16:00 – 16:50 | What we can learn from the Dutch government’s student accommodation roadmap

Presentation followed by a panel discussion

🎤 Panellists

Jolan de Bie, Director, Kences, umbrella organisation of Dutch student housing associations
Frank Uffen, Co-Founder & CEO, The Class

Martijn van de Veen (moderator), Chief Business Development Officer, ICEF

📝 Description

As was widespread in the news, the House of Representatives of the Netherlands has asked universities to stop recruiting more international students, mainly due to the housing shortage in the country.

The government is now working on a roadmap to get a better grip on the influx of international students and to make suitable and affordable housing available. This involves a steering committee of government, education and accommodation stakeholders and includes an action plan for 60 thousand extra student beds in the next eight years, with new ideas for the construction of student accommodation and stimulating private landlord lettings.

Jolan de Bie, director of Kences, the umbrella organisation of Dutch student housing associations and one of key stakeholders in the Dutch steering committee, joins us to provide an overview of the situation in the Netherlands and the solutions that are being discussed. What follows is a panel discussion aimed to explore how the Dutch housing issues and suggested solutions can – or cannot – be used as an example for other study destinations that are dealing with similar issues.