It is time to upgrade the AF Borgen building – the heart of Lund’s student life!

After many years of increasing activities in AF Borgen, it is now time for much longed-for and locally financed rebuilding work. AF Bostäder, of course, is involved and one of the financiers.

Being a student is so much more than reading your books and taking exams. That is why student life is an important parameter when students choose where they are going to study. Lund has a strong position in competition with other university cities.

“Without doubt, Lund has Sweden’s best student life,” says Henrik Krantz, CEO of AF Bostäder. “Here, there is a choice and sense of togetherness that the other universities find difficult to match. In Lund, the students have AF Family, a unique trinity that unites students from all departments and specialisations with each other.”

AF Family consists of Akademiska föreningen (the Academic Society), AF Borgen and AF Bostäder, which together with the student nations and student unions form the collaboration known as Studentlund. The Academic Society has 11 different committees that run activities in everything from sport and media to clothes services, writing circles and stage performances – all started by students for students. The AF Borgen building houses the Academic Society’s activities as well as a café, festive events, conferences and much more.

“AF Bostäder is the students’ own housing company,” says Henrik Krantz. “We have a long relationship with the Academic Society, which gives Lund students a strong housing organisation that always puts their needs first.”

The AF Borgen building opened in 1851 and since then has acted as an epicentre for student life and activities. The building has also become a significant arena for Lund’s business sector and cultural life. The halls and stages are much talked about and written about, and many visitors take away unforgettable memories from here.

“AF Borgen is at the heart of Lund’s student life – an obvious meeting place for Lund’s students, for our tenants and for all others who can share in the great range of activities that AF Borgen has to offer,” says Henrik Krantz. “AF Borgen’s importance cannot be overestimated, which is clear from the great support the imminent rebuilding work has received.”

“In recent years, usage of AF Borgen has doubled – hundreds of thousands of people use the building each year,” says Stina Åkesson, CEO of AF Borgen. “The need for modernisation and an improvement of the flow in the premises has become increasingly evident. Now, a more extensive rebuilding and renovation project will result in new facilities such as a performance venue with capacity for 130 people, new steps for the entrance, an outdoor area facing Lundagård, better logistics and, not least, a facelift for the main hall. Overall, AF Borgen will be a better and more functional meeting place.”

“The rebuilding work will cost approximately SEK 80 million and can be carried out thanks to local donations from Alfa Laval, the Crafoord Foundation, Grenspecialisten, Lund University, Sparbanken Skåne through the Finn Sparbank Foundation, Caroline and Paul Sverdrup, Tetra Laval and AF Bostäder,” says Stina Åkesson. Furniture and stage equipment are to be financed through a fundraising campaign: #backaborgen.

“We are pleased and proud to support the renovation of AF Borgen, and we are excitedly looking forward to following the transformation. The students are our clients, AF Family is our most important collaborative body and it’s our shared task to contribute to the development of Lund. We want to strengthen the Lund brand as Sweden’s leading university city and ensure that as many people as possible want to study at Lund University. An investment in student life is also an investment in the future of AF Bostäder,” concludes Henrik Krantz.

Latest update April 15, 2019

For students

The Marathon marathon becomes a new Lund-style tradition

In September 2019, the newly built Marathon housing area was inaugurated with its very own race. The Marathon marathon is Lund-style marathon of 42 195 decimetres with a finish line at Athen in the AF Borgen building. The first race was organised in cooperation with LUGI Motion.

For students

Students and caretakers fix social spaces

Every year, AF Bostäder strives to improve its customer satisfaction rating. A common wish from the students is more space for studies, activities and getting together. Now, AF Bostäder is focusing on providing more social spaces. In a collaboration between students and caretakers, nicely furnished spaces are emerging, intended for, among other things, lounge socialising, table tennis and studying.

For students

Lund offers Sweden’s best student life

AF Bostäder continuously monitors the student housing market in order to maintain a balanced rate of expansion. There are many actors involved and the student housing market is steered by supply, demand and the customers’ wishes. Lund attracts many people with its good housing and one of the world’s best universities. The sense of community in Studentlund – Sweden’s best student life – is equally important.

