Marjorie - KTH Royal Institute of Technology

M Architecture
Semester 2, 2011

Academic experience

I studied one semester of my Masters of Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden. It was incredible. I not only had the opportunity to live and be immersed in another culture, but also to study and participate in studios that are not offered at UQ. It was an eye opener seeing how other countries run their studios and the amazing work shops and international guests they have readily available to critique your work and offer advice.While I was amazed by the education they offered, the new friendships and the adventures that we had together is what I hold dearest.

Personal experience

Stockholm is an amazing city in its own right, and I was fortunate enough to make some life long friends to explore it with. The design and fashion scene in Stockholm is part of everyone’s life and is very evident in the immaculately dressed and groomed locals. Coffee is a huge part of the lifestyle, Stieg Larsson wasn’t exaggerating when in every chapter of the Millennium series they are drinking coffee or going for ‘fika’. There is an abundance of cute hole in wall coffee shops brewing up a storm and baking fresh kanelbulles daily.

Accommodation

I was lucky enough to be given accommodation in the campus called Lappis. It’s a beautiful old red brick campus surrounded by a lake and forest, which is filled with timid deer and beautiful wild life. The cleanliness of the common areas of course varied from corridor to corridor but it’s all part of having a communal kitchen and it’s just what you make of it. The best part was that it was a 10-minuet bike ride to KTH.

Highlights

I was presently surprised with the music scene, I had a preconception that because Scandinavia was a bit more ‘out of the way’ there wouldn’t be as many touring bands as you’d get in Europe. But a huge part of my life in Stockholm was going to Debaser or the Strand to see live music when ever possible. The drinking culture in Sweden is a little bit strange and very regulated but with the right company it’s not a major factor.

Top Tips

  • Explore the city by bike!
  • Head out to the Archipelago Islands and boat hike
  • Have herring at Södermalmstorg (outside Slussen Tunnelbanna)
  • See live music at Debaser
  • Check out the view and the islands from the top of Gondolen
Marjorie - KTH Royal Institute of Technology