Student - 19 september 2019

‘I sleep on a couch in Droevendaal’

tekst:
Luuk Zegers,Anne van der Heijden

The room shortage in Wageningen may have decreased but there are still a few unlucky students with no fixed abode. They have to stay with someone, camp or commute for hours every day. Three of the ‘homeless’ tell us about it.

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Alon Rapaport (26), a Plant Sciences exchange student from Israel.

‘I came here one month ago and I don’t have a room yet. First I stayed with a friend in Ede for a week and a half. After that I subrented a room in Droevendaal for five days. Even though a room became available there, I couldn’t stay because they were looking for a girl. For a little while, I could share the room with the girl I was subrenting from. Now I am sleeping on the couch at another house in Droevendaal.

People tell me not to worry, and I know I will find something in the end. The only question is when, where and how. The worst thing about it is the uncertainty. I would rather know I’ve got to camp in a tent for a month than have no idea where I will end up.’

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Julia Löhr (18), first-year Bachelor’s student of Environmental Sciences

‘I am still living with my parents in Deventer, but I am working hard on finding a room. I really want to live in Wageningen because otherwise I spend four hours a day travelling. I’ve already been to five ‘selection visits’ in student houses, and I’ve got two more this evening.

Luckily I don’t have to go up and down by train every day. I joined Nji-Sri student society and if there’s a party or event I can always stay with someone. And sometimes I can get a lift from Deventer with two other students who go by car now and then. That only takes three quarters of an hour. I’ve just pass my driving test myself and I think I’ll be able to borrow my parents’ car occasionally. But mainly, I hope I find a room soon.’

Ruben Knevelbaard (18), first-year Bachelor’s student of Biology

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‘As soon as I knew I would be coming to Wageningen, I said so on room.nl and started looking. Sometimes I was number 100 or 200 in the queue. Nowadays I’m usually about number 20. That’s better but there are still 19 others with a better chance. During the AID, I wanted to camp at the AID campsite. My parents said, maybe you can stay at a real campsite and stay there longer. So now I’ve got my family’s caravan at the Wielerbaan in Wageningen-Hoog. Having a shower or going to the loo is not very comfortable as you have to go outside. But otherwise it’s very doable: I have a comfortable bed and a heater. And I’m not the only student here so it’s quite sociable. But I do hope to have a room before the winter.’


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