The student population in the Netherlands has grown in recent years.
Compared to other European countries tuition fees are low, and with the country’s large range of English-taught study programmes, housing benefits and top-quality education, the Netherlands has attracted a growing number of international students. At the same time, more and more Dutch students have enrolled in higher education programmes. Significant demand and the lack of relatively affordable student housing have resulted in rising student housing shortages in the country’s most popular student towns and cities.
As a result of the pandemic and the associated travel restrictions, lectures are taking place online, activities have been cancelled and students are expected to stay at home to the extent possible. Many international students wanted to leave the Netherlands during the first lockdown, because online education stands in the way of having a phenomenal foreign exchange experience. Some Master’s degree students who were close to completing their studies decided to leave the country ahead of schedule.
This effect has become even more clearly visible since the start of the second lockdown, and many international students are now completing their studies remotely from their home countries.
In the event that this trend continues, there will be far-reaching consequences for the student housing market in the Netherlands. After all, this market has become increasingly dependent on international students. Does this mean that both the availability of student housing and the reletting period will increase in the medium term?
"Significant demand and the lack of relatively affordable student housing have resulted in rising student housing shortages in the country’s most popular student towns and cities."