Sorry, but Swedish housing firms, local housing authorities and accommodation agencies usually don't have their web sites in English ..... nevertheless they could of course help you to find a place to live. Use the dictionary below to get through the list of Swedish housing authorities.
In Umeå I have found that Bostaden have good information in English about available flats (look for the link "In English" at their website).
Here you have Master Erik. They are providing student rooms and a youth hostel in Holmsund.
Da Capo Invest AB invests in purchasing properties in attractive residential areas of central Umeå. Offer premium apartments.
This option is only for students."Akutrumsförmedlingen" acts as an intermediary for newly accepted students at Umeå Universty & SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). In Umeå there is a "roof-over-the-head" guarantee, which means that newly arrived students will not have to worry about finding somewhere to live. Most of the time Akutrumsförmedlingen can find lodging in an apartement or a house, perhaps sharing living space with someone else. The distance from the university campus can vary. Sometimes, although it's rare, Akutrumsförmedlingen can find student rooms and small sublet apartements. The rent is usually between 1400 Skr/month and 3000 Skr/month.
See also information about Housing from International Office at Umeå University
Here is an option while finding a permanant place STF Youth Hostel Umeå Address: Västra Esplanaden 10. The reception is open: 8-10,17-19. Phone: +46 (0)90 771650 Fax: +46 (0)90 771695
A map is always a good start. Concerning Umeå, here you have a Map (click on the part that you want to enlarge). Here a map overview of the Umeå University Campus area and here a nice air-point-view-picture of the University Campus area (see also National Geographic's MapMachine or Google Maps and Google Earth)
Another useful thing is a dictionary English-Swedish and Swedish-English
(If you prefer the Fahrenheit scale. Here the converted temperatures)
|Average temperatures Umeå (Umeå Airport) :|
|Max - Min temperatures, frosty days, real warm days and days with precipitation in Umeå (Umeå Airport) :|
|Maximum||Jun 30||Jul 9||Aug 19||Jul 17||Aug 10||Jul 12||Jul 7||Aug 8||Jun 5||Jun 28||Aug 7||Jun 11||Jul 6|
|Minimum||Dec 31||Feb 6||Jan 1||Jan 6||Jan 22||Mar 1||Feb 6||Feb 7||Feb 29||Feb 17||Feb 24||Jan 15||Feb 4|
|Frosty day is 24-hour period when minimum temperature is below 0.0 C (32 F)|
Hot day is 24-hour period when maximum temperature is no lower than 25.0 C (77 F)
Sun hours. More than 120 Watt per square metre (Pyrheloimeter)
Precipitation day is 24-hour period with precipitation at least 0.1 mm ( 0.00394 in)
|Various "weather" statistics for Umeå, known as "The City of Birches" (Björkarnas stad) :|
|Blanket of snow
Maximum in cm
|Bare ground (no snow)||Apr 22||Apr 20||Apr 12||Apr 17||Apr 23||Apr 13||Apr 28||Apr 5||Apr 24||Apr 24||Apr 28||Apr 20||Apr 29|
|Breakup of the ice (UmanRiver)||Apr 26||Apr 20||Apr 10||Apr 15||Apr 15||Apr 9||Apr 28||Apr 12||Apr 16||Apr 23||Apr 21||Apr 17||Canceled|
|No frost in the ground||May 12||Apr 29||May 1||May 9||May 5||May 17||May 7||May 15||May 5||May 11||May 3||Apr 20||Apr 29|
|Birch leaf emergence||No data||May 27||May 15||May 24||May 18||May 29||May 20||May 21||May 15||May 19||May 18||May 18||May 26|
|Sun hours (weeks 25-32)||240||321||451||520||353||434||611||640||472||408||432||444||364|
In Umeå (where on Earth is Umeå ? ... besides Lat N 63°48' Long E 20°17' Altitude 7) the seasons are very distinct from one another. Autumn brings colder weather and shorter days but also beautiful color changes of the leaves. Winter and the snow brightens up the country although the days get even shorter (at the shortest only 6 hours of daylight). During the time when nights are really dark (September-March) it is possible to see wonderful Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in the Umeå region. Spring arrives in April-May with longer days and spring flowers. In Sweden, and especially in Umeå, we celebrate the arrival of spring, the so-called Valborgsmässoafton (Walpurgis Night), on April 30. Summer lasts in general from May to mid-August, with an average temperature in July 2002 of 18°C (64°F). It is the season with long days and 24-hour daylight, and finally in the far north, above the Arctic Circle you can actually see the midnight sun.
I do recommend you to visit kulturCHOCK a famous former electronic newsletter. The newsletter do not deal with art, culture, traditions, scenery, but rather day-to-day important topics, such as: Should I or should I not take off my shoes at this party? You will also get knowledge about important issues for example Brännboll: the Swedish sport that's like softball, but without any rules. The newsletter also have a renowned corner for Swedish idioms in painfully literal translation.
If fishing could be of interest here you have all about fishing in Sweden and here a Classic Swedish Car, about Northern Lights etc.
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