For students

All-inclusive debuts at Studentlyckan

Broadband, heating and water are already included in AF Bostäder’s rents. Including electricity as well is both on the students’ wish list – and advantageous. Now the switch is being made, one area at a time, and Studentlyckan has become the first area where green electricity is included.

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Better information on mental health problems

Mental health problems are increasing among students. For this reason, AF Bostäder has started an information project called "Help". The aim is to provide both staff and students with more information on mental health and better tools for helping those who are affected.

For students

New rent-setting model for fair rents 

AF Bostäder has developed a new rent model based on the customers’ appraisals of their housing. The switch to the new rents began in 2019, after an agreement with the Swedish Union of Tenants (Hyresgästföreningen) and will take several years to complete. Due to a sensitive approach and thorough preparations, the change can be implemented with no hassle for customers.  

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Ten years of certification gives our customers security

AF Bostäder started to certificate its contractors in 2008, in order to give students the calmest possible environment for studying in their homes and better conditions for the contractors.

For students

Beloved corridor?

Most corridors tenants really enjoy corridor life, but new students would prefer to live in apartments – if they had the choice. AF Bostäder is testing new ways to increase the feeling of home on corridors.

For students

Corridor life with an international touch

Lund University has a relatively high proportion of international students. One-fifth of AF Bostäder’s tenants come from other countries and the international students like to live – and thrive – on corridors.

For students

Proud sponsor of Lundapride!

Everyone is to feel equally welcome at AF Bostäder. The company has a clear position concerning everybody’s equal value and rights, and therefore participates in Lundapride.

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500 students were invited to take part in Lundaloppet

AF Bostäder would like to play a part in reducing sedentary time and spreading the joys of exercise. In May, a total of 500 students were invited to take part in the Lundaloppet fun run with AF Bostäder.

For students

New maintenance plan focuses on customer satisfaction

AF Bostäder has a new maintenance plan to be used to predict, simulate, cost-calculate and plan forthcoming maintenance. Most important – carrying out the projects with retained customer satisfaction.

For students

Lund – Sweden’s best student city

The AF Family and Studentlund offer student life that is unique in Sweden. The strong relationship with student life is a success factor and the sense of commitment is considerable.

For students

How rents are set

The rents are set in two stages. The first consideration is that rental income is to cover AF Bostäder’s costs. The second consideration is how the costs are to be divided between the individual properties.

For students

Clean, tidy and secure!

For many of the students, their AF Bostäder apartment is the first home of their own. Feeling secure is crucial for the experience of student housing – and a top priority for AF Bostäder.

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The student housing ombudsman – the students’ voice at AF Bostäder

AF Bostäder has its own student housing ombudsman, nicknamed “Bomben” in Swedish. The ombudsman is responsible for student influence on housing matters.

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The AF family stands for the best student life in Sweden

What is best for the students is the best for Lund. The students are our client and by continuing to strengthen our relationship with the AF family and Studentlund, we can continue to deliver good products and services.

For students

Everyone is equal on our housing list

To be eligible for our housing list, you have to be admitted at Lund University, and study actively (and preferably diligently). The annual study checks release a large number of housing places to active students.

For students

Carnival's main sponsor - a company in the middle of student life

In 2014, AF Bostäder received the honor of standing behind the carnival in the role of main sponsor. A pure pleasure for a housing company in the middle of student life.

For students

New improved waste sorting in the corridors

Since 2005, AF Bostäder has been running the project Clean and Tidy - an ambitious effort to keep the well-being of the tenants in corridor housing at a top level.

For students

New website for super-mobile customers

We are something of a pioneer regarding housing rentals online and for many years the company’s rental activities and range of services has been close to 100 % digital. In 2015, the website received a welcome boost.

For students

The customer system: our design, tailored for students

Every year, the tenants change at 3 000 apartments and corridor rooms. Such major and intensive administration requires the market’s best technology in order to offer the students the best possible service.

For students

7 500 tenants got the world’s fastest broadband

One important reason why students like to live in AF Bostäder housing is the high-quality IT infrastructure that has been in place for many years. That is why in 2013 we started to offer 1 Gbit per second – at no extra cost!