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Bring Christmas Home

Bring Christmas Home

Happy second advent! Last week Esset published an article on things you can do around Stockholm. However, for those who enjoy a more cozy indoor Christmas, fear not! Esset is here with some life hacks to bring Christmas to you! Now, your home can smell, feel, and look like Christmas. Extra tip: Do these activities while enjoying the best Christmas drink Sweden offers: ZEUNERTS Julmust and have a Christmas playlist playing simultaneously. Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas This lifehack can replace scented candles for you. Candles usually have a container made of glass or metal that will later be thrown away; with this lifehack, you reduce that waste. It’s also cheaper than buying a scented candle. Ingredients: Orange Cloves Cinnamon sticks Water Equipment: Cutting board Knife Saucepan Steps: Fill ¾ of the saucepan with water and put it on medium heat. Cut the oranges into circular slices. Place the oranges around the saucepan. Add some cloves and a couple of cinnamon sticks. Once the water is boiling lower to the lowest heat, let the scent fill your home. After about 1 hour, turn off your stove. Environment-Friendly Gift Wrapping This is the hack where you save money. Most of us constantly get complimentary newspapers we did not ask for in the mail. It’s time to start saving those up. There’s no need to spend money on wrapping paper that will be ripped off and thrown away. This lifehack is suitable for both your wallet and the environment. Equipment: Newspaper Ribbon (or anything else you want to decorate your gift with) Gift Steps: This step is significant. Check what’s on the newspaper page you have selected. You can’t wrap your gift with bad news. Remember, “wrapping paper” is the first thing your friend or family member experiences when opening your gift. Once you've picked your newspaper page, you bring your gift and wrap it. I love writing cards, so I like to have a pocket in my wrapping. To learn how to do this, you can follow this tutorial I found. Finally, you decorate your gift with ribbons, stickers, flowers, or any other decoration of your choosing and leave them under the tree.
P.S. That’s totally not vodka in the bottle-shaped gift. Easiest Gingerbread Cookies Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread cookies! These gingerbread cookies are easy and quick to make, and you can even add almonds, which you don’t usually get with store-bought ones. The process of baking your own cookies is fun but as a KTH student, who really has the time? With this particular trick, you don’t need to find much time at all. Ingredients: Gingerbread dough Almond flakes (if you want) Equipment: Baking tray Baking paper Rolling pin (or a cup) Knife Cutting board Steps: Slice the dough into thin pieces. Cover a baking tray with baking paper and place the slices in rows. Optional step: Add almond flakes to some of your cookies if you would like. Roll your cookies with a rolling pin. If you do not have a rolling pin, put some oil on a cup and use it as a rolling pin. This way, you flatten your cookies and even stick the almond flakes into those you added them to. It works almost as effectively. Place the baking tray in the oven. It is vital to keep an eye on the cookies as they bake very quickly. (My own turned out slightly burnt even though I followed the 6 minutes instructions on the dough). Once your cookies are baked, take the tray out. Then leave it in the air for the cookies to harden. Fragrant Orange-Clove Pomanders This is your multipurpose Christmas hack. A treat for your eyes and your nose! They smell like Christmas and serve very well as a table decoration. Ingredients: Orange Cloves Potato peeler (if you want) Steps: Optional step: Peel a pattern on your orange. If you have peeled the oranges, follow the pattern with the cloves sticking them into the oranges one by one. If not, then directly stick the cloves in a pattern of your own choosing. Put the oranges in a fruit bowl or plate and have them out as table decoration. Lights This season is quite dark in Sweden; therefore, lighting is of the utmost importance. A Christmas tree I'd recommend is a mini one. Links to where you can buy a mini tree and decorations under 150 SEK are written below. The steps here are elementary. Equipment: Lights Batteries and/or outlets Steps: Add batteries to the lighting that needs it. Hang up lighting. Plug-in lighting and let there be light. If you want to go that extra mile, there is an extra step if you are willing to spend approximately 125 SEK, that is. A tree, a top star, 1.5m light string, and ball ornaments are linked here. Many of the items exist in different colors; what has been linked are the typical Christmas colors (green tree and red and gold ornaments). The tree shown below is decorated with the same items, only in different colors. Shakar Garmeny

Esset besöker Campus Albano

Esset besöker Campus Albano

Det kan föga undgått många att Akademiska Hus håller på att bygga Campus Albano någonstans mellan KTH och SU, men vad som kommer finnas där och hur ser det ut i nuläget är det få som har kännedom om. För att ta reda på vad som händer här och vad vi kan se fram emot i framtiden har Esset fått en guidad visning av Sara Tyberg från Akademiska Hus för att visa upp det som byggts och svara på alla tänkbara frågor om området. Först och främst kan vi fråga oss var ligger ens Albano. Albano ligger i ett förlovat land norr om M-huset, på gränsen mellan KTH och SU, där Akademiska Hus just nu uppför ett nytt campus som ska bli en plats för studenter från både KTH och SU. För att ta sig till Albano måste ni ta er över Roslagsbanans spår och följa ruddammsvägen till sin ände. Albano ligger lite väl långt från L-huset men promenaden var värt mödan. Väl där visade sig en imponerande syn över den stora byggarbetsplatsen. Vi inser i efterhand att buss 50 hade kunnat ta oss direkt till Albano. Vi mötte upp Sara vid Roslagsvägen. Hon visade upp det som byggts närmast vägen. Det är Hus 2 och Hus 4 som står färdiga nu och tillhör SU. Campus Albano har många gröna lösningar och i planeringen av projektet har de tänkt på att få in ett resilience-tänk i området. Utanför husen håller en häftig dagvattendamm på att byggas. Mitt i dammen anläggs en stenö som kommer att vara uppvärmd i ena delen. Detta är tänkt att vara ett konstverk utöver sin funktion som dagvattendamm och ska visa hur ett varmare klimat påverkar växtligheten. Henrik och Sara tittar på visionsskissen för dagvattendammen. Nästa stop på rundvandringen tog oss till en estetiskt tilltalande trappa. Det gråa husen tillhör SU och trappan leder upp till student- och forskarbostäderna samt den gatan som anlagts ovanpå Värtabanan. Här på Albanovägen ligger områdets kommersiella hjärta med en Pressbyrå och Stockholms första “kiosk med ett gott samvete”. Efter studenthusen går vi ut på de gröna taken. Att komma dit är enkelt, taken ligger i nivå med torget ovanför trappan. Så de blir en förlängning av torget och de har en viktig roll för att stärka spridningszonen genom området. Sara berättade att den terrasserade formen av husen i Albano kommer av att området är begränsade i många dimensioner. Albano ligger inklämd mellan Roslagsvägen, Roslagsbanan och Värtabanan och dessutom innebär dess läge i nationalstadsparken att husen inte får synas för mycket eller påverka existerande gröna korridorer. Den spännande arkitektoniska stilen kan beskrivas som resultatet av ett optimeringsproblem med en flerdimensionell integralkalkyl som maximerar byggnadernas bruttototalarea under dessa förutsättningar. Vad det ska betyda är att begränsningar föder kreativa lösningar och i detta fall blev resultatet ett spännande och estetiskt intressant campusområde. Kalle och Sara pratar om Albanos gröna tak, troligen Efter det gröna taket visar Sara oss insidan av Hus 4. Vi går in genom den nya restaurangen, som är kvällsöppen och har en bar! Den ansluter till den stora ljushallen. Till vår stora förvåning finner vi studieplatser i högklass. Det här är bättre än U, tänker vi och känner för första gången i våra liv avund för något SU har. För att lugna oss berättar Sara om Albanos vision, det är tänkt att vara öppet för både KTH och SU studenter. Henrik testar att hans kort funkar i Albano medan han inombords är grön av avund. Det gör det! Vi fortsätter in i hus 4 och vidare till hus 2. Vi passerar fler studieplatser av den högsta kvalitén, några solstolar med parasoll och en trappa som är utformad som en bergsvägg. Med avundsjukan på topp går vi mot KTHs del av Albano. Med trä, betong och gyllene ljus levererar KTH, tyvärr är detta bara för forskning. Men med fönster längs hela vägen blir lab verksamheten öppen för allmänheten. Av vad Sara berättar för oss verkar det inte heller som att KTH kommer ha några studie och utbildningsplatser. Istället står SU för nya studieplatser och undervisningssalar. Men det finns fortfarande planerade kvarter i området som inte fått en bestämd användning än. Henrik och Sara dömer en betongvägg. För mycket betong konstaterar de. Platsen för nya Coffice. Förhoppningsvis heter det Albeano™ Vad KTHs byggnad faktiskt kommer ha är nog det viktigaste en student kan behöva, en ny Coffice. Esset kan bekräfta att Coffice Albano (Albeano™) kommer öppna efter nyåret i hörnet av hus 3. Om det inte är värt ett besök finns det nog inget som kan övertyga er. Nya Campus Albano sett från insidan av Alba Nova Sista stoppet på rundvandringen är det färdigställda bostadskvarteret. Utsidan håller hög nivå och innergården är häftig. Allt som allt kommer cirka 1000 nya student- och forskarlägenheter att byggas i området. Allt byggs av Svenska Bostäder, vilket betyder att om ni är sugna på att flytta hit är det läge att kolla bostadsförmedlingen. För att sammanfatta Campus Albano märks det vid första anblick att detta ställe har en distinkt stil och många innovativa lösningar. Ett besök här är lite att bli frälst i vad det kan betyda att plugga på ett universitet i teknologins framkant. Den farhågan vi har är att det ligger lite för långt bort för att kunna bli den här länken mellan KTH och SU. Vi på Esset lämnar er med en uppmaning, nästa gång du förgäves letar lediga platser i U, våga ta klivet ut i det okända och vandra till Albano. Henrik Bergström Fotograf, Skribent Kalle Mårtensson Fotograf

