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Study Here

A Safe Environment

The collective study-environment is an important part of the experience at the Royal Institute of Art. We therefore actively work to create a pleasant environment for our students. We comply with current legislation, and have internal rules in place for the protection of students’ health, working environment, and safety.

The student union, Club Mejan, both strengthens student unity and represents their voice regarding important questions. Therefore, union representation is present in all decision-making bodies at the Royal Institute of Art.


Our campus is located on Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. Here, one can find modern workshops in historic buildings, all in an inspiring environment surrounded by water. Our studios and workshops are scattered over the entire island of Skeppsholmen. In the main building, Kasern III, there are also lecture halls, our technology store, service centers, libraries, cafés, and the offices of the vice-chancellor and administration. The Royal Institute of Art also conducts activity at Konstakademien (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts) on Fredsgatan/Jakonsgatan.

Studio Spaces

Students in the five-year program in Fine Arts have access to a studio space during their studies. All students may also use our project studios for both major works and time-limited projects.

Career Preparation

We want our students to be well prepared for life as an artist after their education. Therefore, each year we offer a Post Mejan-week, which includes several career-coaching course elements. Examples of these include the economics course, exhibition production, and the contemporary art scene. Many of these elements are included in the overall education’s learning outcomes. Different elements are aimed mainly at different year-groups, and will return in some form each spring term.

Financing and Housing


All student funding is managed by the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN). In order to receive financial aid payments, students must first register for their courses with us.

Our courses are tuition-free for students from Sweden and other EU/EEA countries.

It is possible to apply for various stipends, grants and scholarships. These are posted internally.


Our students are insured against injuries and accidents through the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet). Personal-injury insurance applies when: the student is present on the school’s premises or taking part in activities arranged by the institute; during internships; and during trips directly to and from the school. This insurance does not apply during leisure time, holidays or study trips abroad. It is therefore wise to pair this policy with additional personal insurance.

The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency also has insurance that applies during exchange studies. This applies around the clock throughout the period of study, beginning two weeks before the start of the academic year, and finishing two weeks after the end of the academic year.

Our technical equipment is also insured. However, students who borrow equipment are liable for any excess fees due to damage or theft. We therefore recommend that our students take out their own property insurance.


The Royal Institute of Art works in collaboration with the housing platform Housing Anywhere. This site is made specifically for students, but can be used by anyone. We recommend that both incoming and outgoing students use it to rent and sublet rooms or houses.

Stockholms studentbostäder, or the Stockholm student housing foundation (SSSB), has about 30 residential areas with dormitories and apartments around Stockholm.

The Tempus student home has 251 student residences in Åkeshov and Bromma.

Kista studentbostäder has 406 student residences adjacent to the shopping center Kista Galleria.

Several other agents deal in second-hand rentals. It is important to be extra-careful when looking for accommodation online, and before signing any leases or agreements.

Student Union and Ombudsman

Club Mejan

The Royal Institute of Art’s student union is called Club Mejan. The union functions as both a trade union for the students and as a social club. Club Mejan works to make study time enjoyable, safe, and fun. The union organizes various types of social activities so that the students can meet pleasantly in different settings. In addition, Club Mejan speaks for students’ rights, and are represented in the Royal Institute of Art’s decision-making bodies, such as the board, various committees, and others.

Student union members also have access to several different benefits and discounts.

Contact the union:

Student Ombudsman

The student representative, or Ombudsman, takes responsibility for students’ rights when it comes to issues regarding work environment and education. This may include comments, thoughts or complaints that are in some way related to the education at the Royal Institute of Art. The Ombudsman ought also to be supportive about the psychosocial aspects of the study environment, and handle abusive behavior. The Ombudsman participates in meetings with institutions and can also act as support in disciplinary cases.

Contact student Ombudsman:


Scholarships in Several Categories

Each year, the Royal Institute of Art awards the following scholarships:

  • Three architecture scholarships
  • Two travel grants from Stiftelsen Stig Hedbergs scholarship fund
  • Financial aid from Tobison’s fund for graduating students. The fund is managed by SEB, and the Royal Institute of Art manages the annual return
  • A student is appointed to receive Brander’s scholarship, which is managed by the City of Stockholm
  • Travel- and residency-scholarship at the Brucebo Foundation, which is only awarded to students of the Royal Institute of Art. We announce and forward applications


Every autumn, the Royal Institute of Art announces Solstickefonden (‘The Solstickan Foundation’), which is managed by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and is a support-fund for students who have a disability, chronic illness, or likewise.

The Royal Institute of Art manages the funds from the Wilhelm Smith fund, which is a grant managed by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and is intended for the Royal Institute of Art’s students.

Other scholarships

Our students can apply for scholarships from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts every year. This announcement is usually made in late winter.

Our students can also apply (or, in some cases, be nominated) for a number of different scholarships during the academic year, such as the Fredrika Bremer Fund scholarship (for female students only), the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation scholarship, H.M. The King’s draughtsman scholarship (the Thinking Hand), the Fredrik Roos scholarship, and the Bror Hjorths scholarship.

Scholarships (pdf, Swedish)


Student Health Care

Our students can turn to Student Health for medical and psychological counseling for problems related to their study situation. For emergencies and other care, contact your nearest health care provider or general practitioner (GP). Student Health also offers courses for stress management and public speaking.

Student Health can be found in Studentpalatset (‘The Student Palace’) on Norrtullsgatan 2 (Odenplan metro). There, nurses, psychologists and social workers may be found. Visits are free of charge. There is both a drop-in reception and appointment service.

Work Environment and Safety

We actively work to create a good and safe work environment. We comply with current legislation, and have internal rules in place for the protection of students’ health, working environment, and safety.

All new students receive an introduction to good health and safety in the work environment, and are made aware of the risks which may exist in workshops and studios. Our property unit answers questions about safety, work with chemical products and substances (plastics, paints), ventilation, personal protective equipment (respiratory protection, protective gloves) and ergonomics.


The Royal Institute of Art ought to be a good work- and study-environment for everyone. People with disabilities ought to be able to work or study here on equal terms with others. The library helps students who have a reading disability to apply for an account for custom course literature through the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM).

Our goal is for all classrooms to be accessible to all students. Students who have a functional variation ought to be able to conduct their studies under the same conditions as other students. At the school, there is a studio adapted for students with physical disabilities. Before the start of the academic year, we send a survey to all new students about whether they have any individual special needs based on functional variation.