On May 10th, 1896, Högskole- och Akademi-Förbundet was founded in Stockholm at Norra Realläroverket’s auditorium. In the first statues, adopted in autumn 1896, the association’s aim was phrased as such:

”Förbundets ändamål är att för befrämjande af gemensamma intressen sammansluta studerande vid Stockholms högskolor och akademier och särskildt att verka för intresset för kulturella frågor samt bereda tillfälle för dess medlemmar att under kamratlig sammanvaro i någon mån tillfredsställa sina estätiska behof.”


1905 Stockholms studentkår is established
Stockholms studentkår was made up of Stockholms Högskolas Studentförening (est 1883), Farmaceutiska Institutets Elevkår (est 1905), Medicinska Föreningen (est 1877), Odontologiska Föreningen (est 1888), Tekniska Högskolans Elevkår (est 1901), Skogsinstitutets Elevkår (est 1905) and Veterinärelevföreningen (est 1868).

1911 Stockholms studentkår is re-established as Stockholms Förenade Studentkårer (SFS)

1921 Sveriges Förenade Studentkårer is established to enable Swedish participation in the meetings arranged by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE).

1924 Stockholms Förenade Studentkårer is re-established as Stockholms Studentkårer

1928 Stockholms Studentkårer joins the board of Stiftelsen Studenthemmet i Stockholm

1934 On Noember 1st SSCO establishes Stockholms Studentkårers Hälsovårdsbyrå (SSHB)

1937 Stockholms Studenters Idrottsförening (SSIF) is established

1953 Stockholms Studentkårer arrange Quarnevalen for the first time

1958 Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder (SSSB) is established

1959 Stockholms Studentkårer changes its name to Stockholms studentkårers centralorganisation (SSCO)

1959 On March 17th, SSCO call for government authorities and media to attend an information meeting about the housing problems experienced by Stockholm students and present the Katastrofplanen (the disaster plan)

1960 SSHB establishes a dental practice for students

1967 SSCO hand over Quarnevalen to Tekniska Högskolans Studentkår (THS)

1967–68 SSCO award scholarships to 94 medical sutdents at the Makerere University College in Uganda through the subsidiary body the Swedish Students International Assistence Fund (SSIAF).

1968 The union building occupation takes place between May 24th and 27th to protest against the Swedish Higher Education Authority’s working group for fixed courses of study (UKAS)

1970 SSCO establishes the Stockholm Student Reception Service (SSRS) – hotel operations for international students during the summers. During the early 1980’s luxury hotels such as Stockholm Plaza, Hotel Savoy in Malmö, Hotel Continental and Stora hotellet in Örebro developed and SSRS was transformed into SSRS Holding AB, with SSSB as the sole shareholder

1977 SSCO establishe Stiftelsen Frescati Stora Skuggan (now Stiftelsen Aktiverum) together with Stockholm University

1982 SSHB changes its name to Studenthälsan i Stockholm and focuses more on preventative healthcare and social welfare activites

1984 SSSB sell SSRS Holding AB

1993 SSCO hand over Studenthälsan i Stockholm to Stockhol university universitet.

1998 Studentpalatset opens

1999 SSCO establish Studentjuristerna and offer legal advice to students

2002 SSCO hand out the award The Friend of Stockholm’s Students for the first time

2007 SSCO push through a student discount Stockholms Lokaltrafik (SL)

2003 The Sveriges Storstadsstudentkårers Samarbetsorgans Samarbetsorgan (6S) network is established 

2011 SSCO establish the subletting intermediary agency Akademisk kvart for students in Stockholm

2013-17 SSCO participates in the project Sthlm6000+ with the aim to build 6,000 student accommodations between 2013 and 2017

2020 For the first time in the organization’s history, SSCO’s member unions adopt three political programs: Housing politics, finance politics and higher education politics 


Student i Stockholm

This book is United Students in Stockholm’s memorial publication ahead of the organization’s 100 year anniversary, and describes SSCO’s development throughout these years: from party planner to running an organization including both students housing situation as well as welfare issues and other common interersts.


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