Mjölby, Mantorp, Vikingstad and Boxholm are examples of towns/communities close to Linköping, you find a list of housing companies at Housing companies.
You'll find bus and train timetables at www.ostgotatrafiken.se. Sometimes the travel planner will have a difficult time choosing the best bus stop for your travel. To find a good bus stop near campus Valla try: Universitetet, Universitetet Golfbanan, Gamla Linköping, Campushallen or Solhaga. To find good stops near campus US try Maskincentralen, US Södra Entrén or US Norra Entrén. To find good bus/tram stops near campus Norrköping try Väster Tull, Norrköping Resecentrum, Norr Tull or Hospitalsgatan.
The university also provides a free shuttle bus - “Campusbussen” - between the Campus Norrköping, Campus US and Campus Valla, it takes about 50 minutes from Norrköping to Valla. The bus line is operated between 5:25 and 18:25 during the weekdays. You find more information on www.liu.se/campusbussen.
Places that are easy to commute from!
Linghem (6 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station)
Vikingstad (8 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station)
Mantorp (15 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station)
Mjölby (20 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station)
Boxholm (32 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station)
Åtvidaberg (35-45 minutes by commuter train or bus to Linköping train station)
Motala (45 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station)
Borensberg (21 minutes by direct bus to Gamla Linköping)
Norrköping (40 minutes with the Campus bus, free for students! 27 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station)
Ljungsbro (25-30 minutes by bus to Linköping train station)
Sturefors (25 minutes by bus to Linköping train station)Haga (ca 10 minutes with tram to Norrköping train station) Kimstad (ca 27 minutes with commuter train to Norrköping train station) Söderköping (33 minutes in total with bus to Norrköping train station and then walking to campus) Skärblacka (33 minutes in total with bus to Västertull and then walking to campus) Hageby (26 minutes in total with tram and then walking to campus)
Wenjia rented a room in Ljungsbro and then a corridor room in Ryd, read her story
Hej, my name is Wenjia and I spent the fall semester 12/13 at Linköping University as a German exchange student. I arrived in Linköping without having a place to sleep. Like hundreds of other exchange students, I was desperately searching for an apartment in the biggest student accommodation area Ryd. Facing the fact that I didn’t have sufficient queue points at Studentbostäder, I started looking for other solutions. I talked to a lot of other students, teachers and student organizations, especially KOMBO. Fortunately and by chance, I found Mia. Mia had been working at the University for years. She and her husband, Göran, agreed to help out by offering two rooms at her home in Ljungsbro, about 16km from the University.
After a 50 min bus ride from the University I arrived in Ljungsbro. From the very beginning I felt very comfortable at their place. Mia and Göran were great in providing a cozy home for me. We spent a lot of time together. One weekend, we went to collect mushrooms at a local forest. I learned how to chop wood and make köttbullar and saffransbröd. During the evenings, we often had dinner together or just sat on the couch having funny conversations. It was nice getting to know more of the Swedish culture; and I very much liked the Cloetta chocolate factory. I would often jog along the Göta kanal down to the Roxen Lake and enjoyed the beautiful countryside and endless nature.
After two months I was offered a corridor room in Ryd, which provided more opportunities to get to know people and hang out with friends I had already made. Of course, it was convenient living close to the University, but given the difficult housing situation I strongly recommend to consider other alternatives especially when first getting there. Most likely one will come across housing opportunities in Ryd after the first few weeks. In hindsight, I was very fortunate to experience the Eramus student life, and more importantly, I got to spend a lot time with an incredibly nice Swedish family which is something I wouldn’t want to miss.