As a result, student cities are missing out on millions in funding every year, according to a tour by the BNR news channel last summer. Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Wageningen, Delft and Utrecht are entitled to a government funding grant of €1,200 per student, but they do not receive this money if those students fail to register.
The Maastricht city council wanted to know how much income the city is missing out on. However, the municipality was unable to specify this amount this week, writes university magazine Observant. There are also concerns in Utrecht, Groningen and Leiden. The municipalities are hoping to get back on track with special registration sessions, welcome gifts and closer cooperation with student associations.
But students would be well advised to notify their municipality of their new address themselves. They risk a penalty fine if they have not done so within five days of changing address. The standard fine is €240 but this can rise to €325 if it is shown that a student has deliberately failed to communicate a change of address.
What’s more, students will not receive their mail at the right address, cannot vote in the municipality (or province) where they actually live and risk problems with the surcharges they receive. Another issue is that the Ministry of Housing cannot assess the demand for housing properly. The number of students living at home is probably lower than the figures from Statistics Netherlands would suggest.