The large, Gelderland student cities of Wageningen and Nimwegen are faced with a considerable shortage of rooms. Especially those who want to study in Wageningen have to take long waiting lists into account. The shortage is constantly increasing, is the expectation. One year after their enrollment, around 175 students are still on the waiting list at Idealis in Wageningen, with some 5,000 rooms being the largest student housing provider. They started studying in academic year 2017/2018, but are still without a room. “Last year we already had some students who did not have a room after a year. But not that much. Until a few years ago almost everyone had a room before 1 May. It shows that the pressure on the chamber market continues to grow, ” said spokesman Hellen Albers. In total, Idealis received 2,058 enrollments for the past academic year. “These are also students who enrolled, but were not sure of their study city.”
The expectation is that it will be increasingly difficult to find a room in Wageningen in the coming years. The number of students at Wageningen University is now rising to around 15,000 students in 2022/2023, according to forecasts of some 12,000. There are not so many homes: Idealis expects that around 1,000 residential units will be added in that year. ,, We do what we can and have various locations. Due to the increase in the number of students, the tension between supply and demand will worsen. ” The number of students living away from home has increased considerably in recent years in Wageningen. Ten years ago, according to the latest National Student Housing Monitor, there were still about 4,700, two academic years ago 7,400. A very different effect is observed by Idealis in Ede. There the demand has just declined and the market is ‘very relaxed’. Albers: ,, As the number of students living away from home in Ede is decreasing, it is increasing in Wageningen. ”
Just as in Wageningen, there is also much more demand in the Nimwegen market than supply. Even though the pressure is according to student accommodation provider SSH&, which has around 6,400 rooms and 35 percent of the room market, ‘stable’ in recent years. Nearly all first-year students who enrolled before the start of their studies had a room in May or June, says manager Vincent Buitenhuis. ,, Students who have to travel for a long time and therefore get priority, have a room for Christmas. Those who live closer always at the end of the first year. ” The accommodation provider has about 2,000 to 2,500 homes available every year from the 6,400 rooms in Nimwegen. More than 3,000 students register annually with the accommodation provider. “Many students find something on the private market.”
According to Buitenhuis, a new problem forms students who only go to rooms in their second year. “There are more and more. The problem is that they are not allowed to use our priority rules. First-year students and students with travel urgency go ahead, which puts second-year students in trouble and has to wait longer. That can take two years. We look at what to do with the rules. ” In Arnhem, pressure on the chamber market is in balance, according to the latest figures from the National Student Housing Monitor. Only 6,000 students live in rooms there, compared with around 19,000 in Nimwegen. The SSH&, which owns nearly 10 percent of the market, sees an increase in demand. Buitenhuis: ,, That is why we are going to build 140 units so that we will have 600 rooms in the future. The fact that students quickly find a room also comes from the many private providers. ”
Note: SSH& used to be SSHN, meaning: Society Student Housing Nimwegen.