Containers proposed as student housing solution

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.

Containers proposed as student housing solution
Container City in London may have been an inspiration

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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Swedish star Lykke Li sells her bohemian chic Stockholm apartment: in pictures

Swedish indie electro pop singer Lykke Li is selling her bohemian chic Stockholm apartment. Step inside to see what a celebrity home looks like in Sweden.

Swedish star Lykke Li sells her bohemian chic Stockholm apartment: in pictures
Lykke Li. Photo: Per Larsson/TT

Singer-songwriter Lykke Li,  whose full name is Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, is one of Sweden's most famous pop exports with albums 'Youth Novels', 'Wounded Rhymes' and 'I Never Learn'.

Currently based in Los Angeles, she formed the band Liv in 2016, a supergroup consisting of her, Andrew Wyatt, Pontus Winnberg, Björn Yttling and Jeff Bhasker. They released their third single, 'Heaven', in June this year.

The Swedish star's Stockholm bostadsrätt (a type of co-operative home ownership common in Sweden) in the Zinkensdamm area of trendy hipster island Södermalm is now on the market via property agents ESNY, for 3,990,000 kronor (almost $500,000), or 99,750 kronor per square metre.

Described as “Söder bohemian chic,” the two-room apartment measures 40 square metres and is on the top floor of a four-storey building (there is no elevator) built in the late 19th century.

Apartment prices in Stockholm have gone up in recent years, and some experts have warned the capital could be at risk of a housing bubble. The average price of a bostadsrätt in the Södermalm area in the past 12 months was 89,177 kronor per square metre, which is still far less than in many other capital cities.

IN PICTURES: Click here to step inside Lykke Li's Stockholm apartment

The view from the balcony. Photo: Jesper Florbrant/ESNY