Shack housing (Keetwonen) Amsterdam student housing


“Keetwonen”( = living in a shack ) is the name of the biggest container city in the world. Still today this is unique project. Living in a converted shipping container was a new concept in the Netherlands when launched by Tempohousing, but the city of Amsterdam took the courageous step to contract Tempohousing to go and realize it. It turned out to be a big success among students in Amsterdam and it is now the second most popular student dormitory offered in Amsterdam. The initial fears of some people that the container homeswould be too small, too noisy, too cold or too hot, are all not correct: : they turned out to be spacious, quiet and well insulated and certainly offer value for money, compared to other student homes in the city. They also come complete with a3amenities often missing in other student dormitories: your own bathroom and kitchen, balcony, separate sleeping and study room, large windows that provide daylight and a view and even an automatic ventilation system with variable speeds. The heating is from a central natural gas boiler system. The hot water for the shower is supplied by one 50 liter tank per home and a high speed internet connection is included, as well as a a2central audio phone system for visitors at the main door downstairs. The whole project was designed with an eye on how students like to live: a place for yourself, not having to share the shower and the toilet with strangers, but at the same time lots of possibilities to participate in the social life of the dormitory, including the many parties that come with being a student. The blocks have a closed off internal area for safe bicycle parking. Although the project was initially meant to only stay on this site for 5 years (and to be relocated after that – container homes are ideal for that, you move and you take your house with you!), it is recently decided that the project will be dismantled in December 2016. The project started at the end of 2005 (first 60 homes commissioned) and was completed mid 2006.

a4Shack housing project for sale!

The project is now put up for sale! The city of Amsterdam terminated the land lease. The containerhomes of this project will be sold per building or as a whole. In total 1000 student homes are for sale and they are available for pick up in January 2018. Go to www.keetwonenforsale.com for more information.

For students:

Are you currently studying, or planning on studying in the area of Amsterdam and are you looking for a room or house? Tempohousing is not responsible for the rental of the student housing. For rental options, go to www.studentenwoningweb.nl

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