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Students face bigger bills for a room, rents rise 12% in a year

Tuesday 19 June 2012

The cost to students of renting a room in the private sector has risen by an average 12.5% over the past year, according to figures from the Netherlands' largest accommodation agency, Kamernet.

In early 2011, students were paying an average €358 per month for a room. That average has now risen to €403, says Kamernet.

In 2008, when the agency first carried out its research, the price was around €329.

However, the number of rooms available in the private sector has increased by 28.2%. Housing organisations have also increased their student room supply, with 6,000 being built or under construction since last year.

Graduation

Kamernet says it thinks the price increase has to do with students graduating faster, in fear of their grants coming to an end or of a fine for taking too long. 'Some of them move back to their parent's home and landlords take the opportunity to raise rents,' Kamernet told the Volkskrant.

In a reaction, Pascal ten Have of student union LSVb told the paper that a 12.5% rise is 10% above inflation and makes renting a room financially impossible for a large group of students.

The LSVb says 30,000 to 60,000 extra rooms are needed to deal with the student housing shortage.

Rent tribunal

Minister Gerd Leers, standing in for home affairs minister Liesbeth Spies, said in a reaction students should complain to rent tribunals if they feel their rooms are too expensive.

The government is currently carrying out its own research into the cost of student accommodation which will be published in September, he said.

© DutchNews.nl



 
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Readers' comments (8)

"The LSVb says 30,000 to 60,000 extra rooms are needed to deal with the student housing shortage."

Or maybe the government should be socially responsible & stop so many international students coming at least until we have the resources to deal with them. All they care about is money I guess.

By Phil | June 19, 2012 9:06 AM


12% in one single year!! many of the inflationary cost increases here lately are unbelieveable to me. anyone's salary or income go up anywhere near 12% this past year? is this really sustainable - these huge increases in rent and food and health care?

By Bill | June 19, 2012 9:35 AM


@phil. The government gets a substantial grant from the EU for every EU student studying here. Those students cannot rent from housing corporations and are fleeced by local landlords. Dutch students can stay in housing corporation rooms or travel to other EU countries. Lack of housing has nothing to do with foreign students, but an outdated and neglected system. Universities here do not provide "Halls of Residence" nor care one iota about the accommodation issue. That is the issue, not the foreign students.

By jaycee | June 19, 2012 6:41 PM


@Phil: international (non-EU) students are not as many as that, and they usually pay hefty tuition fees that help universities cope with budget cuts.

@Bill: baseless rhetoric argument.

In any case, many students rent rooms on studentenhuizen managed by housing corporations.

By Andre L. | June 19, 2012 6:57 PM


@Phil: International students pay twice as much as Dutch students for housing. Sometimes they are even forced to rent an actual house among 4/5 people due to lack of housing or absurd rental costs.

International students also pay 10 times as much in tuition fees. With austerity on the rise and the budget cuts in Education, the Netherlands needs more international students, not limit them.

By Bob | June 20, 2012 6:42 AM


@Phil i don't understand why you are so against international students. Everyone, except the students with a scholarship, bring money from their own country into Netherlands - paying for food, rents etc. So why is that a bad thing?
Should every other country be "socially responsible" and send dutch students home on the first sight of economical problems?

By aninternational | June 20, 2012 9:12 AM


@jaycee- The grants we receive from the EU are funded with the money we are forced to give the EU in the first place.

@Andre L- Any country that cuts UNI funding is shooting themselves in the foot, also the NL has seen a rapid rise in international students.

@Bob- They are not forced to share houses as they are not forced to study here, besides if they rent a house they add to housing shortages. I think the NL needs less international students and should provide free education to people from rural areas.

By Phil | June 20, 2012 12:17 PM


@Phil: You just missed the point. International students are not the issue, in fact non-Europeans are the ones subsidizing the Dutch and European students. Blame Dutch people for electing myopic politicians that are bringing the country down, with stupid policies, that favour interest groups (e.g. insurance, housing corporations, etc.) and promote right wing agendas for a quick political win, playing always peopleĀ“s fears and prejudices. See the Spanish now, cannot even blame immigrants any more, in fact they are the ones fleeing away now, which by the way, is very likely to happen here if things keep going the way they are.

By Amalfitano | June 21, 2012 8:19 AM



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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