Dutch Student Union ranks Wageningen top for student rooms

Dutch Student Union ranks Wageningen top for student rooms

Maastricht drops in the ranking

31-03-2022 · News

NETHERLANDS. Wageningen has the best policy in the Netherlands when it comes to student housing, says the Dutch Student Union, LSVb. Maastricht, which was crowned 'best student accommodation city' two years ago, has dropped to the middle of the table. Rotterdam and Delft receive the lowest ratings of all.

Rents are shooting up, accommodation is in short supply, students have to go into debt to pay for a room, and every year many international students find themselves sleeping on a campsite in September.

So how are municipalities across the Netherlands dealing with problems like these? Wageningen has the best approach, the LSVb concludes. The student union calls the city one of the “healthiest housing markets” for students. If students are unable to move into rooms immediately, the municipality guarantees them housing by 1 May.

The LSVb has produced a national ranking, though it is not based on housing demand and rental prices alone. Cities are also scored on consultation, policy and the information they provide.

As a result, Amsterdam ends up in the middle of the table despite being notoriously expensive, while Utrecht shares second place. For the cheapest student rooms in the country, Enschede is the place to be. However, the city does not have a ‘rent team’ to advise students who find themselves being overcharged or dealing with a rogue landlord.

Maastricht scores particularly poorly in the category 'private sector'. According to the jury, the steps the municipality is taking here to solve the room shortage are too limited. "The city makes use of a quota and houses smaller than 110m2 cannot be subdivided, which makes that students cannot find housing everywhere," the jury report reads. "In addition, the city falls into the expensive segment for both total permit costs and the average room price."

Scores provided by the LSVb. Graphics by HOP

The LSVb is critical of two national trends. Students are not always free to live where they want, as some cities put a cap on the number of students in a given district. This tends to push students further and further out of town.

Cities are also adopting increasingly stringent rules to prevent homes being converted into student rooms. Some cities no longer issue any permits for this kind of conversion. This limits supply and drives up rents, the LSVb argues.

HOP, Bas Belleman / DV
Translation: Taalcentrum-VU

Author: Redactie

Photo: Loraine Bodewes

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