About United Students of Stockholm
SSCO was founded in 1896 and is a member organisation for student unions in the Stockholm region. SSCO currently has around 40 member unions and through them represent over 90,000 students.
SSCO’s three main missions:
Politics and influence
SSCO continuously work towards municipalities, county councils and Parliament to improve the situation for Stockholm’s students and develop Stockholm as a place for education. Through raising student related questions with politicians and other decision makers, as well as working to ensure existing member organisations remain active, SSCO work to ensure long-term student influence in the region. To further promote actions to improve Stockholm as a student city, SSCO has since 2002 handed out The Friend of Stockholm’s Students award to organisations/companies/groups/people who all in some way have made efforts for Stockholm’s students and student unions.
- For SSCO to be the obvious voice in questions regarding students’ housing, finances and health in the Stockholm region
- For SSCO’s politics being developed by and established with the member unions
- There being good preconditions for being a student in Stockholm
Student welfare activity
SSCO has a wide and historical student welfare activity. In cooperation with Valborgsfamiljen and Klubbmästarrådet, our Masters of Ceremonies arrange Valborgspubrundan (Walpurgis pub crawl) on an annual basis since 1989, we arrange Stockholm’s students’ Walpurgis celebrations at Skansen since 1985, and we coordinate the joint standards of the Stockholm student unions at the Nobel Banquet on December 10th each year. In addition to this, we also offer support to our member unions and klubbmästerier through inclusive and safe student welfare spaces and events and co-host Stockholm förebygger alkohol- och drogproblem (STAD) and Ansvarsfull alkoholservering (AAS) together with the County Administrative Board, the Police Authority and Studenthälsan among others.
- For Stockholm to be seen as a leading and vibrant student city
- For Stockholm’s student life to be leading in questions regarding inclusive and inspiring venues
- That there is a good cooperation between student organizations and continuous exchanges between them
Student service & member support
SSCO provides a joint service for the students in the Stockholm region by way of for example student housing though Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder (SSSB) and the subletting intermediary agency Akademisk kvart. Akademisk kvart is open to all students in the Stockholm region to use, but to live and queue with SSSB you need to be a member of an SSCO-affiliated student union. We also hand out money to our member unions through the foundation SSSRSF and work for activity exchanges between our member unions.
- For all of SSCO’s member unions to be strong and self-governing organizations
- For all the students in Stockhoolm to be members of their student union
- For it to be easy for students to engage with SSCO and their student union
The Union Congress
The Union Congress (formerly the Council of Students) is SSCO’s highest governing body. It is mainly a body for general and strategic issues where deicisions are made regarding guidelines for the activity, statue changes, and financial frameworks, but also where elections are helt and membership issues are resolved.
The Union Congress is lead by the Union Congress president and meetings are held twice yearly: in autumn and in spring. At the spring congress meeting the elected representatives of the coming year of activity are chosen. After each year of activity the union congress review the board’s work and decides on freedom from liability.
Two delegates and two alternates from each member union are allowed to attend the Union Congress. The member unions then hold different numbers of mandates depending on how many members their union has.
Studentpalatset AB was a subsidiary of SSCO whose aim was to offer services to Stockholm’s student unions and their members by way of offering students a place to study at Studentpalatset by Odenplan.
Unfortunately the universities involved in the Studentpalatset collaboration decided in 2020 to withdraw their support, and we had to liquidate the company and close the doors to Studentpalatset for good in June 2021.
SSSRSF – Stiftelsen Stockhom Student Reception Service Fund
SSSRSF is a foundation through with SSCO on a biannual basis (odd years) hand out funds for projects and events that have the same aim as the foundation. The sum that can be handed out varies from year to year and is announced in conjunction with the start of the application period.
The Foundation’s aim
The Foundation shall have as its aim to within the Stockholm region handle reception and other services for students, taking special account of the needs of foreign students, and shall thereby provide the activities and service that may be considered justified with regards to the students’ social study situation.
Since the Foundation does not itself carry out such activities, it is possible to apply for funding for projects and events that act with the same aim as the Foundation. The selection of which projects will receive funding is decided through comparing the applications and the assessment will have a heavy focus on how much student benefit the contribution is deemed to generate.
How to apply:
The applications shall be sent to SSCO according to the application details published in conjunction with the start of the application period. Receipt of the application will be confirmed via e-mail. Thereafter an assessment of all the received applications and a decision on the allotment of the funds will be made by SSCO’s board. Notifications of allotment will be sent to the relevant parties and the funds will be paid. Finally, the person or persons in charge of the project shall send in a detailed description of what the money was used for to SSCO.
The application shall contain the following details:
- Contact person incl. phone number and address
- Description of the project/event
- Amount applied for
- Financial calculations for the project/event
- Account number
The applicant shall in the application pledge to, if the application is approved and funding is awarded, submit a report on how the funding was used and to repay the Foundation the grant after a decision by SSCO’s board if the board deems that:
- The funding has not been used in accordance with the approved application;
- The report has not been received within the prescribed time frame; or
- If the applicant in general has provided incorrect information relevant to the assessment of the application.
