Dear Friend!The University has downplayed the growing student housing problem for decades; clearly the most reasonable solution now is for incoming students to move in with the staff! I especially like the line, "[m]any of them come from far away," implying that the problem is all of those foreign students flooding the University's enrollment. In reality, foreign admissions are down drastically this year, due to recently imposed tuition fees for non-EU students. What's more, housing for foreign students is a disaster every year; it's only now that Swedish students are unable to find housing that it is suddenly an "emergency situation."
This week we welcome new students to the University of Uppsala. High quality education and a unique student life makes Uppsala attractive - that is pleasing. But right now, in the beginning of the semester, we have an emergency situation where students have no accommodation. Many of them come from far away.
The University is working closely with Uppsala Student Union and the Municipality of Uppsala. Among other things, this has resulted in the hiring of a student housing coordinator at the Student Union, and the housing office service Studentboet. Together with other parties, we have also in recent years initiated the construction of student housing. There is more to be added.
I therefore appeal to you as a university employee. Do you have the opportunity to rent out a room or can you tip about some accommodation? Even short-term solutions could remedy the most urgent situation. In that case, please get in touch with the Student Union's emergency housing coordinator [redacted] on ******@us.uu.se or telephone 018-*** ** **!
It's a very strange experience, living in a country where I am part of the mass of the unwanted immigrants.
- The title 'rektor' is properly translated into English as 'Vice Chancellor' despite the fact that there is no 'Chancellor'—the Vice Chancellor is the head of the University. Historically, all Universities in Sweden were viewed as being a single organization, with the Chancellor (actually, the Archbishop of Sweden) at the top overseeing the whole. Each location was run by a deputy of the Chancellor; hence, Vice Chancellor. Today, the name remains, even though the top position has been gone for ages.
- See: pretty much any post on this blog from 2008.