The student housing provider Idealis has incurred the wrath of many students now that it wants to switch to internet provider Ziggo. Above all, it is the lack of options that has annoyed a lot of residents.
In early May Idealis sent all the student residents concerned a personal survey in which they could vote for or against the Ziggo deal (television and internet for 15 euros a month). If 70 percent of the voters were in favour of the package, the students would join Ziggo before the end of the year. But according to students there was no question of a choice because if students living in a housing complex or individual accommodation refused the offer, their TV and internet connections would be cut off as of 1 January. Leaving residents to make their own arrangements, hampered by the fact that they would not be able to use Idealis’s existing cabling.
In practice, this means that in many housing complexes, such as the star flats, it is virtually impossible for residents to make their own internet arrangements. Students currently pay 5.35 euros for television and have free internet use via the university’s own network. These contracts expire at the end of this year. Idealis has sat down with various providers, including the university. According to the student housing provider, Ziggo offers the best package and a good connection at a very reasonable price.