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the Christmas carols claim. In Sweden however, that is just a factual statement. You may have noticed Christmas decorations in stores since the end of September, so you can be sure that this holiday is taken seriously here. The Grinch would not be very jolly about this, so grab your favorite who from Whoville and enjoy these activities with them this holiday season! Christmas Lighting Here in Sweden, we get very few hours of daylight around this time of year. It’s wonderful nonetheless, thanks to a couple of vitamin D tablets and a lot of beautiful Christmas lights around the city. Every year 40 locations in Stockholm are decorated with beautiful reindeer, mistletoe, angels, and lighted Christmas trees. The full list of decorated areas can be found here, and a map of them can be downloaded here in both English and Swedish. Christmas Market A Christmas Market is an absolute must around the holidays. It is a highly valued tradition where everyone is welcome. At these markets, you can buy a plethora of items such as candies, sausages & venison, crafts, mulled wine, cotton candy, ceramics, and much much more. If you have been missing your Christmas spirit this holiday season, you can take a trip to these markets and be sure to find it. Here are some Christmas markets: Stortorget (open daily between 11 AM - 6 PM, 20th - November - 23rd December) A Christmas market in Stockholm’s Old Town’s heart of hearts. It started in 1807, which makes it Stockholm’s oldest Christmas market. ABF-huset Entry floor , Sveavägen 41 (open 10AM - 4PM, 4th - 5th December) where you can buy nice Christmas presents and at the same time support organizations and companies that work to make the world fairer. Skansen (open 10 AM - 4 PM, 26th November - 19th December)
Skansen has an entry fee. If you go to Skansen you might as well go on the 11th or 12th of December when they have their Lucia celebrations. More information about Skansen’s prices can be found in the Lucia section of the article. Drottningholms slott (open 10AM - 5PM, 10AM - 4PM on Sundays, 4th - 5th December)
Where you can also find “Teaterboden - Unique shop in an 18th-century environment” which has lots of decorations and Christmas presents for all ages and in all price ranges. Tessinparken (open 10 AM - 3 PM, 4th December, and 11th December)
This is a Christmas farmers market with locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meat, and cheese, there will also be crafts available, made from leather and wool. Nynäshamns Fiskehamn, (open 11AM - 4PM, 4th - 5th December)
This last one is an honorable mention due to how far it is from the city, the Christmas market in Nynäshamn Living Advent Calendar The citizens of Stockholm have taken advent calendars one step further with the Living Advent Calendar. Each day of December leading up to Christmas, a window somewhere in Stockholm's Old Town will open at 6:15 PM (on Christmas Eve, it opens at 11:30 AM) and one or more heads (attached to an entertainer, don’t worry) will pop out and offer 15 minutes of delight. To find out where these will be each day you follow the addresses and map here. Lucia Lucia may be an Italian saint, but Swedes have claimed her as one of their own. The celebrations on 13th December commemorate Lucia of Syracuse, who according to legend brought food and aid to Christians hiding in the Roman catacombs, wearing a candle-lit wreath on her head to light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible. Before the calendar reform, the celebrations were on the shortest day of the year. Here at the S-Chapter our choir, l’Sqling, traditionally have their Lucia concert. l’Sqling includes many international students who sing in Swedish, English, and sometimes other languages as well. This year it will be on the 9th of December at 6 PM in L1 (address: Brinellvägen 1). The concert is followed by this year’s Christmas pub. You can enjoy a very Swedish tradition with the THS choir, Osqstämman, a full Lucia train with traditional Swedish songs. Afterward, they will continue with a concert as international as their choir. This year it will be on the 17th December at 7 PM in Markuskyrkan (Malmövägen 51). Their information can be found on their Facebook event. Between 10th and 13th December, there are several shows for the Lucia celebrations at S:t Jacobs Church (Västra Trädgårdsgatan 2). Ticket prices start from SEK 72 for students under 25 years old and vary depending on the seats. Tickets for this Lucia concert are found here. The Lucia celebration is one of the highlights of winter, and an ancient tradition. The first Lucia train at Skansen was held as early as 1893. Student entrance tickets for a visit from 26 November - 31 December 2021 cost SEK 200. Lucia on the Sollidenscenen
Saturday 11 December at 4 PM Lucia concerts in Seglora church
Saturday 11 December Stockholm University Choir
Choir Sunday 12 December Kong. Teknolog Choir
Both days are at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 2:30 PM. Lucia as in the 1920s in Ordenshuset Brofästet
Saturday 11 December and Sunday 12 December.
Both days at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM. Lucia train at Skansen
On Monday 13 December, the park will be gilded by a walking Lucia train from Sollentuna Music Classes. They are on-site throughout the day. It’s worth mentioning that student admission tickets for a visit on Christmas Eve 24th December 2021 cost SEK 80 You don’t get to enjoy the Lucia celebrations but you get to see Skansen for a lot cheaper. Tickets can be found here. Last, but not least, Lucia in S:t Clara Church (Klara Östra kyrkogata 7-9) on 12th December 4 PM and 6 PM as well as on 13th December 6 PM and 8 PM, the church holds a free first come first serve Lucia concert. They open the doors 20 minutes before the show. You can donate to charity there which will be used for those in need in Stockholm. For those of you who cannot go, they will broadcast the concert on Monday 13 Dec at 18.00 via Facebook. Ice skating in Kungsträdgården How about a magical ice skating evening? Skating in a beautifully decorated area, gracefully under the moonlight, since it’s always night, it for sure seems like a scene from the fairytales (or wobbling unbelievably ungracefully if you are anything like me). The current ice rink has been in place since 1962. You can rent skates until one hour before closing time, and helmets are included in the price. Music plays as you glide across the ice, creating a wonderful ambiance. Opening hours for skate rental: Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 8 PM Saturday – Sunday 10 AM to 8 PM The ice rink closes at 9 PM Prices Skate rental, 1 hour Adults SEK 70 Children/youth up to and including 19 years SEK 30 Other prices Grinding of own skates SEK 100 Padlock SEK 30 Socks SEK 150 Shakar Garmeny

