Come October, there will be 249 new temporary housing units available for international students in Groningen. The units will be built on the site of the former Suikerunie sugar factory on the west side of the city.
The project is a result of an intensified cooperation between the municipality of Groningen, the University of Groningen and the Hanze University to house the growing number of international students in the city. Together, they aim to realise 500 to 1,000 extra housing units, including the 249 that will now be built on the Suikerterrein.
The residential units will be developed and rented out by STOH BV, a cooperation between a number of companies that are already located at the Suikerterrein. The municipality is contributing 600,000 euros to the project.
The units on the Sugar Terrain will be available in October and should remain there for 10 years at most. It has been agreed with STOH BV that students who will start their studies in September and want to reside at the Suikerterrein will be temporarily accommodated elsewhere until the units are completed.
The application process will start in August on AtHomeinGroningen.com, a site developed by the municipality to help international students find their way on the local housing market. It was recently updated with the addition of a supply and demand tool for student housing.
More news about the application process will be announced over the course of the summer at AtHomeinGroningen.com and The Northern Times.