Studentpalatset is owned and managed by Akademiska Hus. SSCOs affiliated company SSCO Service AB is responsible for the management of study halls, group study rooms and public spaces. Studentpalatset is funded through a collaboration between Stockholm university, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Karolinska institutet, Södertörn university and Stockholm school of economics.

The house was built in 1925-27 and was originally a donation from the city of Stockholm to what was then the college of Stockholm (now Stockholm university). It’s built in a classicist style with a monumental façade, a dominating double stairwell and open walk ways, created by the architect Erik Lallerstedt. At the opening in 1927 there was talk of a “temple devoted to science”. But the 1920s were also the breakthrough for the functionalism and by many the building was deemed as outdated when it was brand new.

From the start the building housed the faculties of law and humanities, and was later known as “Juridicum” and subsequently “Old Juridicum”. Until the 90s, after Stockholm university gradually made the move out to Frescati the building housed several different departments amongst them the Department of Human Geography. The university later on decided to use the building for study halls and group study rooms. Consulting with the student union they developed a joint project for all the universities and student unions in Stockholm and thereby laid the foundation for what Studentpalatset is today. In 1995 it became a listed building.

During 1998 the house underwent a renovation and adaptation for the new functions by the architectural firm BSK Arkitekter. At the reopening of the newly renovated building, SSCO took over the management. During the busiest weeks up to 1000 of students enter the front gates each day.

Young student opens the gate to the college of Stockholm, Norrtullsgatan 2. He might be a law student. At least, so was the photographer, a 23 years old combining his studies with standby service in the military – it was the early 1940s and Europe was at war.

Private photo.

Here you can find more historical pictures of Studentpalatset.