Chapter Meeting 3 Recap

Chapter Meeting 3 Recap

After a year long hiatus on physical chapter meetings, chapter meeting 3 finally set off in Nymble’s Nya matsalen. With only 83 members present, this was quite a small meeting with a relatively small number of first year students, perhaps due to the low competition for the usually very popular position of DKP, responsible for the reception of the year ones. Read the meeting documents here The general mood during the chapter meeting. The meeting started as usual with information from the chapter board. President Oskar Sundström began to speak about the operational plan with a mid-year follow-up. He continued with informing about the work of the board with one of the main points of interest being the resignation of SNO, the chair of the study board, Andreas Karlsson. He is replaced by Linnea Holmsten. A topic that has been on the table since the start of the semester is also a proposal from KTH about reorganizing chapter halls and storage spaces, Oskar informs that the board will work actively to keep OaSen and is collaborating with KVSIF, the chapter’s student farce in their discussion with KTH. The board has also started working on a mentorship program, pairing students with members of the alumni association Donorden. Next up, vice president Elin Lindgren spoke about a change that was decided on during the summer to increase the budget for the DKP reception. Usually this decision is up to the chapter meetings, but this has not been possible due to the summer break according to Elin. THS representative to the S-chapter, Ossian Ahlkvist was up next and gave the meeting participants information from THS, highlighting that it is possible to sign up to the digital work fair Armada and that new members of the management team will be chosen soon. Secretary Naima Ozims took the stage to present a proposition to amend the statutes and add another role in the chapter board, a treasurer. The idea is to reduce the vice president's workload, and that this is a first step in making the work of the board more strategic. Questions were raised as to whether the treasurer should be elected during a week-long election period together with the president and vice president but the board wants this change to take place before next year and therefore proposed that this be changed at a later stage. The meeting passed the proposition which will be discussed at the next meeting as well, a requirement for changing the statutes. Vice president Elin Lindgren presented the board’s second proposition about a change in budget of the year to allow for the purchasing of a new car. In addition to this, they proposed a budget increase for the Don gasque and the Qlenod group’s budget for representation. This proposition was also passed. Three motions were also submitted before the meeting. The first came from the Jubilee committee, asking for a budget for decorations and representation costs. The second motion was presented by a group of members who wanted to start a kubb association with the plan of organizing two events per year. The board was very positive but suggested some changes in order to harmonize the role with all other associations. Both these motions were approved by the meeting without discussion. The third motion was submitted by some previous members to reintroduce the budget for graduation parties. The motion was however submitted by a person who is no longer a member and questions were raised whether or not the motion can be taken up. This point was postponed until the end of the meeting where it was finally passed. After these propositions and motions were treated, it was time for a change in meeting presidents and Klara Marntell took over, introducing a new type of efficiency to the meeting. The nomination committee presented themselves and their policy for interviews and nominations. Alice Ceberg was confirmed as president of the committee. After a pizza break, at 19.15 it was time for the elections, usually the main attraction of the meeting. The Ambassadeur group, responsible for the master reception was unfortunately left completely empty and the board was thereby given the mandate to fill the vacancies. Next up was the election of DKP, usually the hottest election of the year, but this time there were just five candidates for the five positions. The method of election for DKP was a highly discussed topic following a chapter meeting in February where the nomination committee at the time proposed a change which was passed with small margins against the will of the current DKP. Previously, the five members were chosen at once and roles determined afterwards but after this change one candidate is now elected at a time for each specific position. For the position of head of events and PR, there were two candidates but only one showed up. Eventually, Ellinor Wardman was elected. For head of logistics there was one candidate, Ludvig Lidström, who was also elected. The role for president and head of HR had a candidate who presented himself, but questions arose as to whether the candidate had the time and commitment needed for the role. The meeting thereafter decided to not elect anyone to this position. Next up was the election of head of Economy where Love Alsenius was elected. The position for head of corporate relations was after this left without candidates but another member, Vanessa Chu, presented herself as a candidate and was thereafter elected. All in all, four persons were elected and one position was left vacant, an unprecedented result compared to recent years. The elected members of DKP: Ellinor Wardman, Ludvig Lidström, Love Alsenius and Vanessa Chu As the election of DKP finished, a noticeable number of members had left the meeting but there were two regular points left. Naima Ozims, secretary of the board presented herself as a candidate for president and Alice Gardby, a member of the nomination committee, as a vice president. Both of these positions are to be chosen from a week long election period during week no. 47 on Canvas. Candidates for President and Vice president respectively: Naima Ozims, Alice Gardby. After the presentations wrapped up, the motion about budget for graduation parties was revisited and passed as earlier explained. The meeting was then finally finished to the relief of many, even the board which had already started placing back the furniture in the room. Kalle Mårtensson Milton Larsson Shakar Garmeny The next chapter meeting will take place on the 8:th of December at 17:00 in Stora Gasque of Nymble.

How Does a Chapter Meeting Work?

How Does a Chapter Meeting Work?

The time has come again, the day that the entire S-Chapter had been waiting for - the chapter meeting. Important positions are chosen, while food from the chapter's event manager is eaten while drinking copious amounts of coffee. But if you’re a new student you’re probably wondering: what exactly is a chapter meeting? What will happen? From chapter meeting 3 last year. The same article was published in Swedish last year, and can be found here. A chapter meeting is a place where the chapter members have the opportunity to practice the best thing there is - democracy. This is where the most important decisions are made within the chapter, and this is also where we get to hear all the gossip about what the board has had to do since the last chapter meeting. We get to know candidates for the positions that will later be elected, and approve or reject motions regarding memos or budget changes. A memo - what’s that?? It is simply the chapter's governing document, where all the rules about how the chapter's board and functionary groups are to be managed, as well as their corresponding obligations. Do you want to know more about what a group's task is? Then you can find the memo on the chapter Canvas page. During the year, four-chapter meetings are held, one in each block. The first in the academic year is SM 3, which is held after the first block’s exam period. Confused? No wonder. This is because the Chapter's operating year extends between 1 January - 31 December, while the academic year runs between August - June. But how is the whole event organized, and what are we going to do? Well, the whole meeting begins with the election of the meeting chairman and secretary for the meeting to be democratically managed. Then typical meeting things are done; the previous minutes are reviewed, the board talks about its work and all other formalities one can think of going through. After the board has had its say, the motions in question must be voted on. When the meeting has approved (or not approved) the motions, it is time for the most exciting (and sometimes most lengthy) part: the election of functionaries. Here, the candidates can explain why you should choose them, and then the most popular candidates are elected for the position in question. But here it can get even more exciting! Because during the selection of the official positions, you can also apply spontaneously for all positions. Have you forgotten to apply but really want to? Then just prepare a speech (or not) and show up ready for the spontaneous application at the meeting. During SM 3, the candidates for the position of President and Vice president of the Board will also be presented, but these will not be elected during the meeting. So, what do you need to think about before? It is good to note that specifically SM 3 can drag on for a longer period of time due to its immense importance and the many issues to be voted on. Therefore, you can best prepare yourself by dressing warmly and bringing a lot of good snacks to munch on! For future chapter meetings, this is not as relevant as they usually take less time, but for SM 3 it is best to prepare yourself for a few hours of intense discussions. In addition, it is always good to have read through the election documents (where the candidates' motivations are) and the agenda to simply know what you are voting for! You will find these on the chapter's Canvas page. With that said, we warmly welcome you to the next chapter meeting and hope that you will appreciate it as much as we do! Saga Ugarph Writer Shakar Garmeny Translation The meeting will take place in Nymble on the 3rd of November at 5 pm. Of course, Esset will be on-site and live-reporting from the meeting via Instagram. There will also be interviews with some candidates and meeting participants. So make sure you do not miss anything important and follow the development of the events!

