The municipality of Groningen wants to build 1,500 new housing units for students at the Zernike campus.
Translation by Traci White
Alderperson Roeland van der Schaaf told Dagblad van het Noorden that talks are underway with project developers. The plans are in response to the persistent housing shortage for students, especially foreign students: “There are still 44 international students living in temporary housing the hotel boat and a former school at the Metaallaan”, Van Der Schaaf told the paper.
The Groninger Internet Courant writes that the Hanze University of Applied Sciences recently called for additional housing at the campus during a recent hearing on the state of housing in Groningen. Van Der Schaaf now says that those plans are being pursued: there could be up to 1,500 permanent units available at the campus sometime after the 2019-2020 academic year.
That timing means that the shortage will remain an issue next year, so the universities will likely have to rely on temporary housing, such as the 250 container units at the Suikerunieterrein.
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