Written by Daniel Tidemann and Sam Shaw
New international students arriving in Aarhus have complained that it is difficult to find good student housing close to the universities.. Now the people behind BaseCamp Student are looking to help solve that issue.
Housing for young people – especially students – in the bigger cities is always a hot topic at the municipality elections in Denmark. For a lot of students it can be hard to afford the rent of an apartment. Therefore a lot of young people want more housing in central locations of Aarhus so they can live close to the place where they are studying and still be able to afford it.
According to a report from the Danish Civil Aviation and Railway Authority of 2019 there were a total of 12.400 apartments targeted for students in Aarhus. Now the construction company Raundahl & Moesby is looking to increase that number by building 663 new furnished rooms in the Northern Aarhus area, specifically intended to be used by international students at the surrounding universities.
The 21,000 m2 site will be home to 4 buildings that will be completed with both common kitchens and tea kitchens, personal bathrooms and a host of facilities such as a cinema, fitness lounge, and a roof terrace. The terrace will supposedly give occupants “a view over the whole of Aarhus.”
According to the leader of the building project, Michael Holst Christensen, construction will be completed at the site by May 2023 at the latest. Initial work began on the site around January of this year, so whilst this may seem like a quick turnaround for a large scale project many students have been at a disadvantage due to the noise pollution caused from the foundations being laid. This is due to the pile driving going on at the site, which is an important part of constructing the supporting foundations of a building.
Tove W. Tjørnfelt, the receptionist at the nearby Danish School of Media and Journalism, gave her opinion on the timing and the noise of the construction, “When the builders first arrived at the school in January, we questioned why they couldn’t have started last term, when nobody was here because of lockdown. Now, they are going to be here until at least December. You can feel the vibrations of the construction through the floor!”
So the noise from the construction has clearly had a knock on effect for the surrounding universities. But upon completion, the new buildings should hopefully improve the quality of life for international students ten fold.