Restriktionerna är borta – vad händer nu?

Restriktionerna är borta – vad händer nu?

Den 29 september inleddes steg 4 av Sveriges plan för avveckling av pandemirestriktioner, vilket i princip innebär att livet nu kan återgå till det normala. Många har säkert njutit av att kunna gå på klubb eller andra evenemang obehindrat igen de senaste veckorna – ett kosläpp, som en Uppsalastudent uttryckte det. Men innebär slopandet av restriktionerna även att undervisningen återgår till det normala? Ända sedan Corona blev en grej i början av 2020 har man kunnat följa uppdateringar kring KTH:s hantering på intranätet. I den senaste ändringen från den 17 september kan man läsa om vilka omställningar som planeras med anledning av regeringens besked. Först och främst kommer pandemianpassningar av lokalerna – exempelvis ändrad möblering, plexiglas och “Håll avstånd!”-klistermärken – successivt att plockas bort. Du som läser detta har säkerligen redan märkt av flera av dessa förändringar vid det här laget. Det finns heller inte några formella hinder kvar mot att bedriva undervisning på plats igen. Av praktiska skäl rekommenderas dock inga sådana förändringar under de sista veckorna av period 1, utan det blir efter tentaperioden. Men bara för att det är teoretiskt möjligt för all undervisning att ske på plats igen, behöver det inte nödvändigtvis bli så från och med period 2. På ovan nämnda sida heter det att “Undervisning och examination där studenters lärande och möjlighet att nå kursers lärandemål som gynnas, eller kan genomföras lika väl, av att genomföras i den digitala miljön, fortsätter att genomföras digitalt. Resterande undervisning och examination genomförs på campus.” En naturlig följdfråga när man läser denna vaga formulering är vad det innebär i praktiken. Vilka utbildningsmoment är det som gynnas av att genomföras i den digitala miljön? KTH har under pandemins gång utvecklat tre möjliga scenarier – låg, mellan och hög – för hur undervisningen ska bedrivas beroende på hur smittspridningen ser ut i samhället. Sedan höstterminens start befinner vi oss i scenariot “låg”, vilket bland annat innebär att: laborationer, fältmätningar och liknande får genomföras utan begränsningar salstentor får genomföras utan begränsningar det finns inga särskilda begränsningar för vilken undervisning som får bedrivas på plats När det gäller just “vanlig” undervisning (föreläsningar och övningar) gör KTH skillnad på moment som har tydligt behov av fysisk samvaro och moment som inte har det. I scenarierna “medel” och “hög” får undervisning utan behov av fysisk samvaro inte genomföras på plats, men just nu finns det alltså inga sådana begränsningar. Undervisningsmoment som har ett tydligt behov av fysisk samvaro är sådana där det finns ett stort behov av interaktion mellan lärare och studenter som är svår att återskapa digitalt. Moment som inte kräver fysisk närvaro är sådana där denna typ av interaktioner inte är lika viktiga. Vilka undervisningsmoment som hör till vilken kategori framgår inte tydligt av policyn, utan formuleringarna är rätt luddiga. Detta är säkerligen med flit, eftersom alla kurser är olika, vilket gör det svårt att bestämma regler som passar överallt. Men det vore ändå intressant att veta hur policyn är tänkt att tillämpas. Bakom scenariobeskrivningen för pandemihantering står en grupp som kallas för Grundutbildningsutskottet. Denna grupp leds av vicerektor Leif Kari, och består förutom honom av respektive grundutbildningsansvarig på KTH:s fem skolor samt två representanter från THS. En av dessa är Amanda Andrén, som är chef för utbildningsinflytande på THS. Hon meddelar i en skriftlig kommentar att det är upp till den lärare som är kursansvarig att avgöra vilka utbildningsmoment som har tydligt behov av fysisk närvaro respektive gynnas av att genomföras digitalt. I praktiken innebär det att övningar ska genomföras på plats, medan föreläsningar även i fortsättningen kan genomföras digitalt om läraren vill det. Hon tillägger dock att många lärare har saknat fysiska föreläsningar, och att det därför är troligt att många kurser hålls helt på campus under nästa period. Esset har även sökt Grundutbildningsutskottets ordförande Leif Kari för en kommentar. Efter att ha läst policyn för pandemihantering får man intrycket att KTH inte har speciellt bråttom att återvända till hur undervisningen såg ut innan pandemin. På samma sätt som att arbetssättet förändrats permanent i många branscher under det senaste året, kommer utbildningen framöver också att se annorlunda ut. I verksamhetsplanen för 2021 står det exempelvis “Under det gångna året har det tagits stora steg att digitalisera såväl utbildning som forskningsverksamhet. Hela KTH har på mycket kort tid genomfört ett stort omställningsarbete från campusbaserad utbildning till digital utbildning. Erfarenheterna från denna utveckling måste tillvaratas i såväl arbetet med pedagogisk kompetensutveckling som i utformningen av vilket verksamhetsstöd som digital undervisning och examination kräver.” Förändringen mot en mer digital utbildning beror dock inte enbart på pandemin, utan är en del av KTH:s utvecklingsplan för perioden 2018–2023. Man vill vara ledande inom digitalisering av utbildning och forskning, och ska satsa mycket på att genom e-lärande förändra pedagogik och genomförande av utbildning. Ett annat styrdokument för utveckling är Vision 2027. Där står det bland annat att det virtuella campuset ska vara lika betydelsefullt som det fysiska. Hur ska man då tolka allt detta? Digitalisering av samhället är en stark trend idag, och KTH är definitivt inget undantag. Pandemin fungerade som en katalysator för den utveckling som beskrivs i de ovan nämnda planerna, och visade att andra undervisningsformer är fullt möjliga. För studenterna har det funnits både för- och nackdelar. Många har säkert uppskattat att slippa pendla långa sträckor varje dag, men samtidigt har minskade sociala kontakter och ökad psykisk ohälsa varit stora problem. Det är uppenbart att digitaliseringen erbjuder många möjligheter, men kvaliteten på utbildningen måste alltid prioriteras högst. Andreas Håård Skribent

