Room shortage shrinks for a while
For the first time in years, the shortage of student housing is shrinking. But that is only temporary, warn student housing providers. Now that the basic grant is back, more students will want to live in student housing.
Since the introduction of the loan system in 2015, the proportion of Dutch students living away from home has fallen from 53 to 44 per cent. For almost half of students living at home, high room rents are the main reason for not moving into rooms, according to the new National Student Housing Monitor (website in Dutch). But now that the basic grant has been reintroduced, demand will grow rapidly, expects Kences, the branch organisation of social student housing providers.
The shortage of student houses has dropped from 27,000 to 23,700 since last year, but by 2030 it is expected to rise again to between 39,700 and 56,800. So every reason to keep building vigorously, Kences believes.
Incidentally, the total number of students living away from home in the Netherlands did rise compared to 2015-2016. This is because the Netherlands now has many more international students, almost all of whom live in rooms. Of all 754,500 students in the Netherlands, i.e. including internationals, 400 thousand are now living out.
In Amsterdam, Delft, Eindhoven, Leiden, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Den Bosch, Utrecht and Zwolle, the housing market for students is currently the tightest.