May 12, 2022
International Campus (“IC”), a leading investor, developer and operator of concepts for student living and urban living in Europe, just kicked off the construction of a student apartment block in the Dutch city of Leiden. THE FIZZ Leiden will consist of two linked building sections with a combined gross floor area of around 14,900 square metres, split into 394 single-occupancy apartments. The development will also create generously proportioned community spaces as well as a communal garden. The architectural design draft by Kokon Architectuur & Stedenbouw B.V. places great emphasis on sustainability: The concept includes a heat pump, a rainwater harvesting system and a green roof, among other things. Niersman Project Development B.V. is the project developer and general contractor.
“We are now moving ahead with the construction of our second apartment scheme in the Netherlands, which will strongly prioritise sustainability. The student apartment block THE FIZZ creates urgently needed residential accommodation, co-working spaces and recreational amenities for young people,” said Rogier Hetterschijt, Head of Acquisitions for the Netherlands at International Campus Group. “The student apartment block comes with optimal access to the University of Leiden, the town centre and the central railway station. Moreover, it takes less than 30 minutes to get to the seaside. So, it is the perfect setting for a wonderful, productive student life.”
Michael Stapf, Chief Investment Officer at International Campus, added: “We are aware that the Netherlands have a massive shortfall in compact accommodation for students and working professionals. In response, we are planning to move forward with another three acquisitions in this growing market. Over the past two decades, student enrolment in the Netherlands has doubled, whereas the supply in adequate housing has not.”
Founded in 1575, Universiteit Leiden is the oldest university in the Netherlands and counts among the country’s finest higher education institutions. According to the university’s own figures, more than 32,000 students are currently enrolled here (as of 2020). The city also hosts several universities of applied sciences and private institutions. Leiden has a population of around 125,000 (as of early 2022). The local railway station provides quick service connections to Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague. Schiphol Airport is only about 30 minutes away.
Founded in 2011, International Campus Group develops and operates urban living concepts for specific phases of life in Northern Europe. The housing concept "THE FIZZ" is geared towards the needs of students and learners, while the "HVNS" (English "havens") offer is primarily adapted to the needs of professionals. The houses offer modern, fully furnished apartments in central locations, professional house management, useful services and lively communities. Currently, more than 5,800 apartments are in operation and under construction in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The company, with offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam and Luxembourg, employs around 150 people.