Samhällsbyggnad KTH – början på ett nytt kapitel i mitt liv

Samhällsbyggnad KTH – början på ett nytt kapitel i mitt liv

Bildkälla: smottagning.com Klockan är strax innan nio på morgonen måndagen den 16 augusti. Det här är inte vilken måndag som helst, utan början på ett nytt kapitel i mitt liv. När jag kliver på sista rulltrappan upp från tunnelbanan känner jag hur det pirrar i magen. Väl uppe möts jag av ljudet från kanske fem olika högtalare som skränar olika låtar samtidigt. Jag passerar alla möjliga dansande gäng i olika utstyrslar som glatt hojtar “HEJSAN NOLLAN!”, och följer ledet av folk med samhällsbyggnadsskyltar i gröna ovvar tills jag kommer fram till en park full av massa främmande och förväntansfulla ansikten. Spola fram några timmar och jag går under det stora tegelvalvet och ut genom grindarna bort mot KTH-entré där min nya nollegrupp väntar. Med välkomstbrevet från uppropet i handen känns det nu officiellt. Jag ska plugga samhällsbyggnad på KTH. Mina förväntningar är enorma. Vad kommer min nollegrupp tycka om mig? Kommer jag få några nya kompisar? Vi börjar morgonen med intromatte. Det var länge sedan jag läste matte på den här nivån, så det känns lite nervöst, men jag är jag både taggad och väl utrustad. Jag sätter mig vid ett bord i mitten av klassrummet och plockar fram mitt splitternya anteckningsblock från KFS, min penna från ELU, samt mina hemmaodlade morot- och gurka-stavar och en burk gräddfil. Man kan inte räkna matte på tom mage, som min mamma Bea Krem (född Nääs) alltid sa. Första timmen känns det bra, vi har en pedagogisk lärare som förklarar hur man löser problem som innehåller absolutbelopp. Andra timmen blir det svårare, nu ska vi lösa uppgifter själva och jag får flera gånger be min bordsgranne om hjälp för att förstå. Efter ett tag tröttnar jag på matten och ägnar istället de sista 20 minuterna till att knapra på morötter. Resten av förmiddagen är fullspäckad av aktiviteter på campus och mattestunden på morgonen glöms snabbt bort. Eftermiddagens fältövning tar oss vidare bortom KTH-hallen och in i Lill-Jansskogen. Aktiviteterna och vädret tar på krafterna men när energin är låg öppnar jag min magiska ryggsäck och plockar fram gurka och sour-cream chips och alla som vill får ta av. Bildkälla: smottagning.com Efter en intensiv och rolig (om än blöt) dag i fält så belönas vi med en mysig gasque under partytält där det serveras tacos. Här får jag återigen applicera mamma Beas husmorsknep. Jag trollar fram en flaska Korean BBQ-sås från Caj P. som gifter sig med vegofärs som smör på en macka. Ljudet av snapsvisor, prat och gyckel studsar mellan tältväggarna och ut på fältet där dimman ligger tung. När kvällen lider mot sitt slut tar jag tuben hem till HägerstenSåsen. Klockan börjar nu närma sig tre på morgonen och jag samlar mina sista krafter för att förbereda mig inför morgondagen. Jag lägger fram nya kläder och – viktigast av allt – min fina nolleväst! Sedan skalar och hackar jag gurka och morötter och packar i en burk så inget glöms i morgonstressen. Det känns som att mina KTH-rutiner börjar sitta! Vem hade anat att allt snart skulle förändras... Det är torsdag och äntligen kommer tillfället som jag har väntat på hela veckan. Jag har fått det ärofyllda uppdraget att fixa dipp till eftermiddagens picknick. Vilket lysande tillfälle att plocka fram mitt egna såsrecept som gått i arv från min morfar Mojje! Det är en hemmagjord Rhode-islandsås med hemliga ingredienser som skapas med yttersta finess. Förutom en 12-liters hink med sås har jag givetvis också med mig extra kryddor, chips, morot och gurka till picknicken. Bildkälla: smottagning.com När vi kommer till picknickparken slår jag mig ned på min picknickstol och sätter “the finishing touch” på min sås. Plötsligt hör man den välbekanta skräckinjagande musiken dunka från högtalarna längre bort i parken. Med ens blir Nollan varse om syftet med picknick-dippen. Samtidigt som jag vänds upp och ned så vänds mitt liv upp och ned. Nollan Sören Krem finns inte längre. Han har förvandlats till Femman Daniel Wollberg. Bildkälla: smottagning.com * * * Att vara Phusknollan var en fantastisk upplevelse olikt något jag varit med om innan. När jag tog på mig västen kändes det som att det var typ igår jag var Nollan på riktigt. Jag var faktiskt förvånad över hur lätt det var att låtsas vara Nollan. Men även fast det känns som att min tid på KTH har gått i rasande tempo så kan jag ändå reflektera över hur mycket jag har har hunnit göra under den tiden, både i och utanför skolan. Med det sagt vill jag bara lämna er med några sista visdomsord: Ta vara på er tid på KTH och ha kul! Skapa en balans mellan skola och fritid och se till att faktiskt vara ledig ibland. Lycka till med skolan, vi ses på campus! Daniel Wollberg Skribent

Att ta fram en ny sångbok

Att ta fram en ny sångbok

Nu på torsdag är det äntligen försäljningsstart för S-sektionens nya sångbok! Esset tog därför ett snack med Sångbokskomittén om vad vi kan förvänta oss av den nya upplagan. Ett urval av äldre sångböcker. Bild: Sångbokskommittén. Först och främst – varför behövs en sångbok? Den gamla sångboken trycktes år 2011 men den tog slut någon gång runt 2016. Sedan dess har vi tyvärr varit utan sångböcker så ingen av oss i kommittén har ägt en, väldigt tråkigt! När en ny grupp skulle väljas för att göra en ny så anmälde vi oss direkt! Varför behöver vi då göra en ny version? Med tidens gång så sjunger vi nya sånger och slutar sjunga vissa gamla, det är liksom en naturlig utveckling som sångboken återspeglar. Våra gasquetraditioner är också under ständig förändring så där försöker vi följa med i utvecklingen! Sen är det så klart kul att skapa något som är vårt egna och är nytt och fräscht. Vad är det som är nytt jämfört med den förra boken då? Vi har lagt till lite mer rolig kuriosa om sektionen och om det vi sjunger om, drycken! Båda är saker som vi i kommittén bryr oss om haha. Vissa sånger från äldre sångböcker gör comeback i den nya och många från förra sångboken kommer tillbaka, somliga i en smått uppdaterad variant. Vår vett och etikett-del har uppdaterats lite sedan sist också! Hur länge har ni jobbat? Kommittén blev tillsatt under våren 2020 och satte igång på riktigt under hösten när vi kom tillbaka till skolan. Så det har väl blivit ganska precis ett år med arbete. Vad är det ni har gjort under det här året då? Hur har processen sett ut? Vi har suttit tillsammans men också mycket över zoom och gått igenom sånger i gamla böcker. Tre hela sångböcker har vi sjungit igenom, även det delvis över zoom med varierande resultat haha. Vi har även fått chansen att själva bidra med sånger till boken, vissa har vi skrivit själva medan andra är upphittade längs vägen. Alla vi har med andra ord varit inblandade i vilka sånger som ska med. Sedan har vi delat upp resten av arbetet mellan oss. Kalle, Adam och Torkel har suttit mycket med texterna; Johanna och Sidra står bakom illustrationerna och John har gjort ett hästjobb med layouten. När det sedan kom till april i år fick vi ett helt eget sektionsmöte som godkände innehållet i sångboken och en liten budgetändring. Sedan dess har det handlat mycket om “the final touches” så att säga. Vi har suttit med materialval till boken, exakt layout och lite sånt sedan dess ända tills filerna skickades in till tryckeriet. Efter lite maskinhaverier här och där kom de till slut till oss under mottagningen och nu är böckerna äntligen helt klara, numrerade för hand och redo att säljas. Vad har varit roligast? Svårast? Om vi får börja med det svåraste får vi ändå säga att det är avvägningen mellan nytt och gammalt. Det har varit en del diskussion om vad som är lämpligt att sjunga och vi vill att folk ska känna sig bekväma med sångerna och våra traditioner samtidigt som vi förstår att mycket måste ställas i historisk kontext och vi inte vill röra runt i andras verk på vilket sätt som helst. Det roliga har vi tagit upp lite kort i vårt förord, det är superkul att få vara delaktig i och bidra till sektionens sångtradition. Alla vi i kommittén har känt att musik har betytt mycket för oss under vår tid på KTH så naturligtvis betyder det mycket för oss. Sen har det varit superkul att få jobba tillsammans i kommittén. Avslutningsvis, hur får man tag i en sångbok? Man släpar sig till campus på torsdag och fredag lunch den här veckan och köper en bok i korridoren utanför oaSen. De kostar 100 kr så det är verkligen inget man har någon ursäkt att missa. Man kan även be en kompis att passa på och köpa åt en också!

What Do We Do at Esset?

What Do We Do at Esset?

