MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht City Council expects that by next year there will be sufficient accommodation for students. On top of the annual maximum of 120 rooms or studios in the private sector, there will be another 252 prefabricated apartments in Randwyck, as well as - recently announced - 127 flats in the former office building Europahave in Heer. With this, the city is exceeding the required number of 485.
This number was agreed last summer in the so-called Student Housing Programme (Woonprogrammering Studentenhuisvesting). Over the next six years, the municipality is expecting a total increase of 2,900 units.
The permit procedure for Europahave has been completed. The permit for the apartments on the site of the former sports hall in Randwyck is still pending. The project consists of new apartments that will be ‘prefabricated’ in a factory owned by C3-living in Panningen. They consist of two separate rooms with joint facilities such as shower and kitchen. The units will be put in place for ten years.
The City Council has a number of additional building plans in the pipeline: two office buildings on the Bassin and a building on Hertogsingel 83 (a total of 266 permanent apartments).
At the same time, other ideas have been dropped. The renovations of the former office buildings on the Gebroeders Hermansstraat and the Franciscus Romanusweg have been cancelled, a spokesperson said.
What about Randwyck, where the city intends to allocate space to large-scale campus-like facilities? Alderman Vivianne Heijnen recently shared the news with the City Council that housing corporations and a number of ‘partners in the area’, including them Maastricht University, had carried out an “initial exploration”. That development is still very much in the early stages.
The provisional student count in October shows that the UM has grown by 5.5 per cent in 2019 (last year the number of enrolled students rose by 3.6 per cent). That is considerably more than the average of 3 per cent upon which the City Council bases itself. According to Heijnen, these surges in growth have been taken into account as they are a result of developments such as the introduction of new study programmes at the UM. “We have no indications that this growth in student numbers at the beginning of this academic year has led to problems in terms of searching for accommodation.”