Students in university towns will have a total of 16,000 extra rooms by 2013. Student housing providers and property developers have reached an agreement with the government.
To ease the construction of these housing units, the government and the various municipalities will reduce the number of building regulations. Converting office space into student accommodation will become easier, and the minimum area of a room will be lowered from 24 to 18 square metres. In addition, land-use plans can be put on hold for ten years instead of five in order to fulfil a requirement for temporary housing. This extension will benefit property owners who want to use their premises for temporary housing. To improve room allocation to international students, the government will draw up a new rental form: the short stay contract. According to prognoses, the number of students in the Netherlands will keep increasing in the coming years.
How many extra units these measures will bring about in Wageningen is still unknown. Idealis will build student units at Rijnsteeg and in Kortenoord, and is looking into the construction of 150 student units and office space on the former Van de Kolk location in the centre of Wageningen. However, Idealis is not interested in building four hundred student units on Wageningen campus. As such, the university is negotiating with other parties to build these units.