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Subsidized student flats 'not the answer': minister

Subsidized student flats 'not the answer': minister

Published: 14 Aug 2012 11:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Aug 2012 11:29 GMT+02:00

With Stockholm's student housing crisis level at an all time high, the government is still unwilling to subsidize the building of thousands of new flats in the capital.

“There is a three year waiting time if one is to be considered for a flat or a room through us. This been that those who have been accepted in the summer will never be considered,” explained Chris Österlund, of the Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder – SSSB, the student housing foundation that owns many of the student apartments in the Stockholm area, to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

A record number of students have been accepted into Stockholm universities for the autumn semester this year, yet at the same time the student housing situation has never been so dire.

Österlund is now seeking government subsidies for the problem, claiming that there is a need for 20,000 student residences nationwide – 7,000 of which should be in the capital.

“If students can’t be offered any accommodation, they will find themselves somewhere else, maybe overseas. There is already a shortage of highly educated people and the problem will become even more serious,” she said.

However, housing minister Stefan Attefall says that subsidizing the building of new apartments is not necessarily the best answer.

“In the long run there is clearly a risk that work force recruitment will be influenced. It’s definitely serious,” he told SvD, adding that in the short term, uncertain living arrangements lead to poor academic performance.

However, Attefall said that the problem is highly prioritized by the government.

“We’re working flat out on this. But it’s a problem that has built up over 20-30 years. It’s not something a housing minister could solve on a coffee break,” he told the paper.

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12:47 August 14, 2012 by Abe L
It's the same attitude they have with infrastructure, the lack of roads has also been building up over 20-30 years and isn't being addressed so everything is just congesting silly everyday. If such problems have been build up over 30 years then it's time to make changes that facilitate a solution in less then 3.

At the end of the day it just boils down to money and these things should get far more priority. Ideally they find a solution that cleans out some of the more ghetto areas that force welfare recipients elsewhere and as a result create more student housing and livable areas for the working population. Win-Win.
13:38 August 14, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
Privatize housing! I will buy some flats and rent them out if I am allowed to but no, instead I will spend millions of kr and have rental restrictions. Thus people wait 18 years to get a flat to rent. Government is inefficient, always has been, and now the students have to pay for it.
15:23 August 14, 2012 by Acta
20-30 years!!!, give it to a China builders company, and they will make it in 2-3 years. This buildings may not last for 100 years, but who knows? Do you know, why the great wall of china becomes one of the 7th wonder? Because, it is still standing....
16:20 August 14, 2012 by Just_Kidding
search youtube for China building 15 days. Off course doing so is impossible in Soviet Sverige.
17:12 August 14, 2012 by Gretchen
Agree with you bourgeoisieboheme, you have not enough if the state tries to do the planning - am just remembering th queues for everything in Eastern Germany. Privatisation is the key. That would also mean that - just like in other countries - students could organise shared accomodation much better (and legally).
18:39 August 14, 2012 by Borilla
Perhaps if a few million of the kronor spent on the bureaucrats' parties were spent on student housing, or housing in general or medical care there would be some small easing of the problems. Maybe the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research could discuss it at their next party at city hall.
08:20 August 15, 2012 by becksoz1
There is another option, continue living with your parents, and go to a university that is within travelling distance. Why should someone else pay your bill??

Expecting the government to build you a home for whilst you are studying, and then also possibly build you a home when you are working is an unrealistic option.

Perhaps students would like to consider other countries, where you also pay for each of your degrees? This also weeds out those professional students that go from degree to degree.
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