The Corona pandemic will have, next to health, a substantial impact on society. Firstly, the economic recession in which we are now, already affects employment. Much as it did with the previous recession that lasted from 2008 to 2014, resulting from the bank crisis. The impact of this recession will, amongst others, cause many businesses going down and organisations having to lay off workers, resulting in increasing unemployment.
Rotterdam student population will increase
Under the above mentioned scenario something else will happen: the Rotterdam student population will rise, as it did during the previous recession.
- Students will try to delay graduating, otherwise they will surely walk straight into unemployment for at least a few years.
- Clever and anticipating students will then (resources permitting) hence decide to be studying longer in a master or wider via a multiple study.
- Parallell to this, more international students will flock to Rotterdam specifically. This since ‘hard’ studies are much more wanted in times of recessions and hardship than ‘soft’ studies like the Arts and Humanities.
This all will see the demand for student rooms in Rotterdam grow exponentially in the coming months in a reputable university city that already has problems in matching supply and demand in student housing.
Secondly since January 2020 Rotterdam Municipal laws on student housing and permits have toughened. Many landlords are no longer allowed renting out their properties as they fail to comply with the new rent standards. Also as of January, students need to commit and carry out volunteer work for the community for at least 4 hours per month. This requirement will be conditional to landlords acquiring new municipal rental permits for their properties. As a result, the supply of student housing will see a decrease in the next months as many properties will not be suitable for renting anymore.
Securing student rooms difficult
Taking the above 2 matters into account:
- Securing (good) housing will become difficult in 2020-2021, as demand will exceed supply.
- This will inevitably cause rent prices to increase. So many students have to be prepared to accept housing in areas further away from campus.
- Being pro-active the next months in securing housing is advisable. Waiting until July and August might be stressful.
If you are interested renting an apartment next year and you already have a committed group of students together, please check the possibilities we have for early birds.
Latest info for international students about this Covid period
Check this web page for the latest info concerning your study and housing in the Netherlands. The Dutch Student Union gathered all important info and links to get answers to your questions.