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Amsterdam’s knowledge institutions and social housing associations have teamed up to draw the municipality’s attention to the large shortage of student accommodation in the city. At the beginning of 2018, the shortage amounted to around 12,000 rooms for students. In addition to their appeal to the municipality, the institutions have also agreed to increase their own efforts to reduce this major shortage.


High-quality education and high-quality accommodation offer talented students a wealth of opportunities. Coalitie Kennisstad has asked the municipality to devote more attention to the large shortage of student accommodation. The coalition has outlined its concerns in a manifesto:

According to the Coalitie Kennisstad, 2,000 additional student rooms costing up to 410 Euros to rent (the housing allowance limit for young people up to the age of 23) are required annually. This can be achieved through new-build accommodation and innovative rental concepts in existing buildings, e.g. 'friends’ contracts' in social housing around the campuses. Addressing the issue of student accommodation in the city is crucial for the international growth of the knowledge institutions and, consequently, for the economic, social and cultural enrichment of the city.

Call to Amsterdam City Council

Coalitie Kennisstad desperately needs more affordable accommodation for students and knowledge workers. Coalitie Kennisstad urges Amsterdam City Council to pay greater attention to student accommodation in its Woonagenda 2025. Amsterdam deserves it.

Student accommodation annually  
Existing shortfall for Dutch students *) 600
Replacement of temporary units in Amsterdam 400
Increase in demand as a result of strong growth in internationalisation 1000
Total additional units required annually 2000

*)  In addition to a slight increase in Dutch students, there was an existing shortfall of 12,000 units in 2016. This will be offset in part by the 2014 – 2018 action programme.
Published by Coalitie Kennisstad on 16 April 2018


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About Coalitie Kennisstad

Coalitie Kennisstad comprises the University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam University of the Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, De Key and DUWO (the latter two are housing associations that specialise in student accommodation).