Name: Annelie Sedsten
Lives in: Lived in her apartment in T1 for five years
After a couple of years studying and working in Geneva, Annelie chose to study economics and commercial law at Linköping University. Having looked at all the different options, she eventually chose to live in T1.
What made you go for T1?
"It was mainly the central location that did it. I wasn't interested in communal living in Ryd or Flamman, so I decided to try and get a student apartment in T1 if I could. I knew that T1 was one of the newest student housing areas in Linköping and that it was part of the redevelopment of the old military garrison. I'd also heard that there were good, modern apartments here, but that they required a lot of queue points."
So how did you manage it? Did you have the points?
"Because I knew I wanted to study in one of the larger university towns, I put myself on Studentbostäder's housing queue in my last year of upper secondary school. That increased my chances of good student accommodation when I eventually came to study at university. By the time I was accepted on the Economics programme at Linköping a few years later, I'd collected quite a few points and was immediately able to start looking for accommodation locally. Just as I was about to start my course, I was offered a 32 m² one-room apartment on Drabantgatan in the T1 development. And that's where I stayed the whole time, five years in total."
Did you know anything about Linköping and Studentbostäder before you moved here?
"I'd never been to Linköping, but of course I'd heard that it was a big university town with a number of good courses. I found information about Studentbostäder on the university's website."
What was it like living at T1?
"I loved it. It's a great area with lots of students and the buildings, which were built in 2002, are fresh and modern. The best thing about living in the area is being close to the city centre and the Campus. There's a supermarket, pizzeria and health centre just around the corner, as well as one of the city's nicest student pubs, VilleValla. My apartment was spacious and had a proper kitchen with space for a dining table and plenty of cupboards. The wardrobe was a big plus and provided lots of storage. Another good thing was the 10-month rent. As a student, being able to stay for free over the summer is perfect if you don't get any grant from CSN. If there's one negative thing, it's the relative lack of parking spaces at student rates close to the apartments."