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.

Lund University has 40 000 students divided between Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. In Lund there is student housing for approximately 10 000 people. AF Bostäder owns properties offering just over 6 000 of these places and the student nations own 1 700. The rest are offered by the university and a number of small actors. On the open market there are rented properties, cooperative society properties and rooms in private homes.
“AF Bostäder is the students’ own housing company”, says Henrik Krantz, CEO at AF Bostäder. “We develop student-adapted housing that is allocated fairly in an open queue system. The nations focus strongly on the social side and therefore give precedence to those who are involved in nation life. In the open market for rented property, the waiting list time can be 5 to 10 years, which requires a place in the queue long before the studies start. Some students buy housing through cooperative societies and share the rent payments with lodgers. The students are creative and there are many solutions.”

To understand how the students move within the market, AF Bostäder carries out regular market surveys in cooperation with Lunicore. The surveys describe the students as a heterogenous group with varied interests and differing wishes regarding housing.

“New students prefer to apply to AF Bostäder or a nation”, says Henrik Krantz. “Many thrive on a corridor and live there throughout their period of studies, whereas others start on a corridor or at a nation and then move to their own and perhaps larger housing. During 3 to 5 years of studies, life and needs may change several times, not least because of changes in relationships, which is one reason why we offer flexible housing for friends for 1 to 3 people.”

“For us, it is important to know how many people who live in other ways would rather have moved into student housing, if it was possible”, says Henrik Krantz. “Price and location are obviously crucial factors, but price is not always the most important aspect. As an example, our newest area, Marathon, is highly sought-after for its location, its design and its adaptation for students, even though there is more inexpensive housing on the market.”

Seen in terms of the students’ wishes, Lund has a shortfall in student housing of approximately 2 000 to 3 000 places. At the same time, there are plans to build new student housing that will offer 2 000 places in Lund and AF Bostäder will account for half of that total.

“In our sustainable activities goals, we state that AF Bostäder is to increase its property portfolio by providing new housing for 1 000 students between 2020 and 2024”, states Henrik Krantz. “It is a balanced goal which is based on demand, other actors’ initiatives and our own capacity. Going forward, we are planning for one new construction start per year, a good building rate in terms of resources and a suitable tempo for increasing our know-how.”

Higher education institutions in smaller places can market themselves by offering housing guarantees, which appeals to one category of students. However, an important question for most students is “Where is the best student life?”

“That’s why Lund is always highly sought-after. Those people who apply here are, of course, attracted by the high quality of one of the world’s best universities, but equally appealing is the sense of community among the students. Lund has Sweden’s best student life with a brand that is well-known nationwide. Here, students become a part of the AF Family, which together with the nations and the student unions form the cooperative organisation Studentlund. Through Studentlund, students gain access to the whole of Lund’s student life in a single membership. There is no other place that can match it”, concludes Henrik Krantz.


Latest update April 14, 2020

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

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

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.

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!