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Barracks and boats eyed for student housing

Published: 27 Nov 2012 15:10 GMT+01:00

Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs Peter Ramsauer met representatives from student unions, housing companies and local authorities for their ideas of where Germany's tens of thousands of homeless students could be housed, Die Welt newspaper said on Tuesday.

Suggestions varied from the creative, like converting disused army barracks and floating hotels, to the political – asking for increased grants from state-run development bank the KfW to build new accommodation.

All agreed on how urgently the country needed more housing. Ramsauer told the group that roughly 70,000 student flats were needed.

German student union the DSW said it was calling for a new state-funded, student housing building project. “Houses for students in university towns must remain affordable,” said the organisation's general secretary Achim Meyer auf der Heyde.

The paper said experts would meet again in the New Year to discuss the ideas further.

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Your comments about this article

22:14 November 27, 2012 by nomadams
NDSM Wherf in Amsterdam uses shipping containers stacked upon each other for student housing. It's a great idea and has been really popular. Plus it's easy to move, if necessary, and doesn't require any building.
04:04 November 28, 2012 by vonSchwerin
You mean the free market isn't taking care of this?! I am shocked.
14:28 November 28, 2012 by rmarquina
Those containers in Holland (not only in Amsterdam) are terrible. specially in summer, where they become a giant oven. Moreover, for some "strange" reasons, 90% of this student bunkers (yes, mobile signal inside is almost zero) are given to foreign students making that area some kind of an expat community...

Been there, saw there...
17:02 November 30, 2012 by agbjr
Using ships for student housing isn't new. For many years the SS Stevens (former American Export Lines' SS Exochorda) was moored in the Hudson River at Stevens Technical Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Check this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Stevens
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