Our Policies

Here can you find The Welfare Council current politics in areas including housing, sports, mental health and what we mean should be the minimum offer on every campus. You will find here detailed and updated information about our policies on everything from the allocation keys for student residences to use the membership fee for sports buildings. The Welfare Council seeks ways to improve our policy, so that it matches the current needs and wants of the students today.We develop our policy on the Welfare Council meetings, and our goal is to keep these pages updated so that you can constantly keep up with what our politics. The pages will be updated regularly throughout the autumn and spring semester. You can influence our politics by coming to our meetings. Our meetings are announced well in advance on our website, both in the sidebar on the left and on the front page.

Minimum offer on campus

The Welfare Council thinks that Studentsamskipsnaden i Trondheim (SiT) should have an offer for the students on all campuses. If SiT are considering to close one or more of the outlets on campus, then the minimum offer should be transferred to the remaining outlet(s). The Welfare Council want to have the following minimum offer on campus; points are equal:

Opportunity to use existing subscriptions; breakfast and fruits. Serving of hot meals Sale of general kiosk goods (groceries) The Welfare Council wants SiT to use their resources to expand the canteen-, café- and kiosk offer they have on campus today. SiT should focus on healthy and local food, and should in addition pursue hearty, good and nutritious food on all campuses.

The Welfare Council believes that the main thought, that the price should be experienced as affordable or low for the students, is very important, and must be conveyed to all the departments of SiT. It is important to point out that the Welfare Council considers that this a minimum offer, and th Welfare Council encourage SiT to extend further.

Housing Policy

Housing Policy

When granting government subsidies for student housing the cost scheme is followed. That means that the student welfare organization must remain within a cost of 700 000 NOK per unit to receive the state grant. Trondheim is defined as an area with high pressure in the housing market, and the cost limit was increased to 800 000 NOK for these areas in 2014. Some student welfare organizations feel compelled to build with cheaper materials and without environmental measures, which will lead to increased living costs in the future. Other student welfare organizationsexperience a low development pace because they are unable to build within the cost frame. The Welfare Council demands that the cost scheme is reformed, preferably by removing the upper cost limit and index regulate the government subsidies for student housing.

The Welfare Council believes that the government subsidies for student housing should only be used to build new student housing. Maintenance and rehabilitation of existing buildings is SiT's own responsibility, and the student welfare organizations that have taken care of their housing should not be penalized for it in future allocations of government subsidies.

Allocation criteria and claim

The criterias that underlie the Education and Research allocation of government subsidies seems random and are unpredictable. This makes it very difficult for the student welfare organizations to plan ahead; one has no prerequisites to predict whether one will receive government subsidies or not.

A known and important indicator for allocation is the coverage on student housing at the various campuses. Coverage is a percentage calculation of how many of the students belonging to the student welfare organization who will get a place in the student housing. “Studentboligundersøkelsen 2007” (student housing survey 2007) estimates that a student welfare organization should have 20% coverage in order to contribute to safe and good housing to all students – and will also contribute to set the agenda in relation to fire safety, contracts and other matters that affect tennants. In Trondheim the coverage is at about 14,32% (2014). To reach the goal of 20% coverage Trondheim need about 1900 new units.

The Welfare Council (Velferdstinget) require greater certainty in the allocation of government subsidies, as well as clearer guidelines and criteria. The Education and Research department should look at how the overall housing situation in each individual student city is, and not just basing the allocation of grants for student housing on coverage.

It is particularly important that the Department of Education and Research consider the private housing market in student cities, as well as how large the percentage of international students with housing guarantee is.

Building of student housing

Student housing is an education policy instrument to ensure the principle of equal access to education. To achieve the overall national goal of 20% coverage, the development pace needs to increase dramatically. The Welfare Council believes that when the Department of Education and Research does not facilitate this, then the student welfare organization in Trondheim (SiT) has to use equity to reach the goal of 20 % coverage, preferably by building new student housing.

The Welfare Council believes that acquisition of existing buildings in satisfactory conditions is not desirable, because it will not necessarily lead to an increase in housing available for students.

Development of student housing

To have a healthy and sound economy it is important that SiT housing has a high occupancy of their homes as possible. It must therefore be built housing students will want to live in, both now and in the future. The Welfare Council believes flexibility and variety is the key for the future of student housing. In order to influence the private market it is not only important to have sufficient numbers of housing, but also to have comparable housing types.

The Welfare Council has traditionally encouraged SiT to build sober, affordable flats, in order to provide housing for those who have difficulty to get into the private market. The Welfare Council thinks that it is still important to prioritize to build affordable flats, but that it has to be considered in a long term perspective. It is therefore desirable that SiT conducts a housing policy that in future provides vulnerable groups with a greater choice. In addition, the focus on students housing with universal design should be maintained, and escalate according to needs. As many small units as possible, from an economic perspective, should be built with standard visit criterias.

Students as a group is not a homogeneous mass, something SiT must be aware of and accept the consequences of. Needs, requirements and trends will change, so it is important that SiT is willing to change, be forward looking and flexible. The Welfare Council encourage SiT to an even greater extent to involve students in the process of planning and building student housing.

Private accommodation platform

SiT has operational responsibility for the welfare of the entire student body affiliated with SiT. When SiT only house 14,92% (2015) of the student population in Trondheim, this entails a responsibility to ensure that relevant information is available to the other 85,08% who live in private housing.

The Welfare Council believes that SiT has a responsibility to be the safeguard for students in Trondheim that lives in private housing.

Trondheim is the student city in Norway with the highest percentage of newcomers compared to the total of student population, and the housing market is already under pressure. Numbers from hybel.no shows that the average price of flats that were advertised through their site increased from approximately 3300 NOK to 3700 NOK just from January to July 2009. The municipality of Trondheim has a goal to become the best student city in the Nordic. This menas that the municipality has a big responsibility for the students in Trondheim.

The Welfare Council demands that the municipality of Trondheim should take bigger responsibility when it comes to monitoring and preventing illegal rental conditions; regulations regarding contracts, safety and standard.