The demand for student housing in the Netherlands will continue to increase in the coming years. This can completely be attributed to an increase in the number of international students studying in the Netherlands, according to the annual National Student Housing Monitor by the knowledge center for student housing Kences.

In the next eight years, the number of students living away from home is expected to increase by 4 percent, or 14,900 students. This increase is completely due to international students. The number of Dutch students living away from their parents is expected to decrease by 12,600 during this period, while the number if international students is expected to rise by 27,500. Dutch students have the option of staying with their parents while they study, international students don’t. Which means that more housing will have to be developed fro them, Kences director Paul Tholenaars said to NRC.

A group of people recently occupied a building on Akerkstraat in Groningen, to draw attention to the need for more student housing in the city, Dagblad va het Noorden reports. The police cleared them from the building on Thursday morning. Shortly before the police arrived, the group of students released a statement saying that they will leave the building. “We are pleased that, partly thanks to this action, we have put the student housing crisis on the [city council] agenda. We hope that the municipality will actually realize their intention to facilitate affordable and long-term accommodation for students”, they said.

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