On Klintbacken, just five minutes by bike from the Luleå University and ten minutes from the center of Luleå grows two new towers up. This is the place for a brand new student area for the students who come to Luleå University of Technology.
The housing shortage is a persistent problem in the country's university towns. Although it stopped the construction of student apartments up almost entirely of last year in Sweden. According to Statistics Sweden was completed in only 122 of them throughout 2010. Now Lindbäcks Porsön AB alone, is buidning more than that - 130 new apartments on Mjölkuddsbergets slope for students at Luleå University of Technology.
In late October, the first stage is finished and in December, total - 130 apartments - occupancy only, for students.
- This is a very important issue. The accommodation can be directly decisive for the selection of campus, says Nils Viklund, chairman of Teknologkåren.
The choice to place the student apartments at Klint slope means that the student housing cis situated loser to the center of Luleå. It is part of a strategy LTU, Luleå and student unions have. LTU and Lulea center will grow closer together.
- This is a trend that we have longed for, says Karl Petersen, Mayor (S) in Lulea.
Stefan Lindbäck, CEO of Lindbäcks Construction reveals also that Klintbacken may be envisaged for a further 130 apartments already in a year. That means a total of 260 student apartments on Klintbacken. This is the new attractive campus of LTU students.
- Local plan allows three houses on Klintbackenbut we have applied for change of zoning so it can be a total of four houses on the hill Klint said Stefan Lindbäck.
Headmaster John Sterte says that, for those e who choose to study at a specific university housing and the city center is often as important as the choice of university. There are unions in the LTU which has been a driving force so that the solution for Klintbacken could be completed quickly and smoothly.
- I'm pleased that we now build 130 student flats at Klintbacken and in a year's time perhaps another 130, says Johan Sterte, Headmaster at LTU.
Lindbäcks Porsön AB already owns hundreds of apartments at Porsön north of Luleå University of Technology. The news of Lindbäcks Porsön AB is now in the position of Klintbacken. The 130 new student apartments will consist of ten two-room and the rest one-room apartment, and about the location:
-We are building on the hillside to Mjölkuddsberget explains Gosta Lindbäck, President Lindbäcks properties.
For the student who will study at the Lulea University of Technology in the fall, it is important to be out well in advance and arrange accommodation. The pressure of students wanting to study at LTU is the highest in several years and many students are therefore competing about the homes. Even in autumn, LTU will subsidize housing in a hostel as a temporary solution for homeless expectant students. Student Association also hopes that individual Luleåbor should like to rent out vacant apartments or an extra room.