A “student corridor” is a traditional Swedish student accommodation form. In a student corridor you have your own private bedroom but share kitchen and sometimes other facilities with 3-12 other tenants. The word “student corridor” derives from the fact that the bedrooms typically lie along a corridor with the shared facilities either in the middle or at the ends of the corridor. Sharing kitchen, living room and facilities with other students can be very rewarding but also sometimes quite challenging.
The key factors for a happy corridor are respect, collaboration and communication. Make sure you are involved in setting a good tone and atmosphere in your corridor right from the start and you will surely be rewarded for the rest of your stay!
Here are some tips on how to create a well-functioning corridor
Share the cleaning duties of the corridor:
Cleaning and upkeep of the common spaces is shared between all tenants and is usually organized on a weekly rota where each tenant is responsible for the basic cleaning and removal of garbage for one week. Note that this does not include cleaning up other peoples messes, make sure you always leave the common areas clean and tidy after using them!
The cleaning schedule should be agreed upon and respected by all tenants. Usually a corridor also sets up a small common fund to buy common cleaning supplies for the corridor.
Remember that you as tenants are obligated to keep the common facilities in good condition and that you are economically responsible for damages caused by neglect or on purpose.
Communicate with your neighbours:
We recommend all students to invite your neighbours to a “corridor meeting” or “corridor fika” in the beginning of each semester to organize such things as cleaning schedules. Make sure you talk about expectations and what duties should be included in the basic cleaning of the corridor and what is each persons responsibility. Introduce new tenants to the rules of the corridor and include them in the arrangements.
Talk to your corridor mates if any issues arise and resolve them together. For example, if you are planning to have friends over in the evening, inform your corridor mates in advance. Most often, people are very understanding if you just let them know ahead of time. However, you must always make sure you and your guests are quiet after 22:00 (10 pm) in respect for the rest of the buildings right to peace and quiet!
You don’t have to be best friends with your neighbours if you don’t want to but you do have to respect and colaborate with each and all of them.
An important part of your experience as an international student in Uppsala is to meet new people and share your cultural differences. “Fika” is a central part of Swedish culture. It can mean just sitting down with a cup of coffee/tea together. It could also involve having cakes or cookies with your coffee. No matter the content, fika is always an appreciated part of Swedish culture! It is also a great way to meet all the people in your new corridor and an opportunity to introduce yourself. Remember to make new arrivals feel welcome by gathering in the common rooms for a welcoming fika!
Enjoy your time as a student at Uppsala University!