International students must be better informed about the housing shortage in Groningen, says Alderman Roeland van der Schaaf (PvdA). The senior official for the city also made clear that the city of Groningen does not agree with the chairman of the RUG, Jouke De Vries (who made a series of untrue comments in an NRC interview last weekend).
Van der Schaaf was responding to questions from various political groups about the housing shortage among international students in Groningen when he made the comments: Councilor Sander Claassen (D66) was also critical of the situation. He said he was surprised by statements that the chairman of the RuG recently made in the NRC. Claasen accused him of being blind to reality, OOGTV Reports.
Van der Schaaf stated that from the beginning of this year, the municipality, RuG and Hanze University of Applied Sciences have been working together in unison to find a common solution. Every day people informed each other about the latest state of affairs and how things were going in the emergency shelter. Nevertheless, the alderman thinks that despite all the efforts there is still something to be gained. “We see that many students still came here in ignorance of the situation.”
RUG website severely understates situation
The University of Groningen’s own website has a somewhat milquetoast description of the housing situation in the City:
Screenshot (cropped) from the University of Groningen website, section ‘accommodation’