 and 28 August, between 16-18. In the main entrance of Campus Västerås you will be able to pick up your key from representatives from Bostad Västerås, meet University staff and current students. All there to welcome you to Sweden and MDU. You will also have the option to get transportation to your accommodation.

Please note that there is no specific programme for the reception day. Arrival at other dates are of course possible, but please note that arriving outside this date means that you are expected to pick up your keys and get to your accommodation on your own.


Digital introduction
Our short videos will provide you with all the information you need to get a good start of your studies here at MDU. To the introduction videos.

The Welcoming
We'll give you and all other students a proper welcome during the largest student event of the year, "The Welcoming". It's taking place on Friday 30 August between 13-16 at Campus Eskilstuna.

Different parts of the University will also be there to answer questions and give information.

Buses from Västerås leave at 12.00 from the bus stop outside the main entrance of campus.
Buses back to Västerås leave at 16.15 from Rademachergatan. The bus stop is located between Rademachergatan 28A and the City Library.

The bus is free of charge of course.

The Student Union

The Student Union is an organisation that works closely with the University, to maintain the quality of the education and study-social environment from a student’s perspective. At MDU we are proud of our Student Union, and also of the various student associations, who make sure to take good care of all you international students.


The majority of our programmes and courses in English are given at Campus Västerås, and many of the teachers/professors/faculty members you will encounter during your studies at MDU, are based there. This combined with the active international student association makes most international students choose to stay in Västerås.

The housing agency we collaborate with is called Bostad Västerås. They don't own any apartment buildings of their own, but act as a link between the landlords and the tenant, making it easier for both. There are various kinds of housing types available, but the most common is small studio apartments.

In order for you to get a better understanding of how the process of getting accommodation through Bostad Västerås works, here's a short overview:

  • Once admitted to MDU, please register through the website of Bostad Västerås External link, opens in new window.
    You can list several housing options you are interested in.

  • If there are vacancies you will get a housing offer through email
    Accepting the (potential) offer is highly recommended. There will be an opportunity to change your accommodation after the first semester or get a refund if you for some reason can't come to start your studies.
    Please note that declining the offer will result in you being placed last in the queue, and there is no guarantee that you'll get a second offer.

  • Accept and secure your offer through payment
    Please read the Bostad Västerås refund policy External link, opens in new window. in case you can't attend MDU, for whatever reason.
    Again, we strongly recommend you to accept the potential offer you get from Bostad Västerås. This as it's not very easy to find regular accommodation in the area.

More ways to find housing

There are more ways to find housing in the area. Always make sure to get a proper contract if you rent on your own.

Short-term or long-term rent mostly available in and around Västerås.

Facebook groups
There are several groups on FB, some open and other private. Search for "Lägenheter i Västerås" or "Lägenheter i Eskilstuna" if you prefer to stay there. Please note that most ads are in Swedish.

Ad sites
The biggest one is called Blocket. You'll find apartment ads both from private individuals and landlords. Please note that most ads are in Swedish.

There are some 70 landlords in and around Västerås. Try contacting one or more landlords directly, most of them have online registration forms where you can show your interest. If you can't register through the form, send an email explaining that you are an international student.