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Inspiring the students – our greatest sustainability initiative

As developers of the built environment, AF Bostäder has a sustainability mission that is out of the ordinary – to inspire our young tenants to make more sustainable choices in life. They are our future.

AF Bostäder is to be Sweden’s best student housing company. To do that, we must have strong sustainability management. As the landlord for some of the world’s most important people – our students – good sustainability management is particularly important.

In our corridors are tomorrow’s researchers, leaders, authors, parents and politicians. They are the youth of today, but will become the next generation’s role models. Helping them to acquire a strong awareness of how we can achieve a sounder climate and an inclusive life, marked by diversity and gender equality, has a greater value than perhaps we can understand today.

What does sustainability mean for the student collective? For the students, sustainability is not a diffuse vision or a wish – it is self-evident. At the same time, our hopes for the future do not always practice what they preach. In many cases, they are not particularly sustainable at all. For example, not all of them throw their refuse and cigarette ends in the designated places, or sort their refuse.

Waste sorting stations are in place at all our housing areas, but when in 2018 we conducted an analysis of the tenants’ residual waste, up to 85% should have been in other categories – for recycling. A large proportion of this was food, which when correctly sorted could be converted into biogas. There is a lot to do on this!

At AF Bostäder, we focus on sustainability throughout our operations, and in many cases it involves offering our tenants options for making sustainable choices. For example, we not only have ambitious systems for waste handling in our areas, but also associated information campaigns. In 2018, we installed two laundry rooms at Vildanden, where the students can wash their clothes clean – completely without chemicals. We have also devoted energy to providing inspirational information on this project.

These measures are within the framework of our management activities, but we are prepared to go even further and get closer to our tenants in a way that exceeds other’s expectations. As we have the advantage of working in an independent organisation in which we can influence significant people, we will also take the opportunity to try to use that influence. We like to go the extra mile in order to provide inspiration for a sustainable life.

During 2018, we have sent out invitations for plogging, supported Lundapride and sponsored students to take part in the Lundaloppet fun run. That is just the start. If you live with us, you can reckon that we will get even more involved in future – for the sake of the future. If we can inspire greater awareness in a younger generation to make wiser choices, that, ultimately, is our most important sustainability initiative.


Latest update April 8, 2019

Newly renovated pink kitchen, seating, dining table and staircase in 50's style
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Sustainable and homely with a touch of the 1950s

The corridor accommodation at Tomegapsgården 15 was renovated during the summer of 2020. The theme throughout was to create a homely atmosphere, and with interior design in a 1950s style the corridor accommodation has been restored to its former glory.

The facades of Studentlyckan with colorful balconies in red, blue, green and yellow.
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Smooth path to newly renovated Studentlyckan

Studentlyckan, established in 1960, is one of AF Bostäder’s most popular housing areas. The area is pleasant with a park-like courtyard environment and well-known for its facades with tiling in different colours. Studentlyckan was designed by Hans Westman and is in easy walking distance of the centre.

Arial view over newly built quarters at Kämnärsrätten
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More green spaces for better management of urban runoff

When cities become denser, green spaces are usually sacrificed to make way for impervious surfaces, which increase the load on the urban runoff network. At Kämnärsrätten, AF Bostäder is doing the opposite. With more green spaces than previously, the area is equipped for future downpours.

Illustration of Hippocampus
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Hippocampus – a highpoint for 233 students

In a project lasting several years, AF Bostäder is transforming the old student housing quarter at Kämnärsrätten into a green and long-term sustainable city district. Hippocampus, a varied and pleasant quarter providing space for 233 Lund students, will be completed in 2021. Among other things, the area offers a height record and one of Lund’s highest vantage points.

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Together for sustainable development

AF Bostäder’s operations are reliant to a large extent on other companies and contractors – partners. A new Code of Conduct introduced in 2020 will therefore ensure that AF Bostäder and the company’s partners have similar sustainability ambitions. The Code of Conduct is based on cooperation, so that future sustainability procedures are developed and improved – together.

Two students and a cat in a sofa
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Radon measurements completed

To ensure the good quality of indoor air in student housing, AF Bostäder has carried out long-term measurements of radon in all residential properties.

