Planning of premises, furnishings and rent

Umeå University does not own its premises but has university-wide rental agreements with property owners. The rental system, rental negotiations, new developments and refurbishments as well as renegotiations of existing lease agreements are managed by the University’s Property Managemement Office.

The University's properties are mostly owned by Akademiska Hus, Baltic Gruppen and Västerbotten County Council. The Property Management Office leases premises on behalf of the University and also plans and organises new developments, redevelopments and refurbishments. The faculties, departments and offices rent their premises from the Property Managment Office.

Planning of premises, refurbishments and operational adjustments

When a department or office is in need of new or larger premises, it is the responsibility of the heads of departments or offices to contact the Property Management Office.

Additional information about university-wide investment plans in new developments, redevelopments, renovations, refurbishments and equipment can be found in the University Board's decision on allocation of resources.

The Vice-Chancellor makes the final decision in all important matters relating to the University's premises.


Purchases of new furnishings are individually financed by the relevant department or office. Departments or offices wishing to purchase new furnishing should refer to the supplier's catalogue for details of suppliers contracted by the University. The Property Management Office can also give advice and assist with the purchasing of new furnishing.

The University keeps supplies of secondhand furniture. If you would like secondhand furniture delivered to your workplace, please make a request using the Furniture inquiry form.


The rental fees payable are established once a year by the University Board and are calculated based on the size of the premises rented. The internal rent includes:

  • Refurbishment of shared premises
  • Data and telecommunications networks
  • Safety system (alarms, access control, etc.)
  • Existing furnishings and equipment.

Maintenance and purchase of new furnishings and equipment are not included.

Collaborations and the Work Environment Committee

The Work Environment Committee (AMK) is a statutory committee tasked with participating in the planning of the University's work environment activities and following up the implementation. AMK must carefully follow the development of issues concerning the prevention of ill health and protection against injury and promote satisfying work environment conditions.

The design of the University's premises hugely impacts our work environment. The role of the Work Environment Committee is therefore increasingly important in all matters concerning the premises. Once a year, the head of the Property Management Office provides an overview of all projects planned for the University's premises. The Work Environment Committee is also informed of any planned new developments and redevelopment projects.

The planning of new development and redevelopment projects is also considered and discussed by the Central Collaborative Group (CSG) and the Faculty Collaborative Group (FCG).

Find out more

The Premises Provisions Plan (Lokalförsörjningsplan) not only provides a summary description of the University's need for premises. It is also a strategic policy document for planning premises and suports the optimisation of premises used by Umeå University.

secondhand furniture

The University keeps supplies of secondhand furniture. If you would like secondhand furniture delivered to your workplace, please make a request using this form: Furniture inquiry

Contact information

Frida Fjellström