News - August 14, 2014

PhD students want apartments

Roelof Kleis

Wageningen needs to build more accommodation suitable for PhD students. This means, above all, furnished self-contained two-room apartments.

This came out of a study on the accommodation wishes of Wageningen PhD stu­dents carried out by Wageningen UR, Idealis, the town council and the PhD Council. Wageningen has more than 1600 PhD students. One striking finding is that the students’ preferences depend on where they come from. Most African PhD students, for instance, are happy with just one room. Asians and South Americans prefer to have two rooms, while Europeans (including the Dutch) want three rooms. Overall, three quarters of the PhD students   are quite satisfied with their current accommodation, although four out of ten think it is expensive.