Jan Snel is going to build 300 student residences in Eindhoven in record time

13 Aug 2019 | News articles

Eindhoven is seen as an attractive place to study, with the result that the city is struggling with a shortage of student residences. That’s why Vestide, part of Woonbedrijf, was looking for an affordable solution that could be realised at a rapid pace. After some research, the organisation ended up with Jan Snel, who started a collaboration. The plan is to, within a few months, build 300 student residences near the Berenkuil in Eindhoven, within cycling distance from the colleges and the university.

The application for this project arrived in April 2019, after which the agreement was signed in July 2019. The first new student residences are expected to be completed in November 2019. This gives this collaboration an exceptionally short turnaround time. The four buildings in which the 300 student residences will be placed, were initially built for fifteen years. Subsequently, Woonbedrijf will place the units at a new location, where they will be given a second life.

The compact apartments are intended for international students studying at Fontys University of Applied Sciences or at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The studios are about 18 m2 and have their own kitchen, bathroom and toilet. The student residences will be delivered furnished, which is especially a big plus for international students. The basic rent is about 400 euros per month so that a rent subsidy can be requested. The common areas are created on the ground floor and will include, among other things, a launderette and meeting space.

Another nice feature of this project is that the four buildings are built all-electric, without a gas connection. Heating and water supply are electric and the buildings will also be equipped with solar panels. Another sustainable aspect of this project is that, if necessary, the buildings can be easily adapted and relocated. This makes it possible to respond flexibly to current demand without wasting the materials used.

This project is proof that collaboration pays off. Made possible by a good mindset of all parties involved, in this case, government, municipality, client and supplier. Only then will it be possible to follow this pace, and can a project such as this, with 300 student residences, be completed in just a few months time.