Containers proposed as student housing solution

Containers proposed as student housing solution
Container City in London may have been an inspiration
Officials in Stockholm have come up with a novel solution to address the student housing shortage afflicting university towns across the country: converting cargo containers into student residences.

The city of Stockholm intends to undertake two projects to create about 220 student apartments by stacking nine storeys of containers togeher, as well as building more floors on top of existing student residences at Gärdet in eastern Stockholm, newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) reported on Friday.

The proposal calls for building the first 50 homes near the Royal Institute of Technology’s (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) on Drottning Kristinas väg.

If all goes to according to plan, students could move into the dwellings as early as next autumn, DN reported.

Each container occupies 25 square metres and includes a bathroom and kitchenette. The building would also include a greenhouse on the roof.

At Gärdet’s Studentbacken, one idea is to build another two to three floors on the three eight-storey buildings that the Stockholm Student Housing Foundation (Stiftelsen Stockholms studentbostäder, SSSB) currently runs.

The proposed 220 new student apartments barely scratch the surface in terms of addressing the acute housing shortage for students in Stockholm. The average time students spend on SSSB’s wait list is 15 months.

“The situation has deteriorated drastically and the queuing time has gone through the roof. A few years ago, it was three months,” SSSB communications director Anders Cronqvist told DN.

Attempts by The Local to reach SSSB were unsuccessful.

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