On December 5th, 2019, SSCO’s (Stockholm’s student union central organisation) board has taken on a new rental model for Akademisk kvart. The model will enter into force on February 1st, 2020.

The new rental model entails changes to the maximum rent per month for accommodation advertised on Akademisk kvart. This is an important step towards adjusting students’ housing costs, usually their largest expense by far, to their general economy. The new maximum rents are based on percentages of CSN (student aid), and has been determined by the SSCO board.

The reasoning behind the decision is that students are particularly affected by the rising prices on the housing market, while their income is not increasing at the corresponding rate and is generally lower than most households. Akademisk kvart works on the premise that a full-time student should not have to work alongside the studies, and therefore, uses the maximum income of CSN (student aid) as ground for assessing accommodation rental levels. Even though students are entitled to housing allowances in theory, they are seldomly granted such allowances. Due to this, the work on the new rental model has not taken housing allowances into account either.

The rental model also contains an established routine about how and when the maximum rents are to be adjusted in the future. The adjustments will, just as now, be based on the CSN (student aid).

New rents
The new maximum rents are:
Accomodation                           % of CSN          Maximum rent
Lodger/live in (shared)            33                        3 900 kr
Small 1 room apartment        40                        4 700 kr
Big 1 room apartment             45                        5 300 kr
2 room apartment                     70                        8 300 kr
3 room apartment                     85                        10 000 kr
4 room apartment                     120                     14 200 kr
5 room apartment                     160                     19 000 kr

The new rental model will enter into force on February 1st, 2020. This means that all ads that are registered after January 31st, 2020, will have to comply with the new maximum rent levels. Ads that are registered up until January 31st, 2020, may apply the old maximum rents. Starting March 1st, 2020, all active ads with the old maximum rents will be taken down for manual adjustments of the rent.

Questions are answered by:
Hugo Thorén, vice president of SSCO
Email: vordf@ssco.se
Telephone: 070 – 899 77 14

Akademisk kvart
Email: info@akademiskkvart.se
Telephone: 08 – 674 76 66, phone hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.