Appeal: build 2000 affordable student residences each year

Letter to the Amsterdam's municipal executive informateur

16 April 2018

Knowledge institutions including the UvA, VU, AUAS, AHK, GRA and student housing providers DUWO and de Key have appealed informateur Maarten van Poelgeest to consider the severe shortage of student housing in Amsterdam.

The City of Knowledge Coalition (Coalitie Kennisstad) has addressed a letter to Maarten van Poelgeest, municipal executive informateur, in which it made an urgent appeal for him to put the severe shortage of student accommodation on the agenda of the coalition talks aimed at appointing the new Amsterdam College of Mayor and Alderpersons to be formed from the recently elected City Council. Jan Lintsen, member of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), is among the signatories.

Specific action

Amsterdam’s knowledge institutions and student housing corporations made a call to action in a pamphlet as early as May last year. As students are vital to the city’s development, affordable housing is needed to attract them. In a joint show of support for the initiative, the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam School of the Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and the social housing associations DUWO and De Key have proposed three specific measures to address the severe shortage of student housing:

  1. Increase the supply of affordable student housing
  2. Invest in replacing temporary student housing
  3. Increase flatshare capacity in the current stock of social housing and other housing for students around knowledge institution campuses.

Working together

The participants of the City of Knowledge Coalition have invited the new City Council to lend its support to structurally increase the supply of affordable student accommodation.

Published by  University of Amsterdam