AF Bostäder has its own student housing ombudsman, nicknamed “Bomben” in Swedish. The ombudsman is responsible for student influence on housing matters.
The student housing ombudsman works full-time as the students’ elected representative, and is appointed annually by the Academic Society’s council.
“At AF Bostäder, the ombudsman is a member of the management team and the board,” says Sofia Mietzner, the student housing ombudsman from autumn 2017 to spring 2018. “It is my task to be the students’ voice at AF Bostäder, and to use my knowledge about student life to influence decisions and processes in accordance with the students’ needs and wishes. I also have a role in the student world, as I sit on the Academic Society’s presiding committee and board. There my task is to follow up and report on AF Bostäder’s work.”
At AF Bostäder, the ombudsman also sits on the company’s housing board, which deals with study compliance checks and deviations in the housing list system, such as exemptions, priority and suchlike.
“The tenants can also get in contact with me concerning issues outside the usual service matters,” says Sofia Mietzner. “It may concern social worries or that you want to suggest improvements. I also meet the students’ corridor contacts and welcome constructive proposals.”
“The job duties also include conducting your own development project. My predecessor engaged students to suggest improvements in AF Bostäder’s waste handling and recycling. During my term, I will focus on social life on the corridors – an idea hatched by one of our caretakers. The caretakers know the corridors well and see those that work fine and those that need a positive nudge. Living on a corridor provides opportunities to get to know new people and make friends for life. But there is also a risk that you can be alone in your room. I want to study the corridors that have a strong sense of community and apply those lessons to the other 25 %,” concludes Sofia Mietzner.