Are you curious about the Esset editorial team and what different roles there are? In this short article we have collected some information about that for you! Editor in chief The Editor in Chief is in charge of a lot of the behind-the-scenes work at Esset, for example being in contact with different parties in the chapter. They are also responsible for making sure that anything that Esset publishes is appropriate. In addition to those responsibilities, they chair most of Esset’s meetings and make sure everything goes according to plan. Graphical design/Website The team in charge of the website make sure that the articles are published on time (Hey, that's me! ^^). They make sure the publications are in the correct font, size, correct images, etc. They are also responsible for the graphical design and any updates that are required to be made to the website. Social Media/PR The person in charge of Social Media is responsible for much of what you see on our Instagram page. In this role you publish posts for all articles that are published, or any other events within Esset. Thereafter, you get to show off how much fun we have at Esset through the stories. Writer As the writer, you write articles on anything you find interesting and relevant to the chapter. Esset’s purpose is to guide and ease the path for the S-chapter students as well as facts about the chapter and even a decent amount about the industry in general. As long as the idea isn’t too far from the relevant topics then you are free to write about the subject you are interested in. Photographer The photographer is in charge of taking the beautiful photographs that are in some of our articles as well as those that are/will be on our Instagram. It is a very straightforward role and doesn’t need much description but a wonderful way to challenge your creativity. Illustrator The Illustrator is in charge of the art that comes with the articles. That could be in any format, from digital to pencil sketches, to markers, and so on. This art accompanies a lot of our articles and is a nice touch on our website! Translator The role of the translator is very straightforward. When a Swedish article is relevant to both the Swedish and the international students you make sure that the article is available in English as well. This role requires a good understanding of both languages. Does any of this sound interesting to you? If so, don't forget to apply here no later than Sunday September 26th!

Welcome to KTH

Welcome to KTH

Hi internationals, and welcome to KTH. We at Esset have heard from our sources in the international reception that getting around Stockholm is not something you know much about, and the KTH campus may be even more confusing to get around. We have even heard that some of you have never travelled on a metro before. That is why Esset has gathered two experts - Henrik, the lifelong Stockholmer, and Saga, an emigrant from Norrland's dark forests - to give you the ultimate guide to the Capital. The first thing you should know is the different parts of the city center. There are five districts in the inner city, and they all have their character that affects what is there and what price range prevails. Of the five districts in the inner city, Södermalm (“söder” meaning “southern” and “malm”, an older word meaning “ridge” or “rise”. Why most districts have this epitaph comes from the post-glacial ridge that runs along the center of Stockholm) is the best place to find cheap beer and could therefore be considered the best district in Henrik's opinion. Important Swedish knowledge: Öl = Beer Hornsgatan (“gatan” means “street” in Swedish, therefore when you see words end in “gatan” that means they are streets) is a good place to start to find a glass of beer for the very reasonable price of 45 SEK. Along Hornsgatan you can find “Dova's” and “D-pub” almost next door to each other, and “Krukan” at Rosenlundsgatan. Closer to Hornstull (an area in Södermalm) lies “Retro” and “Hirschen”. On Hornsgatan there is “Söderhallen Billiards”, and you can then finish the night at a 24/7 McDonald's (fun fact: if you hear “donken” from a swede, it is McDonald’s they are referring to) to round off a very economical night out. At the other end of Söder, at Skanstull (another area in Södermalm), there is “Far och Son”, “Snövit”, and “Bläcktornskällaren” along Ringvägen (“vägen” means “road” and therefore those words ending in “vägen” are also streets). Up by Nytorget (when a word ends in “torget” it’s a square) you can find another “Retro”. There are plenty of good cafes and patisseries around Swedenborgsgatan and Mariatorget (but of course it does not offer as affordable coffee as KTH's own “Coffice”). Here there are places like “Johan & Nyström”, “Bageri Petrus”, and “Chic Konditori” (“konditori” is the Swedish word for “patisserie”). Over by Bysistorget you can find a very affordable vegetarian buffet. At Swedenborgsgatan you will find the "Cycling Dutchman" AKA “Tonnys Cyklar”, where you can buy a used bicycle. Hornsgatan has very good second-hand and vintage stores. Between Slussen and Zinken there is “Emmaus”, “Röda Korset”, “Stadsmissionen”, “Myrorna”, and “Beyond Retro”. This area is perfect for strolling about on a Saturday and checking out affordable and environmentally friendly shopping. Around Nytorget there are vintage and second-hand stores, that offer something a bit more exclusive. In Södermalm there are many good places to hang out in late summer evenings or when the sun returns in the spring. “Tanto” (Tantolunden), “Skinnis” (Skinnarviksberget), “Vitan” (Vitabergsparken) (the parts in the parenthesis is the official names whereas outside are what a Stockholmer calls these places), “Ivar Los park”, and “Långholmen” have plenty of space for large groups to hang out. If you choose to leave Söder (a true Stockholmer calls Södermalm “söder”), you can take the Västerbron (“bro” means bridge in Sweden and that is what “Västerbron” is, however; you can still call your bros “bro” we don’t mind) over to Kungsholmen, which has a myriad of options when it comes to cheap beer. Around Fridhemsplan (“plan” is another ending to a word which also means square in that context) you can find “Hirschen”, “Retro”, and “Level 22”. Closer to St Eriksbron is the “Billiard Palace” and another “Dova’s”. In addition to beer, you can find good ice cream at “Kungsholmens Glassfabrik”(Kungsholmen's Ice Cream Factory). In Kungsholmen there is also “Rålis” (Rålambshovsparken) which has a lot to offer as an outdoor hangout spot. There is plenty of space and a skate park under the bridge. Swimming places can be found at “Smedsudden” and “Fredhälls klippbad” (“klippbad” sort of means cliff beach, a common feature in the archipelago and around lakes with smooth bedrock beaches), and the quayside at Hornsberg which is a nice place to hang out around the restaurants and ice cream parlors. If you instead want to hang out closer to campus and need a place to have a beer after a (failed) exam, you can instead go to Vasastan (“stan” is the Swedish word for the town and can also commonly show up in place-names) and Sveavägen. Along this main artery you will find not only one, but two “Lion bar”s, “The Crib by Retro”, regular “Retro”, and “Hirschen”. In Vasastan there are many restaurants and cafes along Rörstrandsgatan. Around Odenplan you will find, in addition to one of the inner city's larger public transport hubs, also second-hand shopping at “Stadsmissionen” and “Myrorna”. There is also a larger “Myrorna” further down on Sveavägen by Adolf Fredrik's church. Near Vanadislunden you can buy used bikes at “iRecycle”. If you want to find a nice place to hang out outdoors in Norrmalm (“norr” meaning “northern”), the cliffs and quays at Skeppsholmen and Kastellholmen can be recommended. Here you can also find a lot of good, and free, museums like the National Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, and the Museum of Architecture and Design. Östermalm (“öster” meaning “eastern”) is a district for rich people and should thus be avoided at all costs, except for the sanctuary KTH (Esset does not advocate skipping class, even if attendance is not mandatory). But if you are not going to have a night out here, you can find some gems. In “Filmhuset”, you can go to a cheap cinema at “Cinemateket”, but it is mainly older films that are shown. Our recommendations this fall are Ratatouille, Memento, Groundhog Day, Total Recall and Blade Runner. Out in Ropsten, you can find the town's largest “Myrorna”, perfect for those who need to furnish their new student apartment. In addition, technically, the students' own Lappkärrsberget belongs to Östermalm. "Lappis", as it is so nicely called, is the “sunkets sunk” according to our reporter Saga, by which she means it’s shit but in a nice way. Here you will find cheap beer, mediocre sushi, and corridor parties. In the surrounding area there is nice nature, with lovely walking paths around the water and the “Stora Skuggan”, a nature area perfect for picnics. If you want to know more about Lappis and other student areas in Stockholm, you can check out our previous article about Student Apartments in Stockholm. If you dare to venture beyond the inner city, you will find that southern Stockholm (colloquially known as “Söderort”, meaning “the southern parts”) has a lot to offer. In “Slaktis” (Slakthusområdet) there are nightclubs and you can also find the entertainment complex “Tolv” with games all evening. In Liljeholmen you can find two second-hand shops in the mall and Stockholm's best Ica store. Everything around Aspudden, Midsommarkransen and down to Gröndal are very nice suburbs that offer a little small-town feel. Vinterviken has good places to hang out outside with a nice view of Lake Mälaren and access to swimming. To the east, you will find Sickla where there is shopping and beautiful nature at “Sicklasjön” and “Järlasjön”. It is close to getting up on “Hammarbybacken” (“backen” means “hill” in this context) to get the best view of the city. In addition to Sickla, “Nacka Skärgård” (“skärgård” means “archipelago”) offers a nature reserve with nice swimming places. From Slussen you can easily get out to the Nacka nature reserve, for nature experiences close to the city, and towards “Nyckelviken” for a cozy manor experience. From Slussen, Nybroviken and Strömkajen, boats depart for the archipelago, where you can use your SL card for cheap excursions. To the north, Solna and Sundbyberg are like cities within the city. Although Solna is mainly associated with “Mall of Scandinavia” and “Arenastaden”, there are nice nature areas in “Hagaparken” and a small-town feel at Råsunda and “Sundbyberg Centrum”. In Ulriksdal there is a unique bicycle shop with used bicycles and bicycle parts. If you want to find more exciting tips on Stockholm, you can check out our article on exchange students' experiences of Stockholm. But, student life at the S-Chapter is for many in itself a completely new experience and as new students to the campus, it can not be easy to keep track of what to eat, where to eat, where it is best to study, or just what to do when you are not drowning in mathematical equations. When it comes to what to eat, Esset has already made a detailed guide to where to find the most affordable lunch on campus, that article can be found here. But at the beginning of the semester, most students tend to still be relatively good at bringing their lunch boxes, so it can be good to know exactly where it is possible to heat your food. The classic option is of course to turn to one of the chapter rooms. The S-Chapter’s own is called “Oasen” (meaning “the Oasis”) and is located at the bottom of “L-huset” ("Hus" is Swedish for house). But it easily happens that the queues become long and the seats full, so then it can be good to know that there are many other places on campus with microwaves and chairs.“U-huset” is a very popular place with a nice roof terrace to enjoy the summer salad on, and in “Nymble”, THS' own union house, there are plenty of microwave spots. Sometimes it is difficult to come up with what to cook, and then it is difficult to know what to put in the lunch box. Fortunately, Esset can come to the rescue here too! Over time, we have released a bunch of recipe tips with cheap dishes for everyone - here you will find all the "Esset cooks'' that have been released so far (1 and 2). And there is no need to worry about running out of ideas, because when all the recipes are already cooked by you, Esset will surely have released a new collection of recipes for your enjoyment. And when it comes to what to do in addition to the studies, there are a whole bunch of activities both through THS and the S-Chapter themselves. Of course, most things are fresh in the memory after the “Life at S-Chapter” day, but it can still be good with a reminder that all associations and groups in the S-chapter can be found here, on the website. Among these associations is of course Esset, which (in the opinion of the authors) is an excellent association if you have an interest in writing, design, drawing, or just want to hang out with a nice bunch and contribute to the chapter's all-around education. So with that said, we (Henrik and Saga) thank you for taking the time to read our guide and wish all international students good luck in their future studies! Henrik Bergström Writer Shakar Garmeny Illustrations, translation Saga Ugarph Writer

