In its struggle to deal with the housing shortage, student housing provider Idealis is tightening up the rules on room allocation. Priority will no longer be given to those living a long way from Wageningen.
All students will be able to register free of charge from 1 January. The allocation of rooms will be based on the registration date: first come first served. 'We are appealing to people's own sense of responsibility. It costs little effort and no money to resister', says Van Medenbach. People tend to dramatize the accommodation shortage a bit, he feels. 'If you live all the way in Zierikzee and you register late, you can also rent a room in a neighbouring village or town and bus in from there for a couple of months until you get a room in Wageningen.'