The student unions are membership organisations with the purpose to represent the common interests of students.
Their important assignment is to guarantee that students are able to influence their education, but they also have a major role in the social aspects of university life: from parliamentary decisions to course planning, to housing and coffee prices.
Student unions, faculty clubs and student union clubs
Stockholm University has two student unions, one large and one departmental, alongside Faculty Clubs and Student Union Clubs.
Stockholm University Student Union
Stockholm University Student Union (SUS) is the large student union. Their office and reception is based in Studenthuset at the Frescati campus. Read more about them on their website:
DISK Student Union
DISK is the departmental student union for students at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, based at the Kista campus. They operate at local level and are working to improve the quality of education at the same time as making sure that their students can enjoy a fun and fulfilling student life. Read more on the DISK website:
A faculty club is a student association consisting of students that study the same or similar disciplines. They arrange social activities, such as student pubs, seminars and career fairs.
There are five big clubs at Stockholm University:
Student Union Clubs
The Student Union Clubs are open for all students at Stockholm University and are created and run by students at Stockholm University covering wide range of interests.
Student union membership
Membership gives you access to a wide variety of benefits and discounts on everything from course literature and lunch to public transportation and training.
The Stockholm University Student Union membership card is called Campuskortet, is packed with discounts and benefits, and doubles as a student ID.
Please note that membership benefits such as discounts etc. differ somewhat for members of DISK.
Activities for and by students
The student unions together with Student Union associations, Student Councils and Faculty Clubs make sure that there are activities for SU students every week. Most of these are free of charge. For information about events, see the SUS’s bulletin boards throughout campus, the SUS website or the DISK website.
Students’ statutory right to influence
According to the Higher Education Act, a student union’s principal purpose is to monitor and participate in the development of education and the prerequisites for studies at their university. The law also states that all students have the right to exert influence over their education. Each university should work to make sure students take an active part in the process of developing courses and programmes.
Improved quality of education
The student unions organise student influence and represents you in the University’s decision making. Therefore, strong student participation is important to continually improve the quality of all education.
We are overseeing major key questions at the university that are important to you as a student such as educational environment, equal opportunities and sustainability.
We keep track of your rights and ensure that they are respected. The PhD Student and Student Ombud serve as a sounding board and advisors if you get into a conflict with the university, or if you feel mistreated in any study-related situation. The PhD Student and Student Ombud also support students who have been accused of cheating or plagiarism.
Support to international students
Stockholm University Student Union has an entire unit dedicated to international students.
The International Student Coordinators are charged with the task of organising different events, helping you getting involved in student life, and much more.
When becoming a PhD student, it can be experienced as being caught between two worlds: on the one hand a student and on the other hand an employed scholar at the department. To get involved in issues regarding this, contact your local PhD Student Council. Also, as a PhD student, you can always contact the PhD Student and Student Ombud at the Student Union or representatives in the Central PhD Student Council (CDR).
Last updated: September 3, 2020
Source: Student Services