Student - September 5, 2019

Room shortages ease off, more students live at home

Text:
Albert Sikkema

The room shortage among Dutch students in Wageningen seems to have eased off. A survey by Resource during the Annual Introduction Days shows that more first-year Bachelor’s students are continuing to live with their parents.

One group of students put up tents next to the Forum this week in protest at the room shortages.

©Luuk Zeegers

Like last year, Resource asked AID participants if they wanted a room in Wageningen and whether they already had one. The questionnaire was filled in by 370 Dutch first-year Bachelor’s students. 82 per cent (300) wanted a room straight away in Wageningen. Of that group, 55 per cent had already found permanent accommodation and 10 per cent had a sublet. Nearly 35 per cent had still not found a room. Most of the people in this group were commuting from their parents’ home for the time being, sometimes travelling four to five hours a day. Some were able to lodge with friends in Wageningen or nearby.

18 per cent of the first-years are not looking for a room in Wageningen as yet. Most prefer to live at home and don’t have any problem with the travelling. A minority find the accommodation in Wageningen too expensive.

The figures suggest that the room shortage in Wageningen is easing off slightly: in last year’s Resource survey, 38 per cent of those looking for a room had not yet found one. This seems to be partly because more first-years are opting to live at home for the time being: 18 per cent this year compared with 14 per cent last year.

There is a debate at the moment in the municipality of Wageningen about parents who buy a house or flat for their child at university. The survey shows this is not a widespread phenomenon: only three of the 370 respondents live in a place their parents have bought for them.

Read too the article on p.27: ‘Villa residents block students’

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  • Stevie

    Dit artikel meldt weinig over het lot van de buitenlandse studenten. Idealis mag dan bijna alle lege kamers proberen te reserveren voor nieuwe internationale studenten, maar zijn er voor die groep inderdaad voldoende kamers? En hoe zit het met internationale studenten die hun 2e of 3e jaar ingaan? En met PhD studenten - met name degenen die hier 3 maanden komen en dan weer voor 3 maanden terug gaan? En met internationale PhD studenten die hier graag met hun gezin willen wonen? Vergeet ook niet de dames die hier een PhD doen en zwanger raken. Die staan gewoon op straat en mogen het al jaren gewoon zelf uitzoeken! Ik zou ook eens een kritische beschouwing willen zien in Resource over het beleid van de gemeente Wageningen. Terecht als overlast wordt aangepakt en huisjesmelkers dingen in de weg worden gelegd, maar ontmoedigt de gemeente met het ingevoerde vergunningsstelsel en de negatieve communicatie er omheen niet dat de al dan niet gemiddelde Wageninger nadenkt over het aanbieden van een kamer aan een behoeftige student?


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