0677-Student housing

Casa “The Excavators.”

Cadastre data: Graafseweg 239, 6531 ZS, Nijmegen; section Hatert M 755; Owner: Real Estate Malden (which owns also student houses 223 – 237), purchased  in 1999 for Dutch guilders 356,000 (€152,016).

Joost de Lange (19) lives with nine other housemates in a cozy house on the Graafseweg. In a typical student house and with so many people under one roof, there is something everywhere: empty bottles of liquor, stacked dishes and things lying around here and there. We were allowed to take a digital look at casa “The Excavators.” Nothing is necessary, everything is allowed. They have no obligations. But that does not mean they are averse to a house party here and there, a drink at the bar in their huge garden or an extensive dinner in the hallway. Due to the corona crisis, they mainly depend on each other. Joost explains: “We do a lot of fun things together: rollerblading, yoga, being creative and chilling in the garden. But there is certainly also the space to withdraw and do your own thing. We all have occasional needs for that ourselves.”

Excavators?
Student houses often come up with a nice name for their home. “At first we didn’t really have a name. It was quite a challenge to come up with something nice, we wanted it to have something to do with where we live. After a big brainstorm, we turned it into “The Excavators”. After all, we are all machines because we work very hard and live on the Graafseweg.”

All over the place
Everyone has their own room, but we actually chill everywhere and nowhere. Some roommates like to study together and have converted one room into a UB, we often use the rooms that are the largest as a living room and in good weather we can always be found in our relaxed garden of sixty square meters. Every now and then we sit in our communal living room, but it is often so dirty that we prefer to sit in someone’s room.”

“Corona Wall”
“When we are together, things are often called idle things. Since there are so many crazy statements made, we just made a list of them. The idea was expressed during quarantine, which is why the wall has been given this name.” The corona wall is already pretty full of student-like statements like, “Even the dotted area is closed” and “I’m going home with the ambulance or I’m not going.” “Little by little we extend the wall further, but in a short time there is already quite a bit on it.”

Home made bar
With such a large garden it is no punishment to be stuck together.  “Especially now that we are at home a lot, we often sit here all together. We will soon be putting our swimming pool back on and recently we have also been regularly at our home-made bar.” They have put together the unit – as they call it – all by themselves. It actually started as a joke. Because of the quarantine we are at home a lot and we wanted to sit more in our garden. A housemate then arranged wood and assembled the bar with a few people. “So far we have benefited greatly from it. In good weather we like to drink a cold beer at the bar or relax in the sun in our sunbeds.”

Garden room
Joost’s room is located in the basement and is adjacent to the garden. “I can mainly be found here while studying. But most of the time I am in a roommate’s room, it is always cozy there. ”Several hats hang on Joost’s wall. “I have many and am therefore known as the hatter of the house. I even got a sombrero from a roommate, so you know it.” On his wall hangs a canvas with animals from Namibia. “My parents love to travel, so we took us to the most beautiful places in the world from an early age. I always bring something as a souvenir. I also brought a book from Thailand and received a sash as a gift at a restaurant in Colombia.”

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