The Housing Committee
The Housing Committee handle applications and appeals from tenants and students queueing with Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder (SSSB).
All issues are currently delth with by e-mail and should be sent to: email@example.com. Please combine all your document into one PDF-document before you submit your application.
Any other contact with the Housing Committee is carried out via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. SSCO’s office cannot answer questions regarding the Housing Committee.
Nicke Grundberg’s memorial fund
Nicke Grundberg was chairman of SSCO during 2009/10. After a nine month long battle with cancer, Nicke passed away on December 27th, 2012, only 32 years old. To honor the memory of Nicke Grundberg, and his work for Stockholm as a knowledge region, SSCO started a memorial fund in his name.
The plan was that the money collected would be allocated through recurring scholorships or grants to persons or organisations acting in Nicke’s spirit. After some time, however, we realized that the fund did not have enough legal capital to work well as a fund and the Council of Students (now union congress) decided to liquidate the fund. Of the remaining capital, it was decided that 30,000 SEK should be donated to Cancerfonden and the rest should be moved over to SSCO’s other foundation – SSSRSF. These foundations’ aims were partly overlaping and in that way the money will still be able to fill a similar function as was originally intended when Nicke grundberg’s memorial fund was created.
External assignments and collaborations
SSSB – Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder
There are over 90,000 students in Stockholm but only just under 18,000 student accommodations.
SSCO is the governing body of Stiftelsen Stockholms studentbostäder (SSSB) which is the largest student housing company in Sweden with their nearly 8,000 student accommodations. SSCO does not however work directly with conveying housing. Instead, we continuously work towards national and regional decision makers, to improve the housing situation for students.
When compulsory student union membership laws were revoked on July 1st, 2010, SSSB’s queue rules also changed. The queue is now connected to your union membership. As a member of a student union affiliated with SSCO you have the right to queue and live in SSSB’s accommodations. You can join SSSB’s housing waiting-list before you have become a student union member, but your membership will be checked after 90 days so it is important that you join the union as soon as possible.
More information about the queue and rules can be found on SSSB’s website.
Studenthälsan i Stockholm
Studenthälsan (The student healthcare services) was initially founded by SSCO to combat tubercolosis among students in the 1930’s, and is a healtcare center for students – to complement general healthcare. You can turn to Studenthälsan with any health questions, regardless of whether they are related to your studies or not.
More information about how to contact Studenthälsan and which universities are affilliated can be found here.
They also offer drop-in consultations with a nurse at Studenthuset at Stockholm University.
Det akademiska rektorskonventet i Stockholm (the academic principals’ convention in Stockholm) can be seen as a forum for university principals and administrative directors where they meet twice per semester to discuss current issues. Principals and administrative directors from Stockholm University, Karolinska Institutet, KTH, SSE, Södertörn university and the art collages attend, as well as the administator for Stockholms Akademiska Forum. SSCO’s chairman is also represented at the meetings.
The meetings move between the universities and there is a rotating chairmanship. During the subsequent dinner the Governor and Financial City Commissioner usually appear.
STAF – Stockholms Akademiska Forum
Stockholms Akademiska Forum (STAF) is a cooperative body that gathers 18 universities and colleges as well as Stockholms stad. Their aim is to contribute to the success of society by cooperation, exchange of ideas, and learning. STAF also work with developing Stockholm’s profile as a national and international center. They therefore produce a number of products and arrange activities in connection with this.
Further information about STAF and which universities are affiliated can be found here.
6S – Sveriges Storstads Studentkårers Samarbetsorgan Samarbetsorgan
6S is a network where SSCO, Göteborgs förenade studentkårer (GFS) and Lunds universitets studentkårer (LUS) collaborate regarding regional conditions for students.
Mälardalsrådet (the Mälardal council) is a political cooperative body whose aim is to promote the development of the Stockholm-Mälar region. The council works for an internationally competitive and sustainable region. The Mälardal council’s purpose is to act as a forum where members can collaborate on strategic issues.
SSCO are represented during the annual meeting, Mälartinget. This is the council primary meeting space for greater regional collaboration.
More information about Mälarrådet and Mälartinget can be found here.
Sthlm6000+ was a city planning project aiming to increase the number of student accommodations in Stockholm by at least 6,000, to develop the student housing of the future, and to decrease the student housing queues. The project began in 2013 and ended in 2017. According to the final report, the project’s goals were to be met during 2018 – which also appears to have been the case. In 2012 there were approximately 12,000 student accommodations in the Stockholm region, and 2018 there were just below 18,000.
A variety of public and private actors were part of the project: municipalities, contruction companies, property companies, industry representatives, government authorities, universities and students. SSCO was one of these actors and represented the students of Stockholm.
More information about the project can be found here.
Levande Staden is a think tank whose aim is to provide information about what is needed to create creative, sustainable and attractive urban environments. The think tank is made up of organizations, networks, individuals and other actors related to urban planning issues.
Moe information about Levande Staden can be found here.
LOOK FOR HOUSING
Information and tips for students looking for housing in the Stockholm region can be found here.
Does your union want to apply for membership of SSCO? More information can be found here.
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