Helsinki 2019



Reinventing Student Housing
May 7th – 9th, 2019

In May 2019 the NSBO Conference in Helsinki took place. The theme was Reinventing Student Housing and focused on new values connected to student housing. What place does student housing have today in the city and what role does it play in higher education and the changing needs of the students?




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Tuesday May 7th

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Welcome reception
In the evening before the conference we invite everyone to a mingle at a welcome reception in Restaurant Metso in Otaniemi campus. Drinks and some light food will be served.


Wednesday May 8th

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The Finnish student housing market
We start the conference by turning focus to our host country and their student housing market. We learn more about the role of student housing for Finnish higher education, urban development and society in large.


Titta Hiltunen Member of the Board, Social policy (student finances, housing, environmental affairs), development cooperation, National Union of University Students in Finland
Supporting students is the raison d’etre of student housing. Board member Titta Hiltunen from the National Union of University Students in Finland will discuss the role of student housing from a student’s perspective as well as its societal importance.

Kimmo Tiilikainen Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing
Minister Tiilikainen has been in charge of housing in the Finnish Government since 2015. During his term, the Finnish building code has been reformed and in the reformed code, student housing construction has been supported by reducing unnecessary regulations on accessibility and dwelling size. Minister Tiilikainen will describe how the Finnish state supports student housing construction.

Lauri Lehtoruusu – Representative, SOA – The Finnish Association of Student Housing Organisations
Although Nordic student housing shares many similarities, each country also has its unique characteristics. Lauri Lehtoruusu will give a brief introduction on how the Finnish student housing market is structured and how Finnish students’ living compares to other European countries.


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Learning in student housing
Susanna Graziano, International Relations Manager, Camplus
The connection between education and housing is becoming more and more important. The learning factor is moving from providing a good study environment to becoming a prominent characteristic of student housing. For example by moving active learning into the accommodation. The backbone of Camplus, an Italian/European provider of student housing, is to offer housing where students have plenty of opportunities to develop as individuals and future professionals. In Helsinki, Susanna describes how Camplus, as a growing European student housing actor, thinks and works with learning in student housing. She will also give a brief outline of the Italian student housing context.


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Contemporary co-living
Kristján Eggertsson, Architect, KRADS
In western societies the idea of one’s “home” has gone through substantial changes in recent years. The nuclear family has become less prevalent, alternative family forms have become more common and with the rise of the sharing economy new ways of building communities emerge. Many students demand shared accommodation, but discard the common student dorm. In his talk Kristján discusses these changes and their implications for the broader urban environment and living patterns.


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Follow-up session: Learning in student housing and co-living
For our follow-up sessions you have the choice to learn more about either Learning in student housing or Contemporary co-living. A panel first discuss the topic from different perspectives and then we continue with group discussions among the participants. This is an opportunity to learn more about the topic that interests you the most.


Learning in student housing
In-depth conversations about student housing as a factor for successful learning and the role of student housing when education becomes digital.

Panel participants:

  • Susanna Graziano, International Relations Manager, Camplus
  • Susanne Malmgren, Student Housing, Akademiska Hus
  • Mervi Huhtelin, Senior Specialist, University Properties of Finland
  • Suvi Vendelin, Board member, National Union of University Students in Finland


Contemporary co-living
In-depth conversations about different types of co-living, the mix between private and common spaces and benefits of building community in student housing.

Panel participants:

  • Kristján Eggertsson, Architect, KRADS
  • Elina Eskelä, Planner, City of Helsinki Executive Office and Ph.D., Urban geography
  • Zachery Spire, Head of Research and training, The Class of 2020
  • Henrik Milan, student, Aalto University and resident of Joutomiehet (shared living in Otaniemi Campus)


Practical information:
All participants choose their follow-up session in advance. A selection form will be sent out to all participants ahead of the conference.


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Community and well being in shared accommodation
Inger Lise Kastås, Student Housing Welfare Officer, Sit
Student housing is an arena for both social integration and preventing social challenges. When a large number of people live together it’s important to have good physical and practical solutions, as well as a plan for a structured follow-up of shared spaces. Sit (Studentsamskipnaden i Gjøvik, Ålesund og Trondheim) is one of the largest student welfare organizations in Norway and has for many years built shared apartments, rather than individual studios. In Helsinki, Inger Lise from Sit will elaborate on why they focus on co-living and how they organize the students through cross-disciplinary cooperation. She will also offer insights into how they accommodate student involvement and the advantages of cooperation between various actors in Trondheim.


Boat sightseeing and dinner at Sveaborg
We get the opportunity to see Helsinki from another perspective when we travel through its archipelago on our way to the evening dinner at restaurant Walhalla. The restaurant is located in Sveaborg, a sea fortress dating back to the 18th century.

Practical information:
The boat leaves 18.00 from Helsinki market square. Please be there 10-15 minutes in advance.


Thursday May 9th

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Study visits: Student housing Helsinki
We dedicate half a day to study visits in the Helsinki area. Choose between two different tours:

Tour 1: Social student living
This tour focus on different types of places for students to live, meet and socialize. The first stop is Generations Block, a new housing site where students, families and elders live under one roof. We then continue to Otaniemi Campus, the campus of the Aalto university. Here we visit a few different sites – housing, learning and social spaces.

Tour 2: Rethinking existing buildings
This tour takes us to two current renovation projects by Hoas, Finland’s largest student housing operator. The first stop is a disused early 2000’s office building which is being transformed into communal housing with mini-studios and large shared spaces. The second stop is shared apartments transformed into studios in a 1970’s building. Here you will be able to see both the starting point and the completed make-over.

Practical information:
All participants choose a study visit tour in advance. A selection form will be sent out to all participants ahead of the conference. All tours leave from Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, Helsinki – the same place as the conference. 


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Nordic highlights + workshop
The Nordic Highlights shows different student housing projects from Nordic student housing operators. During the conference in Helsinki we integrate the highlights with a workshop involving all participants. Highlights from Sweden, Denmark and Iceland will be presented.