Finding student housing in this Dutch city is almost impossible (and no, it’s not Amsterdam)

Textbook student troubles 🙃

It’s pretty, popular and perfect for students — until it comes to finding housing. The shortage of student homes in Utrecht is increasing, and the council fears it’s only going to get worse.

Utrecht is already one of the most expensive cities for students, but it’s taking more than just their money. It’s taking months to find somewhere to live.

Councilor Dennis de Vries writes that the lack of spaces available is worrying, especially compared to previous years.

A shortage of 10,000 student homes is on the cards by 2030, the AD shares.

Why is it getting worse?

Aside from housing generally being WAY less affordable, students are also struggling because of, well, other students.

READ MORE | 5 things to know about the Dutch student housing crisis

The high costs and lack of spaces make it harder for graduates to move on, and as many as 22% are still living in student rooms after three years.

De Vries also believes the increasing shortage is largely due to the rise of international students, who are set to double by 2030.

That’s despite indications from the city’s universities that they want to attract fewer foreign students to study there.

Hope for a solution

Students might joke about living in the library, but the municipality is working on ways to create more space for them before this becomes a reality.

READ MORE | 11 creative solutions to the Dutch student housing crisis that makes us say “Why didn’t we think of that?”

One increasingly popular solution is hospitaverhuur (landlady rental), where students live in the same house as the landlord.

But if that’s a bit too close for comfort, the temporary housing project Pagelaan will also be completed this year, making space for around 100 students.

What do you think about Utrecht’s student housing shortage? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lottie Gale 🇬🇧
Lottie Gale 🇬🇧
Lottie joins DutchReview as an editorial intern after gaining a Bachelor’s in English from her native England. She continues to pursue all things literature in her MA Literature Today at Utrecht University. She is loving life here, and the ever-looming rainclouds often make it feel like a home from home. Lottie arrived to complete her studies and hone her writing skills — she’ll stay for the Dutch tranquility, tulips and tompouce.


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