Esset Tests Student Housing

Esset Tests Student Housing

Getting a residence in Stockholm as a student can sometimes seem impossible. Alas, after harrowing around as a lodger and on short-term second-hand contracts, the moment finally comes. When the queue days can be transformed into someplace that is entirely yours. What should you consider when choosing? With this article, the Esset editorial staff wants to highlight some of all the possibilities that exist when it comes to landlords and areas. And perhaps most important of all - what is it like to live there? Freja, Täby (Andreas) In Roslags Näsby in Täby, among the villas, lies the SSSB area Freja. It is a small and cute area, with five two-story houses and 60 apartments in total. In addition to the apartment buildings, there are some separate buildings with laundry rooms, association rooms, and storage. The area was built in 2004. All apartments are studios of 22 m², with French balconies. If you live on the ground floor, you can remove the railing and arrange a small patio. The rent for 2021 is SEK 4,565. This includes water, heat, electricity, and broadband (100/10 Mbit/s). Why did you move here? I grew up in Täby, so when I first moved out, it felt perfect to still be close to home and friends. In addition, it is very conveniently located in relation to KTH. How long is your travel time to school? About 20 minutes. It takes about five minutes to walk to Roslags Näsby station, and from there 15 minutes to KTH with Roslagsbanan (light rail). On a scale from 1-10: How good is the communication there?
6. Roslagsbanan station is about five minutes away, and the nearest bus stop is about 10 minutes away. Neither of these means of transport has the same frequency as the subway, which lowers the rating a bit. How safe does the area feel?
8. It is a very quiet environment. What you have to watch out for are thieves. For example, I have gotten my bike stolen when it was parked in the yard, and there have also been burglaries in the storage rooms in the past. Overall, it feels very safe as I said though. Approximately how many other S-Chapter students live in the area?
3. Apart from myself, I only know of two other S-Chapter students who live here. How is the neighborhood?
3. You greet each other when you meet on the stairs and in the yard, but not much more than that. The area association arranges some activities sometimes, but it is difficult right now due to Corona. The standard of the apartment?
7. The age of the apartments is starting to become noticeable in a few areas, but overall it still feels fresh. Both the bathroom and the kitchen are tiled. How noise-sensitive is your apartment? Do you hear the neighbors a lot?
8. The apartments feel as though they are well soundproofed. What can be heard the most are neighbors walking in the staircase. However, between the apartments, it is completely silent. The architecture of the houses means that you only share one wall with another apartment. Outside noise is also rare. Proximity to service?
7. At Roslagsbanan station there is a small centre, with a grocery store, a convenience store, and a couple of restaurants. A station away by train you will find Täby centrum, a large shopping mall filled with stores for most of your needs, as well as some restaurants, a cinema, etc. Frösunda, Solna (Kalle) Tucked between the E4 and the commuter train tracks towards Uppsala lies Frösunda. The area was built in the 90s and consists mostly of apartment buildings with brick facades. SSSB has 94 studio apartments here with a kitchenette, 18–26 m² distributed over two tower blocks of six floors each. The rent is between SEK 3,000 and 5,600, depending on whether you live next to the common room or at the top with an associated roof terrace. Regardless, electricity, heating, and broadband are included. As icing on the cake, you get to live on Gustav III s boulevard, which feels royal, to say the least. Speaking of Gustav III, the apartments are located about 10 minutes from Hagaparken where there are fantastic walking paths for exercise. in the opposite direction, you’ll find The Mall of Scandinavia and a commuter train station about 5 minutes away. Why did you move here? I moved here because I wanted to live in an area with good connectivity to KTH without requiring too many queue points. I had about 700 days, which is admittedly below average for the area, but not at all difficult to get an apartment with. How long is your travel time to school? About 30 minutes, and I can choose between a commuter train and a bus to Odenplan. Alternatively, I can take a bus to Bergshamra (metro station). On a scale from 1-10: How good is the communication there?
8. The apartment is 5 minutes from Solna station which takes one to Odenplan in 3 minutes. In addition, there are buses right outside the door that can take you all the way to Södermalm. How safe does the area feel?
7. The area itself is very quiet with a lot of families with children, albeit empty in the evening. Surrounding areas have a little more going on but there is nothing noticeable. Approximately how many other S-Chapter students live in the area?
1. I do not know any S-Chapter students who live or have lived here. Many who live here study at Karolinska, which is relatively close. How is the neighborhood?
2. If you are lucky, the neighbors will return your hello, but you can not expect more than that. The area association organizes events from time to time, but participation is scarce. The standard of the apartment?
6. The apartment is from 1999 and still feels fresh even though the constant rental leaves traces in the form of various holes and annoying patches. One of the biggest disadvantages of the apartment is the kitchenette, there is no oven which some tenants solve by putting in their own which you can apparently get. The kitchen fan uses a carbon filter which feels subpar. About half of the apartments have a balcony of about 5 m² which is very nice in the summer, the trade-off is a smaller living space and a rather limiting floor plan that may require a little finesse to manage. How noise-sensitive is your apartment? Do you hear the neighbors a lot?
8. There is very little noise between neighboring apartments. However, when voices are raised, they can be heard from the overhead apartments and the corridors. In one of the houses, there is a common room that can sometimes generate a lot of noise when there is a party. Proximity to service?
10. The apartment is located about 5 minutes from the Mall of Scandinavia where most things that may be needed are located. There are two large grocery stores, a gym, restaurants, a cinema, shopping, and a national arena. Gubbängen, Enskede (Regina) Between Skogskykården and Farsta centre we find Gubbängen, a quiet residential area home to both students and larger families. It is a bit further out, but it is easy to get to both school and the more central parts of Stockholm using the subway which has a station straight across the road. This student apartment area consists of three buildings that were all built in different stages. I live in a 29 m² studio apartment which is located on the 7th floor with a nice view of the Gubbängsfältet. I have turned my studio into a sleeping alcove effectively splitting one room in two. The apartments found in this area vary in size and with this, of course, the rent also varies. The rent I pay is currently SEK 6300, which includes broadband and water. Why did you move here? I moved here because it seemed to be a quiet and safe area with a good connection to Stockholm city center and the KTH campus. The apartment itself is brand new and I am the first to move in, so everything is very fresh and new. I used to live in Solna and paid almost the same rent for a 20 m² apartment on the second floor, so I feel like I get more value for the money here. How long is your travel time to school? Depending on how well the subway schedule matches (you have to change from green to red line at Slussen), it takes between 25-30 minutes to go to school. On a scale from 1-10: How good is the communication there?
