Studentbostäder i Växjö was established in 1999. The owners had identified a large and growing need for student residences at what was Växjö University College at that time. The institution had grown up from a subsidiary of Lund University and its student body numbered around 6,000 people. Even then, however, there was every intention to expand the operation. The local authority was also positively disposed towards an organisation looking to build student residences, although it was not prepared to release land on the campus area for the purpose. Stubor therefore began construction in the Hovshaga area, building around 100 residences there.
In 2001, the local authority made land on the campus area available, and a site leasehold agreement was signed. The first project on the site produced 400 residences, which were all let by the time the construction was completed. The university college, which had since become an actual university, was becoming increasingly successful in its efforts to recruit students. As a result, a waiting list for accommodation arose – and persists to this day.
When, towards the end of 2001, the local authority was battling hard to have the third police college in Sweden located in Växjö, Stubor was asked if it would like to build additional residences on a stretch of land next to the existing site. The company was more than willing to do so. This proved to be a trump card for the local authority to play in the negotiations for the police college – which it brought to a successful conclusion. Fully 240 new apartments were completed, ready for occupancy in January and September 2003. (Record time in Växjö.) Stubor provides accommodation for between 60 and 200 police cadets every year – a highly ambitious and conscientious group.
Building no. 7, which contains 100 apartments, was completed in 2004. The project once again featured an excellent working relationship with the local authority, which was in any case obliged to make accommodation available for the steadily increasing number of students attending the university.
In 2005, students were offered free IP telephony, which meant that they could make free phone calls from the land line in their apartment. This proved to be a great success, and the IP service was then sold off campus as well. (It means that subscribers have no need to pay the Telia subscription fee).
Work is still under way to trim energy consumption with regard to hot water, electricity and district heating. In spite of these efforts, costs continue to rise and as they are included in the monthly rent, it is in Stubor’s long-term interest to invest in this area. The alternative is to fit separate electricity and heating meters in every apartment, but this would shift the costs onto the residents.
In January 2008, Stubor finally acquired its building plots, and the site leasehold agreement expired. In recent years, Stubor has had the pleasure of increasingly providing accommodation for overseas students who come to Växjö to study. This takes place within the framework of an agreement with Växjö University/Linnæus University. Stubor calculates that it will be welcoming 470 overseas students in the academic year 2012–13. These students come to the city via the Erasmus programme and under the numerous bilateral agreements the university has signed with educational institutions worldwide. In this way, Stubor is supporting Linnæus University’s ongoing commitment to prioritising overseas partnership, and thus to making it possible for its own students to spend 6–12 months of study programme studying abroad.
Over the course of this year, a comprehensive programme is implemented with a view to creating an attractive outdoor environment, involving, for example, new outdoor areas close to the lake shore, with greater opportunities for experiencing the countryside close to the student accommodation. This work is carried out through a highly appreciated partnership with the local authority’s nature conservation supervisor.
Success for the new Linnæus University combined with a simultaneous peak in the number of students – due to development in demographics and market conditions – has inspired Stubor to provide newly arrived students with what are known as ‘student rooms’, i.e. simple accommodation with basic comforts at a significantly lower monthly rent. The idea is for these tenants to be offered priority options on standard apartments as and when vacancies arise.