Sustainable Study Life

Sustainable Study Life consists of several parallel and locally anchored, student-run projects, that are placed at selected educations. The purpose of the project is to create dialogue and cohesion amongst the students within their fields of study in order to break down preconceived notions of an unhealthy performance culture characterised by dissatisfaction and stress.

Simultaneously the businesses representing future employers’ function as role models with the purpose of clarifying their expectations for the students, with a focus on how a healthy study environment will lead to a healthy work life.

Why Sustainable Study Life?

A study satisfaction survey amongst students at the University of Copenhagen shows that 47% of the students have experienced physical stress symptoms in their everyday life and up to 69% have felt it in the exam periods. This is a tendency that is neither in the interest of the university, the students nor the future employers.

We know that many students wish to be involved in creating a more sustainable culture around their studies, but they don’t know how to approach it. At the same time, they also have an understanding of their future careers in a work culture, where only the top grades and studying 50 hrs per week will lead to a successful and happy career.

At the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at the University of Copenhagen they have “Pusterummet” (“The Breathing Room”), a student run association that for instance offers mentor programs with the purpose of creating a better culture around studying and limit stress among the students. Pusterummet have been operating for 2 years and are creating a broad involvement and remarkable results for the students.

How can we make the study life sustainable?

With this project we wish to contribute to a cultural change towards a healthy study culture for students at higher educations in Denmark. Our focus is establishing student-run mentor programs inspired by Pusterummet and with roots in the local challenges at the individual educations.

The project is a collaboration between Studenterhuset and Studenterrådgivningen and will in the first phase consist of student-run mentor programs at the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

The experiences from the first two mentor programs will be collected as a manual for how student-run projects focusing on student satisfaction and stress prevention amongst students can be spread to other educations.

The first mentor programs start in the spring of 2019 and will run for a two-year period.

Do you have any questions?


Sara Jensen


Sustainable Study Life is a part of Studenterhuset’s Laboratory for Social Engagement, funded by Tuborgfondet and Københavns Universitet.