Student unions are independent associations that work for students and on the issues important to them. Membership in a student union is not required - you can decide yourself if you want to be a member.

The main task of student unions is to work in support of students and their interests. Some examples of areas they focus on are:

  • student influence
  • equality
  • quality of education
  • student housing

The student unions are independent of universities and university colleges and have their own organisation and finances.

Voluntary membership

You can decide yourself if you'd like to be a member of a student union - it's not required. Members are expected to pay dues - a fee for membership - and the amount can vary from union to union.

SFS - an umbrella organisation for student unions

The majority of Sweden's student unions are members of Sveriges förenade studentkårer (SFS) - the Swedish National Union of Students. SFS represents student unions' interests in relation to the Parliament, Government, political parties, and government agencies who work with higher education issues such as Universitetskanslersämbetet (The Swedish Higher Education Authority), Centrala studiestödsnämnden (CSN) and Universitets- och högskolerådet (The Swedish Council for Higher Education).

SFS monitors and spreads information regarding education, research and student welfare issues that impact students.

Page last updated 2016-05-12