Annual report: Improved situation on the Swedish student housing market

A more balanced market and fewer cities with a shortage of student housing. That is the result of the 2018 annual market report of Swedish student housing. The report is produced by Studentbostadsföretagen – the Swedish association for student housing providers.
Every year Studentbostadsföretagen asks over 70 providers if there, over the whole academic year, is a shortage, balance or surplus of student housing in the cities where they operate. The result for 2018 shows a shortage in 12 cities and a surplus in two. 19 cities have balanced markets. This means there is still a shortage of student housing in many Swedish university cities. But it is not all blue, compared to 2017 there is a substantial improvement.
– For the first time since we started doing the report, the cities with a shortage are fewer than previous year. In many cases it is due to the rise of newly built student housing, increasing the availability for students, says Stina Olén, CEO of Studentbostadsföretagen.
In addition, operators in cities with a lack of student housing believe the general situation has improved. Many report shorter queues and less pressure on available student housing. In addition to this, operators in cities with a balanced market see no indications of change in the current situation.
– It is obvious that the increase of newly built student housing in Sweden the last couple of years has had effect. In order to keep up the pace, municipalities, universities and student housing providers must continue to work even better together. We also need governmental reforms to be able to build even more affordable student housing, adapted to the target group, says Stina Olén.
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