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Caretakers focus on wellbeing and security

AF Bostäder’s caretakers have a broad job description with responsibility for everything from ongoing maintenance, repairs and inspections to taking care of outdoor environments. But the most enjoyable – and most important – is the social responsibility. Caretakers at AF Bostäder are to promote social sustainability, help the students settle in and contribute to wellbeing and security in the housing area.

“For many of them, the student housing at AF Bostäder is the first accommodation of their own,” says Linda Tjernström, former caretaker at Parentesen. “Besides the studies, it is the first time for them to take care of everything involved in running a home. We get questions about everything imaginable, such as rent matters, laundry rooms, cleaning and washing up or how to clean out a floor drain. Those who live on a corridor have joint responsibility for cleaning, so we help them to plan and organise – if it’s needed.”

“Many are far from home and their families, not least the international students,” says Max Lindahl, caretaker at Delphi and Kämnärsrätten. “In that case, it is important to have good social connections and good dynamics. We offer support in discussions about how we show consideration for each other, find ways to reach agreement and make joint decisions. We can also help to resolve conflicts and provide practical advice on matters concerning wellbeing and security. Everyone is to feel involved in their own housing and have the right to peace and quiet in their home.”

“As caretakers, we also work on developing the communal spaces,” says Sven-Erik Lönnqvist, former caretaker at Marathon. “We have a budget to use for activity rooms and social spaces. For example, we have set up a table tennis room, pool room and lounges for studies and socialising. It could also concern hammocks and mood lighting for the trees in the courtyard. It is much appreciated, and the students often put forward their own proposals, which we try to comply with.”

“An important part of the job is to be alert if someone seems to be lonely or feeling down, and in such cases ensure that the person concerned gets help. We always ensure that we are very visible, getting around among the students and talking to as many as possible. We regularly arrange events for everyone with communal get-togethers over coffee and cake, and activities in the courtyard, such as boule or a barbecue, something that has proved popular, particularly during the pandemic. The students are great to work with. As caretakers, we give a lot of ourselves, but we always get back a thousand times more,” concludes Linda Tjernström.

Latest update June 14, 2022

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Ready, steady, exercise!

It is well-known that we feel better in mind and body when we exercise. That is why in recent years, AF Bostäder has invited its tenants to take part in activities such as fun runs and league games in various sports, in cooperation with LUGI Motion. The interest from students is considerable and the atmosphere is great. Exercising is not only beneficial, but also very enjoyable.

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Fewer customers affected by consequences of debt collection

Customers with several debt collection demands regarding rent may, among other things, lose their queue time. AF Bostäder has therefore launched a new service that has reduced the number of consequences resulting from debt collection cases.

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New locks provide feeling of security at home

Everyone living at AF Bostäder is to feel secure in their home. That is why the company continuously maintains everything from outdoor environments, lighting and stairwells – to locks for housing.

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New study on housing environment and mental health

Mental health problems are becoming more common and students are a particularly vulnerable group. Therefore, AF Bostäder wants to find out more about how student housing can affect health, and whether students can feel better depending on how they choose to live. The company has allowed two students on the psychology programme to examine the links between housing environment and mental health.

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New customer survey enables a better dialogue and faster measures

AF Bostäder’s vision is to be Sweden’s best student housing company. The organisation has a strong customer focus, and customer surveys, with questions covering areas such as housing, security and sustainability, form the basis for continuous initiatives regarding housing quality.

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Despite cost increases, new rents are in line with previous years

Preparations for the year’s rent negotiations were characterised by considerable uncertainty due to the economic climate. Although AF Bostäder has been affected by costs that are no longer in relation to revenue, the company has been able to ensure that rents rose by only 2% from 1 January 2023 (1.9% 2022).

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Follow our policy: Go to the carnival!

As the students’ own housing company, AF Bostäder has a considerable responsibility to prudently manage its funds. In general, the company is restrained concerning sponsorship, but sees a great value in supporting the activities in student life and the Lund Carnival in particular. The sense of community in Lund’s student life is unique in Sweden, and the investments help to strengthen Lund as a university city.

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Outdoor gym and parcel drop boxes broaden range of services

AF Bostäder constantly looks for solutions to improve the housing experience and the range of services for tenants. Through cooperation with various partners, the company can find good ideas for services that suit the students. It is a customer group with certain specific conditions and interests – they work from home and rarely use a car.

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Wishlist became fine outdoor environment

When the outdoor environment at Ulrikedal was to be revamped, the students were invited to express their wishes – with fantastic results! Ulrikedal has become a verdant place for games, sport and socialising.

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Continued initiatives for mental health

An increasing number of students are affected by mental health problems. AF Bostäder has run the Help information project since 2019 to help more people get the right support. The initiatives continued in 2021 with education, lectures and film production, as well as preventive leisure activities, which have rapidly become popular.

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Sponsorship with an emphasis on student life

As the students’ own housing company, AF Bostäder has a great responsibility to carefully manage the foundation’s funds. In general, the company is restrained regarding sponsorship, but contributes every year to events and activities that are significant for student life.