International students are being put up in Ede. Substantial additions are being made to the number of rooms for students.
The other temporary accommodation location for this group, the more than forty units above the Albert Heijn supermarket at Stadsbrink, is also nearly finished. In addition, the first 51 units on Haarweg road are due to be delivered mid September. The remaining 102 temporary rooms at this site will follow later in the autumn.
The university has also concluded an agreement with Hof van Wageningen to rent the Brink Residence for the next five years. A total of 186 international students will be moving into 120 separate rooms in the Brink Residence this autumn. Furthermore, international students will be able to make use of the Landal holiday park in Hoenderloo over the next few months during the peak period. There are still negotiations underway to acquire another 150 extra rooms, says University spokesman Simon Vink. 'Then we hope we'll have enough rooms to house all the international students', he says.
There is also an acute shortage of housing for Dutch students. The student accommodation provider Idealis currently has 1,449 Dutch students on its waiting list. That may be forty less than last year but Idealis does not expect all the students who have applied to have a room by 1 May next year. It did manage that deadline last year.
So many students will have to commute for the time being. Various private providers, including Hoogstede, will be making a total of 120 additional rooms available for the Dutch student market in Wageningen, says Vink. Students are now looking for rooms in a wide radius around Wageningen, including such towns as Veenendaal and Lunteren.