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HYY and the WSC Network: Helsinki needs more student housing than proposed

10.02.2016

HYY gave today, together with the World Student Capital Network (WSC) a statement to the Helsinki City Board on the draft target program for housing and associated land use for 2016 (AM program) (link goes to a page in Finnish). The production goal of student and youth housing is the same in the draft as in the previous program, that is 300 homes in a year. In its statement the WSC network reminds the city that adequate supply of student housing is proved to have a significant impact on the attractiveness of Helsinki for students coming from other parts of the country and from abroad. The network therefore requires that solely student housing should have a yearly production goal of at least 300 homes and that a separate target for youth housing be defined on the basis of the needs of its target group. Moreover the network proposes that parking space standards in housing construction should be reduced considerably in case of student housing. A reasonable standard would be 1/1000 k-m2.

Read the full statement (in Finnish).