It’s no secret that finding student accommodation in the Netherlands is a struggle, especially for international students. As the figures reveal that hundreds of international students have started the new academic year without accommodation, the students called on their Dutch counterparts to open applications to all students, not just Dutch students.
Hundreds of students in Groningen were left homeless
Figures released by the voluntary organization Shelter our Students reveal that in Groningen alone, hundreds of international students have been left homeless and, despite the fact that the school year has already started, are struggling to find accommodation. temporary emergency.
Marinus Jongman of Shelter our Students explained to NO that this year the situation is worse than ever. Not only is the housing market “completely locked in,” meaning graduates are less likely to leave their student accommodation, but in recent years the university has seen a significant increase in student numbers.
As the university’s emergency student shelter is already full – all 240 beds have been claimed – Shelter our Students is currently working to try to help international students find a place to live. Many stay with friends or fellow students, while others spend money on hostels. The municipality recognized the problem, saying NO he does everything in his power to help find temporary accommodation for all students in need.
Accommodation open only to Dutch students or expatriates
Another growing problem is that Dutch landlords and students are unwilling to rent rooms to foreigners. “We know of stories of international students communicating by e-mail in Dutch with an owner via Google Translate. Then there is no problem. But if they then call the phone in English, they can’t get the room anymore, ”Jongman explains.
More and more room announcements on Facebook and on sites like Kamernet and Pararius explicitly state “no foreigners” or “Dutch only”, and international students are calling for an end to this discriminatory behavior.
In a Facebook group for rooms in Tilburg, an international student tags the local university, writing, “I’m tired of seeing houses just for Dutch. This is not correct, it is racism, “adding the hashtag” stopjustfordutch. “Another Dutch student wonders why he regularly sees rooms advertised as Dutch only:” Is this pure racism or is it an experience that you all know I know nothing about? ”they asked.