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.

In AF Bostäder, Lund’s students have their own housing company – a free and independent actor that is 100 % on the side of the students. AF Bostäder will continue to be Sweden’s best student housing company and continue to develop Lund as Sweden’s best student city.

Lund University was founded in 1666. When the Academic Society was established in 1830, it offered some 50 students food, lodgings, appropriate social events and healthy activities. Nowadays, its operations affect more or less all of the approximately 30 000 students in Lund.

“The AF Family is something unique in Swedish student life,” says Henrik Krantz, CEO of AF Bostäder. “It brings together all types of students. The AF Family consists of the Academic Society, the AF Building and AF Bostäder. Together with the student nations and student unions, we form the coordinating association, Studentlund.

The Academic Society is run by students, for students. Its activities include debates, media, music, student revues, literature, science and parties. The Academic Society’s council appoints most of the board members of AF Bostäder and the students’ own housing ombudsman.

Located in the middle of Lundagård, the AF Building is the obvious meeting point for the students. The AF Building is a limited company and houses the Academic Society’s activities as well as a café, party events and conferences.

The student nations run social life in parallel to studies. There is an opportunity to get involved in everything from nightclubs, pubs and bars to sports, student revues and festivities. The student unions are linked to their respective institutions, with a mission to monitor the quality of study programmes, organise career days and so on.

“Thanks to the AF Family, AF Bostäder has a greater insight into student life than any other actor in the student housing market,” says Henrik Krantz. “Using this knowledge, we have developed into a shaper of the built environment, developing long-term, sustainable city districts where students and Lund residents can have a good future. It is our mission to contribute to Lund’s development, strengthen Lund as a university city, and make studies accessible for as many people as possible.”

“Our student housing is among the least expensive in Sweden, the queue period is among the shortest in Sweden and the conditions are the same for everyone in the queue,” states Henrik Krantz. “We set no requirements regarding background, references or contacts. As long as you are studying at Lund University, are a member of Studentlund and fulfil our requirements relating to the pace of study, you are welcome to stay with us.”

In its role as the students’ own housing company, it is self-evident for AF Bostäder to be involved in Lund’s student life.

“There are many of us who share the responsibility of solving the student housing shortage in Lund,” states Henrik Krantz. “That’s why we are very willing to act as a sounding board on housing matters and construction processes, for example when student nations want to develop student housing. As a member of the sector organisation, Student Accommodation Association, we also pursue student housing issues nationally.”

AF Bostäder has been the principal sponsor of the Lund Carnival since 2014. In 2018, the company will support student fitness with an initiative focusing on the Lundaloppet fun run, in which 500 students jog under the AF Bostäder flag. AF Bostäder is also involved in the AF Building and therefore supports the AF Building’s rebuilding project plans for the next few years.

“The students are our employers. Safeguarding the strong connection with student life is a precondition for succeeding in our objectives. It is also in everyone’s interests that we help the students to develop Lund’s amazing student life. An investment in student life is an investment in the future,” concludes Henrik Krantz.


Latest update October 8, 2018
Henrik Krantz
CEO

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.

For students

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.  

For students

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

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.

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.

For students

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

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.

For students

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.

For students

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!