United students of Stockholm

SSSCO was founded in 1896 and is a member organization for student unions in the Stockholm region. SSCO currently has around 40 member unions and through them represent over 100,000 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.

Student welfare activity

SSCO has a wide and historical student welfare activity. Our masters of ceremonies are a part of the Nobel Banquet and students’ Walpurgis celebrations at Skansen. We do a lot more! Read more here

Student service and member support

SSCO provides a joint service for the students in the Stockholm region. For example student housing though Stockholms Studentbostäder (SSSB) and the subletting intermediary agency Akademisk kvart. We also hand out money to our member unions through SSSRSF and work for knowledge exchanges between our member unions.

Organization

Förbundskongressen

Förbundskongressen (f.d studentrådet) är SSCO:s högst beslutande organ. Det är huvudsakligen ett organ för övergripande och strategiska frågor där beslut tas gällande riktlinjer för verksamheten, stadgeändringar och ekonomiska ramar, men där det även förrättas val och beslutas om medlemsärenden.

Förbundskongressen leds av kongressordförande och hålls två gånger om året: höst- och vårsammanträdet. Vid vårens förbundskongress väljs nya förtroendevalda inför nästkommande verksamhetsår. Efter varje verksamhetsår granskar förbundskongressen styrelsens arbete och beslutar om ansvarsfrihet.

Vid förbundskongressen får två ombud och två suppleanter från varje medlemskår delta. Medlemskårerna har sedan olika många mandat baserat på hur många medlemmar deras kår har.

Studentpalatset

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.

 

SSSRSF – Stiftelsen Stockholm 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. 

Housing committee

The Housing Committee handle applications and appeals from tenants and students queueing with Stiftelsen Stockholms Studentbostäder (SSSB).

All issues are delth with by e-mail and should be sent to: information@sssb.se. 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: housingcommittee@ssco.se. SSCO’s office cannot answer questions regarding the Housing Committee.

Nicke Grundberg’s memorial fundNicke 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.

Other things we do

Stockholm's student friend

To encourage student engagement, SSCO has since 2002 awarded the award Stockholm’s student friend . The award is given to organizations or individuals who have all made contributions to Stockholm’s students.

Nobel banquet

SSCO has long collaborated with the Nobel Foundation in The Nobel festivities . We handle student representation, Nobelotteriet and have a dialogue with the afterparty Student’s Nobel NighCap

Stockholm's student budget

Every year, SSCO releases Stockholm’s student budget. The purpose is to highlight how expensive it is to live in Stockholm. In order to become a world-class knowledge region, Stockholm needs to do better.

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.

The student healthcare services

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.

Idag kan du vända dig till din studenthälsomottagning med alla hälsofrågor, oavsett om de rör dina studier eller inte. Read more about the student healthcare services and find your student healtcare service and find which student health clinic is connected to your university here .

Rektorskonventet

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.

Sthlm6000+

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.

History

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.”

Timeline

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