8. As previously mentioned, just walking straight across the street from my apartment to get to the subway takes about 2-3 minutes. The subway runs frequently, but there can be problems when it is canceled due to different issues. In this case, there is a bus to take instead. However, then you have to walk about 10 minutes to Hökarängen to hop on, plus the buses mainly run between the southern suburbs, so there will be a detour if you need to go to school. How safe does the area feel?
9. Very safe. Mainly students and families with children live here, so there is usually no unrest in the evenings. Approximately how many other S-Chapter students live in the area?
7. Some S-Chapter students live in these apartments, I know some who live in two of the buildings around. So far I have not come across anyone who reads the same program as me in my particular building. How is the neighborhood?
5. I have been lucky enough to find many neighbors in my building that I hang out with, otherwise, I would probably not say that the community is the best, unfortunately. This can, of course, be due to Corona but we have not had any group events or such. The standard of the apartment?
10. Completely newly built apartment with a fresh interior. How noise-sensitive is your apartment? Do you hear the neighbors a lot?
7. It Is very well soundproofed because the apartments are so new, so not much is heard from outside or my neighbors. It has happened at some point but is generally quite calm. Proximity to service?
8. Next door to my building is a gym. Only 5 minutes away is the center of Gubbängen where we have a pub, a pharmacy, another gym, some restaurants, and a grocery store. Two stations away by subway is Farsta centrum where many shops and restaurants are located. Otherwise, there is not much in Gubbängen, however, it is very easy to get to Södermalm, where there is much more to do. So that weighs it up! Lappis (Per) Lappkärrsberget, often called Lappis, is Stockholm's largest student housing area with over 2,000 homes consisting of everything from corridor rooms to four-room apartments. Here, Swedish students and exchange students live in harmony (usually) in a district built solely for students. In Lappis you will find an Ica that is so-so, a sushi restaurant, and a debatable neighborhood restaurant/pizzeria. The special thing about Lappis, in particular, is that the majority of the apartments consist of corridor rooms, which extend between 16–23 m² and with rents between SEK 3570–4640. This price includes everything: electricity, heating, broadband, and the cry of anxiety at 10 PM on Thursdays. Why did you move here? Relatively few queue-points in return for good proximity to the school. If you come from outside Stockholm, it can be difficult to get accommodation, and then the corridor accommodation at Lappis is a really good alternative. How long is your travel time to school? About 15 minutes! If the bus is late then longer, but when it is not negative 10 degrees outside, it is no problem to walk and take the subway from Universitetet. On a scale from 1-10: How good is the communication there?
8. Only 15 minutes to campus so it's great! The bus service is a bit infrequent at times though, then you have to walk a full 900 m from the subway! Tragedy! How safe does the area feel?
8. I feel safe at Lappis! Minus points for snowball-throwing exchange students. It's absolutely life-threatening, to put it bluntly. Approximately how many other S-Chapter students live in the area?
5. some students from S-Chapter live in the area that you sometimes come across when you’re out and about! How is the neighborhood?
6. In my hallway, it's okay! Minus the fact that sometimes you have to speak in a language which I have not mastered (English). The standard of the apartment?
7. My bathroom is fresh! Otherwise decent I must say. It is student accommodation in Sweden's largest city, after all, so you have to be content with having a roof over your head and having your own accommodation minus the shared kitchen! How noise-sensitive is your apartment? Do you hear the neighbors a lot?
7. I hear more from snowball fights in the yard than my neighbors! A little music sometimes but that's just part of it! Proximity to service?
6. Ica is visible from my window which is great! It's a little further to other necessities, but those can always be found around campus. Aurora, Nacka (Saga) In Ektorp in Nacka, we find ByggVesta's area Aurora. The area is newly built (in 2018) with a total of 207 studio, two and three-room apartments specifically for students and young adults. The buildings are located on the outskirts of Ektorp, a nice area in Nacka next to the sea and a fantastic nature reserve. My apartment, a three-room apartment, is 44 m² and comes equipped with a combined washer and dryer and a balcony. I also had a dishwasher installed, which was the best gift I gave myself. The rent is about 8600 kronor, which is excluding heating, water, electricity, and broadband. This means that the monthly cost usually ends up at around SEK 9,000–9,300 / month depending on the season. Why did you move here? At first, I moved to Ektorp because my then-partner and I needed a bigger home, and by chance, Ektorp showed up. As there were many apartments and the area wasn't well known, the queue days that were needed were lower, and since it was cheaper than the apartment we had then (30 square meters for SEK 10,000 / month), it felt natural to make the switch. How long is your travel time to school? The downside to the accommodation is that it is unfortunately far from the city centre. Door-to-door it takes about 45 minutes to get to school. On a scale from 1-10: How good is the communication there?
4. It takes about ten minutes from the apartment to the bus stop, where buses run frequently (!). They take you directly to Slussen and also run around the clock. How safe does the area feel?
9. Very safe! Never felt unsafe when I went home at 2 AM, or to work at 4 AM. Approximately how many other S-Chapter students live in the area?
2. Unfortunately very few S-Chapter students, I know of only 1-2 people. How is the neighborhood?
8. There is a large Facebook group for everyone in the houses, and there is a lot of activity there. Even though I am not active there, I have seen that people have found training buddies, wine evenings have been arranged and many have received help with various tools that needed to be borrowed. The standard of the apartment?
9. Super fresh and new. Good quality of everything, minus points just because it gets cold in the winter. How noise-sensitive is your apartment? Do you hear the neighbors a lot?
9. Incredibly good sound insulation, the only time I hear my neighbors is when they decide to drill in the concrete walls. Proximity to service?
6. About seven minutes walk from the area there are two grocery stores, a gym, a few restaurants, and about 15 realtor offices. In other words, Everything you need, that is! Minus points because it is uphill all the way home. Karl Mårtensson Editor in chief Shakar Garmeny Illustration Andreas Håård Writer Regina Rutegård Writer Saga Ugarph Writer Per Hultman Freelance writer

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