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AF Bostäder’s plan: one new construction start per year

AF Bostäder will continue to develop it property portfolio in order to provide more student housing. Construction under our own management is the right way to go – it generates increased knowledge, better housing and city districts that are sustainable in the long term. AF Bostäder has an ambitious and balanced expansion goal. Going forward, there will be one new construction start per year

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StudBO19 highlighted the role of student housing in a city

StudBO, a conference and forum for all those involved in student housing in Sweden, is held every other year. In October 2019, the co-hosts were MKB and AF Bostäder. Approximately 250 participants from all over Sweden joined politicians, housing experts and inspirational speakers to talk about the significance of student housing for a city.

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Replumbing with customer focus

AF Bostäder is to renovate bathrooms and replace water pipes in 900 corridor rooms at Delphi. The challenge is to disturb the customers as little as possible.

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Campuskilen – an outdoor living room

AF Bostäder would like to encourage students (and others) to spend time outdoors. Now the company is rebuilding Kämnärsrätten in north Lund and also setting up Campuskilen – an activity thoroughfare with green spaces for exercise, studying and socialising. 

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Newly built housing proves popular when the future moves in

In 2019, AF Bostäder completed a record number of newly built housing places for students and all are now occupied and ready. Despite the high rate of construction, the focus is on sustainability. Here, students are going to be able to live, work and feel good for many years to come.

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Successful densification using 3D property division

In cooperation with Lund Municipality, AB Bostäder is building Sagoeken – a new quarter in Kämnärsrätten for both schoolchildren and students. The project has been enabled by 3-D property division.

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A boost for Vildanden’s outdoor environment

The outdoor environment at Vildanden has during the past year undergone extensive renovation. According to the customers' wishes, there are now new barbecue areas, new bicycle parking spaces and a boule court.

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New student housing – for a sustainable Lund

AF Bostäder is playing an increasingly important role as a developer of the city and its built environment, and is in a record-breaking period in terms of ongoing construction projects.

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The rejuvenation of Studentlyckan

Studentlyckan is getting new kitchens, a better indoor climate and new facades. Due to good planning and smart solutions, each apartment is renovated in just ten days, with minimum disruption.

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Strategic divestment of Vildanden’s family housing section

In the spring of 2017, AF Bostäder sold the family housing section of the Vildanden housing area, Vildandsvägen 2–32, to Heimstaden Bostads AB.

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AF Bostäder builds in collaboration – one for all, and all for the customer

To get better control of quality and costs in its construction projects, AF Bostäder has ended with traditional procurement. Instead, projects are designed, calculated and implemented with all the stakeholders.

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Student housing – an investment in the future

AF Bostäder is a creator of the built environment and wants to shape long-term sustainable city districts, where students and Lund residents can have a good future.

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Pipework replacement – one of AF Bostäder’s biggest challenges

Most of AF Bostäder’s properties were built during the Million Programme in the 1960s and 70s. We renovates the properties continuously in accordance with a long-term maintenance plan and a fixed annual budget.

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Small, space-efficient and shared by many

Newly-built, sustainable housing can vary widely. The basic factors för us are residential density, space efficiency, materials, sharing economies, high energy requirements and bicycle-friendly surroundings.

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Renovation of balconies and galleries at Ulrikedal

Between 2012 and 2017, all balconies and galleries at Ulrikedal were renovated as a part of our maintenance and renewal plan.

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Vegalyckan - a nice combination of housing and school!

In November 2015, AF Bostäder inaugurated Vegalyckan, a result of a cooperation with Lundafastigheter. Here, preschool and elementary school are combined with new housing for up to 172 students.

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Kämnärsrätten - a new district in Lund is formed

AF Bostäder aims to develop housing for another 1,250 students by 2021. Focus is on new construction and AF Bostäder is becoming increasingly important as a city developer.

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The four-leaf clover houses at Gylleholm gets a new life

At Gylleholm there are 48 1-room apartments housed in Hans Westman's famous fyrklöverhus (lously translated as "four-leaf cloverhouse") from 1966.