December 1, 2022

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A slumber party against the lack of rooms among students: 'I've been sleeping in a tent for months'

A slumber party against the lack of rooms among students: ‘I’ve been sleeping in a tent for months’

Sleeping on the couch with friends, in a tent, or staying longer with your parents. Homeless students need to get creative now because they can’t find a room. To draw attention to their problems and come up with solutions, the Student Housing Crisis Committee organized a sleepover party in Eindhoven on Wednesday evening.

“I’ve been sleeping in a tent with Adele for two months now,” says Noam. She comes from the United States and studies at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. In her first year of study she lived in rooms with Adèle of France. They could only stay there for one year, so they had to look for another place to live. that do not work. Adele and Noam are certainly not alone in this.

“Some foreign students are simply homeless.”

The examination room at LAB-1 this evening is slowly filling up with students who are either looking for accommodation themselves or know people who are having a hard time finding a room. Some carry a pillow under their arms and a sleeping bag on their shoulders. The text appears on the large movie screen dreamA night we dream about together.

“Some foreign students are simply homeless,” says Veronique van Dyck. “The housing shortage is great for everyone, but for students who don’t know their way around Eindhoven, it’s especially hard to find something. In fact, the municipality or the university has to arrange something,” Veronique says.

“It’s ridiculous for two people to live in a five-bedroom house.”

Housing Alderman Micky Verheis van Eindhoven also attended the slumber party. Not to stay the night, but to hear the solutions creative students come up with. “Housing is a problem for all groups, not just students. There are very few homes,” Verhes says. “There are also many students from abroad who don’t come to Eindhoven because of the housing shortage and that’s something we don’t want. More houses are being built, but it all takes a long time.”

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Student Anwyn Howard from Australia thinks there is enough space in the city, but it is not being used properly. “Eindhoven is not well prepared for international students. The houses there are for corporate employees and not for students. Moreover, there are many empty buildings that are perfectly suited for student housing,” says Unwin. “It’s also ridiculous for two people to live in a five-bedroom house. That’s a waste of space.”

After all the ideas are exchanged, sleeping bags are thrown in the cinema and the students hope to start dreaming of a future with enough living space for everyone. Unfortunately, this will remain a dream for now.

Housing alderman Miki Verheis from Eindhoven (Photo: Jan Pels)
Housing alderman Miki Verheis from Eindhoven (Photo: Jan Pels)