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University launches appeal for additional student accommodation

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Published on Friday, 13 September 2019

A couple of days before the beginning of the academic year 2019/2020, a considerable number of students are still on the lookout for suitable accommodation. Currently, 300 students are on the waiting list for one of the student accommodations managed by the University of Luxembourg.

The roughly 1,100 apartments and housing units managed by the University are currently fully booked. While the planned opening of additional residential units will bring some relief, it will not solve a problem that for the impacted students has become a crisis scenario. The commercial real estate market seems unable to provide enough convenient housing in line with the needs and resources of the students.

Most of the students currently seeking accommodation are international. In many cases, proof of residency in Luxembourg is required to obtain a residence permit and to be accepted at the University. In other words, a significant number of students find themselves in a very difficult situation today, which might put at risk the start or continuation of their studies.

In order to allow these students to pursue the studies of their choice, the University launches an urgent appeal to all its employees and to the general public: if you have suitable accommodation available, we kindly ask you to consider offering it to the students currently on the waiting list. For this purpose, the university has set up an emergency service that can be contacted under seve.logement@uni.lu (subject: offre de logement), or under 46 66 44 6610 (Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 18.00).

“Both the students and the University suffer the effects of an overheated housing market which threatens to become an insurmountable obstacle for many students’ ambitions”, states Stéphane Pallage, rector of the University of Luxembourg. “These students have placed their hopes and trust in the University of Luxembourg. Please help us accommodate them while they prepare their future and contribute to the development of their country and of ours. The University thanks you in advance.”