To be honest, it all depends what you are looking for in housing. Here are all the housing options offered which provide all the basic info, but I’m assuming you already looked at that. I personally know no one who lives in Lilla, and even though it says it’s only six kilometers away from downtown, I can already tell you that’s far in Uppsala standards. Let me give you a bit of an overview of the housing I’m familiar with:
Most international students choose to live here. This is where the pre-drink parties happen, known as corridor parties. People sometimes go a bit wild, throw things out the windows etc. and of course there is the famous Flogsta scream. Just recently I heard that some students nicknamed Flogsta “China” this year, because it is so far away from downtown it feels like going all the way to China, or something like that. Another nickname I know, which is not very positive, is “the Ghetto.” To be perfectly honest I’ve only been to Flogsta once. If you live downtown it really does seem far away, walking takes quite a while, so most people bike or bus. Keep in mind buses don’t run 24 hours so that might be an issue when coming back from clubs. Nevertheless, this is where most international students live and from what I’ve heard you meet plenty of people, there is always something going on in one building or another, so you are certainly never bored!
Kungsgatan 27 (Hotel Uppsala)
This is where I live, and I absolutely love it! If you value your privacy and don’t want to be social all the time, this is a place for you. Sure if you make the effort you can easily befriend your neighbours (they are all international students), but partying in small rooms is more challenging, therefore it’s usually pretty quiet. The location is incredible, only a short walk away from the main square, most of the nations, and central station. Most of the campus buildings are on the other side of the river, so the walk takes about fifteen minutes, but it’s a very nice walk and saves you money on bus passes and bikes :) I absolutely love living here, but it might not be for everyone. If you are looking forward to meeting a gazillion of new random people and knowing everyone in the building, this is a much more calm and private place.
I’ve been to this place once at the beginning of the year and there’s not much I can tell you. The set up seems pretty similar to Flogsta, people live in corridors and share a kitchen. It’s on the other side of town from Flogsta, and I actually walked there from downtown, which wasn’t that far, but the walk was by a busy street, so not very fun. I know most people bike from there into town, but once you get to know the area there might be some shortcuts you could take. I also know it’s close to Lidl, a very cheap grocery shop.
I’ve been to this place twice and it seems pretty nice. The big drawback is that you share showers or sometimes even a whole bathroom with the corridor, which might be problematic to some people. The location is very good, it’s the closest to campus buildings out of all the housing options, especially if you study business it’s right behind Ekonomikum where the business classes are held. This means it’s a short walking distance from downtown as well, probably around 15-20 minutes. They also have corridor parties here, but much less wild than in Flogsta.
I haven’t heard anything about the other housing options, or know people who live there, so I can’t give you my opinion on that. Basically you need to figure out what’s important to you and what things you are willing to sacrifice. For me the top priority was having my own bathroom and living in the city center. Partying and social life in the building wasn’t really important to me, so Hotel Uppsala turned out to be the perfect choice. It all depends what you want, and when you figure that out, I’m sure you will be able to find a place that suits your needs!