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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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As announced, there was a double birthday party on Saturday afternoon, 18 July.  Myrthe apped me: “Hello neighbors! I just wanted to let you know that on July 18 I celebrate our birthday in the garden with a friend. To avoid too much nuisance, we start already in the afternoon.” As it was a very nice weather on Saturday, the party started mid-afternoon and lasted till about 10:00pm. Meanwhile Pierre and I had drinks and dinner in the garden. And the garden is a continuous pleasure at the moment!

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It has been a while since I wrote about our neighbors at #217. In June there has been a migration of people all over the house: Friso and Tim, who lived in the sousterrain level, moved out and live now in Nijmegen East, a very sought after part of the city. Myrthe and her friend Jordy lived before on the ground level; now they live on the sousterrain level, and have the nice outside sit/work area and the lounge area. As only the ground level has a balcony at the backside, and the frontroom at the first floor a small balcony at the street side, the sit/work area and the lounge area at the sousterrain level are both popular with the other residents.

Myrthe had announced a double birthday party for Saturday, 18 July. However, on the evening of Friday 17 July there was quite a crowd gathered at the sousterrain level. There was amongst the people Friso, who handles the BBQ very well. At midnight the party was still going on, with loud conver-sations and music. At 12.15am I went over with my walker as this party had not been announced to the neighbors and went on over the time limit of midnight. I was very surprised to hear, that this was not a party of Myrthe, but a “Farewell -Welcome”-party for all the former and new residents at the house.

At 10:00am on Saturday 18 July a neighbor (resident & owner) from the oppo-site side of the “Nuisance Triangle” called at our door. He asked Pierre if Pierre had also heard the loud conversations and music. Pierre could only acknowledge that he had seen at around 11:00pm quite a crowd in the garden of #217, as Pierre had not seen me yet that morning, and did not know about my visit.

As we do not want to walk straight to the police, community police officer or neighborhood manager, but try to sort it out with the tenants first, I wrote a letter to all the residents, stating the rules which were kept by Friso and Tim. Students forget often, that there are also families living in this neighborhood. Just behind #217 lives a family with 2 very small children. They  are the first to feel/hear the nuisance. Their garden is just behind the lounge area of #217. But they keep far from the ongoing strugle private residences versus investment properties A copy of the letter went to the direct neighbors of #217 and the owner of the house.

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To kick off the week of festivities of the Walk of the World edition #103, there was a party on Saturdaynight at our neighbors. Picture: the day after… Yesterday the partyseason at the students’ accomodation next to us started. Friso Schmidt had ordered a new party tent of 3 x 3 meters, which covers the entire lounge area. There are three crates of Heineken beer visible, so there was at least a consumption of 3 x 24 bottles = 72 bottles @ 0.3 liters beer. No wonder that laughter and conversation became louder and more uncontrolled during the evening.

Although that the website of our newspaper published a picture of the festival area in Nijmegen-North (Lent). Crowded there too ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

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Probably there has been a contact between the house owner and the tenants. The green container has been placed on the parking of Graafseweg 215, so on the property of SSH&. Meanwhile the bag with the curious white (plastic???) pebbles is still on the ground and the pedastrian has to walk through it.

However, Nijmijgen City Community, the DAR (garbage collection service) and the Environment Council are busy with the case, as well as the owner of the student housing, SSHN. There will be an inspection next Monday.

But over the weekend we can enjoy this:

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People, who own a private house and live also in it, are not very amused when their (direct) neighbours are students or young people who may have studied in the past, but stay in their former student housing. SSHN / SSH& provides such housing in Nijmegen and Arnhem. Here is a quotation of their website. In the meantime, ordinary owners have to live with the nuisance.

 

 

 

  • SSH& is the premier student housing provider in Nijmegen & Arnhem…
  • …“SSH& is an active organisation that stands for good, affordable housing and the services associated with it for young students in Nijmegen and Arnhem as well as for related groups and individuals staying in these areas for short periods of time.”…
  • …the growing number of students without wealthy parents find decent rooms…. 
  • …SSHN primarily purchased townhouses in the popular neighbourhoods of Nijmegen Oost and Bottendaal as well as Nijmegen city centre for various student associations… 
  • …student living involves more than just renting a room…. 
  • …We provide the room & the student creates the wonderful experience inside it… 
  • …Students who are eagerly looking for housing in Nijmegen or Arnhem for the short or long term…

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Hatertseveldweg 140

The penthouse has an immense terrace, apparently fitted to place party tents on…

On 17 November 2018, at 12:09AM there was a huge party going on:

Nevertheless this appartment is also part of the “nuisance triangle”. And it was NOT the first time that the ladies had a party, with the women in smart dresses and the gents also smartly dressed. This time no tuxedo’s. The picture below gives an impression how packed we are around the nice inner gardens… 🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 😦

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Graafseweg 215

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The  official Society Student Housing Nimwegen (SSH&) owns about 1,500 houses and appartment buildings in Nimwegen. One of these (Graafseweg 215) is just similar to our house:  219.

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Dirt collection from private houses and companies is organised by a company, called DAR. The system is very easy (also for high educated students…): every week the Dar comes by; for us the Tuesday is the day. Alternating in weeks you put outside your green container, next week your bags containing plastic and separately remaining garbage. On the third Tuesday special vans collect the large blue container with paper.

Yesterday it was the green container day. The students discarded everything but the green container. I took these pictures at 8:20PM. The vans of the DAR passed by long ago. But they should be strict what to collect.

This is now the 3rd time that this happens at this particular house. I complained before by SSH&.

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Groningen

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The University of Groningen has asked its employees to house one or more students, writes The Newspaper of the North. There is a serious shortage of sleeping places, especially for international students. The University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the municipality of Groningen have joined forces in the fight against the lack of decent housing for (international) students. The three parties find it wrong that many students have trouble finding shelter. That is why employees are called upon to assist in sheltering those students. The employees were asked whether they have a room or another way of living space or a bed available. “Or do you like to offer temporary accommodation to an upcoming RUG student from abroad? Sign up voluntarily, “according to the e-mail to the employees. ,,From this situation it will be easier for the student to find a definite place.” According to the initiators, an expense allowance may be asked for the place to sleep, but no rent, says the mail.

PeerdApplication form
The registration form asks for, among other things, the availability of a room / bed and any wishes. The offered sleeping places are then compared with the wishes of the searching (international) students. “We will match the offers as much as possible with the demand from students and a student (first by telephone) to contact the provider,” said the promoters. To date, around 450 extra rooms have been created for (international) students. Temporary emergency relief has also been provided. Some students can sleep in a hotel boat or so-called sleep-in tents. Despite the call, it is expected that a fairly large group of students will not be able to find accommodation, according to the newspaper.

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Shortage

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.”

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More difficult
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. ”

Stable
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.”

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Second-year students
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.