SSH has joined forces with Jebber to develop around 750–800 student and starter residences on a site in Utrecht formerly occupied by the Dutch telecom provider KPN on Burgemeester Fockema Andreaelaan. The site, known as “De Kwekerij” (“The Nursery”), is in a central location between the city centre and De Uithof (Utrecht Science Park) and was purchased by SSH in 2008. The name “De Kwekerij” refers to the time when this district was once home to various market gardens.
Student and starter residences
The site is being readied by both SSH and Jebber in three phases. Phase I – Sequoia – is being developed by SSH consisting of 318 student studio flats in a single apartment block. Phases II and III will be developed by Jebber. construction of the SEQUOIA tower has already started. We expect the new occupants of Sequoia to move in to their new studio flats in the spring of 2020.
The studio flats are approximately 21m2 in size and feature a small kitchenette plus private bathroom with shower and toilet. Each floor has a big and welcoming communal kitchen area where residents can relax, study and eat together.
Who can apply?
Sequoia is a complex for students. That means that the campus contract will apply for anyone renting one of the studio flats. In addition, your income mustn’t be too high. Find out more about the “income test” (“inkomenstoets”) here.
The average waiting time to rent a place in Utrecht is around 18 months. So, if you’re currently at Grade 5 VWO or Grade 5 HAVO (or equivalent), get your registration in now. That will give you the best chance of securing a flat. Then, even if you decide not to study in Utrecht after all, you’ll still be eligible to apply for residences in one of the other SSH cities.
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