Linköping was just about unknown territory for Oskar (beyond knowing the city had Sweden's nicest accent), but now he feels completely at home on his corridor in Ryd.
Name: Oskar Sjöstrand
Lives in: In a corridor room in Ryd
After a number of months in Ryd, Oskar Sjöstrand thinks that, although the buildings and the architecture may not be the most exciting in the world, it's a really cool place to live as a student.
You had to wait a bit to get your accommodation, didn't you?
"Yes, I hadn't planned things very well and didn't have many queue points. Just before university was about to start, I kept a really close eye on Housing direct on Studentbostäder's website, even setting my alarm clock to get first refusal on any new postings. After a couple weeks a room came up and I managed to get it. It actually worked out quite well."
Had you been to Linköping and Ryd before?
"No, my girlfriend, who was also starting here, and I knew nothing about the city, just that people talked like Tage Danielsson, with Sweden's nicest accent, hahaha! And when I asked around about Ryd, the responses varied."
So how did it turn out?
"I love it here, Ryd is a really vibrant student area. It may not be the world's most exciting place in terms of architecture and the buildings, but I think my room and my corridor are both really good."
Would you have chosen a corridor room if you'd had other options?
"Now I know what it's like, I definitely would, but maybe not before. I was quite nervous when I moved in, and I didn't really know what it would be like sharing a kitchen and so on with other people. But I'm really glad I went for this option. You meet so many people, it's brilliant! And the kitchen thing works fine, we keep everything clean and tidy!"
Are you going to carry on living here?
"My girlfriend and I have just started looking for somewhere to live together, but it might take some time. And I really have no problem with living here a while longer. It's really cool!"