Commuting

Mjölby, Mantorp, Vikingstad and Boxholm are examples of towns/communities close to Linköping, you find a list of housing companies at Housing companiesBlocket is another great site for finding apartmets and rooms all over the county.

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.

Public transportation and transportation from airports

If you arrive by airplane to Sweden we have several airports that you might arrive at. There is Skavsta (in Nyköping), Bromma and Arlanda (in Stockholm).

If you arrive at Bromma or Arlanda you have to travel into Stockholm city by aritport bus or train, and then go by bus or train to Linköping or Norrköping. 

Public transportations for Bromma/Arlanda 

Bus from airport - Flygbussarna

Train - SJ

Bus - Swebus or Nettbus

Public transportations for Skavsta

Bus

Skavsta - Linköping ca 90 minutes

Skavsta - Norrköping ca 55 minutes

 

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)

Tranås (50 minutes by commuter train to Linköping train station, the municipality offers a 50% travelling grant to students)

Haga (ca 10 minutes with tram to Norrköping train station)
 
Kimstad (ca 11 minutes with commuter train to Norrköping train station)
 
Söderköping (33 minutes in total with bus to Norrköping train station and then walking to campus Norrköping)
 
Skärblacka (33 minutes in total with bus to Västertull and then walking to campus Norrköping)
 
Hageby (20 minutes in total with tram and then walking to campus Norrköping)
 

 

Hear from LiU-students who commutes:

 

Marcus

Lives in: Söderköping

Studies at: Campus Valla

Have commuted: For five years

 

Approximately, how long does it take for you to get from your home to your main campus?  

 About 1 hour and fifteen minutes.

Before you started commuting, how was your feelings or attitude towards doing so?

I was positive towards the possibility of commuting. I could still live in my home municipality which was an advantage.

Did it turn out to be like you thought it would be?

Yes

Do you feel like you have missed out on any of the student life because of commuting?

Yes, a few activities such as going out with my class.

What would you say to new students who might be skeptical about commuting?

Try it, no harm done if you do. If you find it not working for you then you can always look for other alternatives.

 

Antonia

Lives in: Linköping

Studies at: Campus Norrköping

Have commuted: Since 2014

 

Approximately, how long does it take for you to get from your home to your main campus?  

1.5 hours

Before you started commuting, how was your feelings or attitude towards doing so?

I thought that it would mean long days, stressful to catch departures and lots of waiting for buses or trains.

Did it turn out to be like you thought it would be?

Both yes and no! I have tried both the campus bus as well as Östgötapendeln, they both have advantages and disadvantages.

Do you feel like you have missed out on any of the student life because of commuting?

Both yes and no on that too! I think that if I had lived and studied in the same town, hanging out with people and taking part in the student life would have come more naturally. However, many times I myself have chosen to go home instead.

What would you say to new students who might be skeptical about commuting?

It works and should not be seen as a hindrance! You get to experience two cities and you can take part in the student life on both campuses.

 

Oskar

Lives in: Linköping

Studies at: Campus Norrköping

Have commuted: For four years

 

Approximately, how long does it take for you to get from your home to your main campus?  

 One hour

Before you started commuting, how was your feelings or attitude towards doing so?

I thought it would be nice to seperate my school life and my private life.

Did it turn out to be like you thought it would be?

Yes

Do you feel like you have missed out on any of the student life because of commuting?

No, because "student life" doesn't really appeal to me.

What would you say to new students who might be skeptical about commuting?

 

It is a good way to wake up in the morning as well as get relaxed in the afternoon.

 

 

Wenjia rented a room in Ljungsbro and then a corridor room in Ryd.

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.

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