Samfundet is expanding!

The Student Society is finally expanding! On this website you will find relevant information about the project. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

What is the new building?

Nybygg – an additional new building extending by the eastern side of Samfundet – enable us to house more of our existing activity as a student organization. This extension will accommodate new concert stages, a black box, bars, cafés and work spaces. Increasing our capacity allows more activities for volunteers, more events for audiences and more space for other student organisations to use. The Nybygg-project has received necessary funding from NTNU, Velferdstinget, Trondheim Municipality and Sit – a sum of 140 million NOK. The price tag for Nybygg is estimated to be 215 million NOK and gathering remaining funds is still an ongoing process. Construction is scheduled to begin in november 2021, ending summer 2023.




The middleroom


Entrance klostergata


New Edgar

About the project

The Student Society in Trondheim (Samfundet) is the largest student society in the Nordic region, Norway's third largest concert organizer and the heart of the student city of Trondheim. The purpose of the community is to be a student's gathering place, a cultural institution and an arena for community engagement and debate. The organization works for its members, other students, the academic environment and the population in Trondheim. Samfundet received its current building in 1929 when there were 700 students in Trondheim. Now it is 37,000 students and the building is almost the same. Since the 60's, the organization has wanted to expand. By 2018, the physical framework is so limited that the organization does not meet its purpose. Therefore,Samfundet has decided to build on Fengseltomta east of the existing building.


Samfundet is owned and operated by its members without operating grants. This is unique in Norway. The development is calculated to cost 150 million NOK. Samfundet owns Fengselstomta and has a letter of intent with NTNU to sell that part of the residential area Samfundet itself should not build on. Samfundet is also in dialogue with the government and actors in the study city to secure funding.

Project Fases

The sketch project is ongoing during spring of 2020. The architects have submitted several draft drawings, where the Styringsgruppa, SNK and representatives from the active members of the Student Society have contributed to changes and improvements in the use and operation of the extension. For members, updated sketches can be seen and discussed at

Landfill in Nidelva

The area north of the main building at Gløshaugen is partly characterized by quick clay in the ground. The community has been leading the effort to secure the area from the prison grounds to the border. Fall 2018, the Society received financial support from the municipality and NTNU to implement the initiative with a backfill / park along the Nidelva River. The regulation for the backfill is planned to be processed in June 2019. Samfundsmøte; H8ers 16.11.19 approved establishment of a backfill in Nidelva with a budget of 19.5 million NOK. The background for this proposal can be found here. The excavation and filling work starts at the end of February / March 2020.

Room and functionality program

During the autumn of 2018, the committee worked on examining a room and functionality program that will be the starting point for the sketch-project and further design of the new building. The different solutions are described in the results of the research committee of room and functionality program. It also contains a recommendation on behalf of the New Building Committee. All approaches, as well as the committee's own analyses are the basis for assumptions about future use, and thus the need, in the new building. Utredning for rom- og funksjonsprogram The report was presented at Samfundsmøte; Ytringsfrihetens grenser with a proposal for a resolution one week later during Samfundsmøte; Er Gud død?. The voting resulted in further project being based on the committee's proposal 3. The discussion about the proposals and the voting can be seen on YouTube.

Parallel Assignment

The evaluation committee's report can be read here. The purpose of the parallel assignment was to provide suggestions for concepts for a new building that can be further processed. The parallel assignment were no competition. The proposals have been assessed by a separate evaluation committee.

Here are the contributions from the parallel assignment;

  • Du store verden - Skibnes arkitekter
  • Sceneskifte - Eggen arkitekter
  • Merry Glow Red - Pir II arkitekter
  • These concepts were discussed at Samfundsmøte; Samfundet bygger ut.

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    Name Email
    Trygve Poppe Leader
    Simen Vestad Process Leader
    Mathilde Meling Studentmediene
    Ivar Haugland Operating
    Brede Haugland Serving
    Emil Castillo Arranging
    Helene Rollheim Melby Scene Technical
    Nikolaus Wieland Board member
    Hanne Daltveit Artisic
    Elise Anfinsen SKP