The Socialist Party faction on the Groningen City Council has proposed easing the housing crisis by housing the growing International student population at Zernike
The Chair of Groningen’s Socialist Party, Jimmy Dijk, has proposed “developing a large campus for international students at Zernike in Groningen. In this way you ensure good housing for the growing number of international students in Groningen and you ensure that the pressure on the housing market in the city decreases”. As reported by the GIC.
According to the SP, the increasing number of international students and the growing housing shortage now mean that a campus on Zernike has become a realistic alternative.
International students tend to stay in the city temporarily and feel less bound to the city, partially due to difficulties with housing. The thousand homes that the municipality now wants to build on Zernike are insufficient, according to the SP.
According to the SP, the municipality can and must develop and operate this campus itself so that the investment can pay for itself. The campus must provide housing for 5,000 international students.
According to the SP, the campus could accommodate 5,000 international students. At the moment, more than 10,000 international students and PhD’s live in Groningen. “Students are part of our city and society. We are building this campus for international students who are temporarily staying in Groningen. For students who want to stay in Groningen for a longer period of time, this will give more freedom to the offer of housing”, says Dijk.