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 ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦
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.
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…
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… 🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 😦
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.
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&.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
In the night from 15 July on 16 July I awoke because of an immense noise of a party, which took place on the balcony of a house at the Hatertseveldweg 140. Ladies in evening dress and men in suits with black tie AT THREE O’CLOCK AM. The party lasted at least till 04:00am, because then I fell asleep. The following morning at 11:00am the (half dressed) party-gang was already busy evaluating the feast of the night before. I went over to neighbor Peter to ask him if he had heard the noise also. He had not. Peter and Marie sleep two levels lower than Pierre and I. However, Peter told me that the appartment recently was hired by two young ladies. As I was too angry about the very unsocial behaviour of the people, Peter went alone over to the ladies. He explained to them that any noise on balconies and in gardens was kept in the inner garden of all the houses in the nuisance triangle. Thus, because both the Graafseweg and Hatertseveldweg are elevated roads, creating an immense surface with sousterrain floors and large gardens. The ladies had no idea of that and promised to take consideration in future.
Our neighbors Friso and Tim announced about 6 weeks ago a Midsummer Party for June 23, 2018. The eventual noise nuisance would last till midnight. And after their promise, with their neighbor Luke at the side of the DJ, the party ended prompt at midnight. The whole gang went afterwards to the city center, to continue the party till 04:00AM.
This morning -Sunday, 13 May- a very noisy group of young people were still outside on the premises of Graafseweg 213-B, on the lower ground level. At 12:20am I went over to the group, and asked who the host/hostess of the party was. A young lady indicated her front door, saying “We shall put the volume of the music lower”. At 12:50am I woke up by the noise of the party still going on, with loud conversations and laughter. I was annoyed being woken up, and decided to record the incident. Here a very short (45 seconds) impression:
When I went to the St Stephan church -11:10am- to do my volunteer work, the following picture of “the remainders of the night before” were this:
When I was taking the picture of “the remainders”, a neighbor (Graafseweg 215) asked me if there were problems. When I told him of what happened in the early morning, he told me, that he has had a note, saying, that the party should last till 02:00am max.
The definition “neighbor nuisance” is hard to get:
Dutch law refers to the city laws.
City laws are complex, so I called the Nimwegen police.
The police informs me, that -as soon as I feel nuisance of neighbors- they will send an officer, no matter what hour of the day.
The police says: each individual has it’s own interpretation of “nuisance”, so they take it always seriously.
Strict hours for neighbor nuisance are nowhere stated, e.g. from 10:00pm till 07:00am.