The municipality of Groningen is doing everything it can to accommodate the growing number of international students. At the start of the coming academic year it will even use a former retirement home, vacant office space, a hotel boat, a former club and camp sites to provide them with a roof over their heads.
According to the Dagblad van het Noorden the municipality of Groningen, together with the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, want to prevent a recurrence of last year’s room shortage.
According to the municipality of Groningen, one of the reasons that the room shortage is so high for international students is the fact that the municipality relies on prognoses from the Student Housing Knowledge Center. But according to the municipality, these prognoses are continuously too low.
To solve the accute problem, 56 rooms will be housed in the former upscale retirement home Rikkers Lubbers on the Heresingel. Temporary housing will also be located in a former office of the North Netherlands’ Addiction Care Office (Verslavingszorg Noord-Nederland) at the Vondellaan, former Club Bedroom in the Oosterstraat and in a hotel boat in the Eems Canal.