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.

AF Bostäder is a foundation tasked to provide inexpensive and fit-for-purpose housing for students at Lund University. It is equally important that good student housing is provided.

“Student housing must be attractive, i.e. inexpensive, designed especially for students and have a good location,” says Henrik Krantz, CEO of AF Bostäder. “Those who invest in fast solutions lack an understanding of students as a customer group and ignore the value of the housing in attracting motivated people who want to study.”

AF Bostäder considers that its mission is to contribute to Lund’s development, strengthen the Lund brand as a university city, and create conditions so that as many people as possible can – and want to – study at Lund University.

“Access to higher education is crucial if Sweden is to continue to be a strong industrial nation,” states Henrik Krantz. “In the long term, good student housing means an increased power of attraction, better performance and ultimately a higher throughput at the university.”

AF Bostäder shapes city districts that unite student life and city life. A good example is the rebuilding of Kämnärsrätten. A primary school has been located in one of the areas and a large meeting place has been created for the renewed district, a green space with scope for activities. It is a place where tenants, friends, visitors and Lund residents can cycle, walk, take a break, hang out, sunbathe and socialise together.

“Those who want to have a living city with stable districts make the right decision by investing in students as a part of city planning,” says Henrik Krantz. “Students are young, active people with goals and ambitions – good role models. The positive force is constant, as there is always an inflow of new students. The students contribute to a livelier, more dynamic and safer city, and are an attractive target group for many businesses, which stimulates an increased range of services in the local area.”

As a foundation, AF Bostäder has a considerable responsibility to administer its assets with care and conduct thorough risk assessments. At the same time, the company must think and act with the market in mind.

“Having a market perspective is self-evident. We must give ourselves the opportunity to be able to start and drive initiatives, and to be a strong partner. A strong business gives us greater room for manoeuvre and action in the long term. As a foundation, we have no time horizon and there is no exit. As long as Lund University is here, we will be here continuing to act in the best interests of Lund as a student city,” concludes Henrik Krantz.

AF Bostäder's student housing

Latest update June 7, 2018

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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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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.

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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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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.