In 2009 work began on renovating and modernizing the campus of VU University Amsterdam. This work was driven by necessity, by ambition and by the unique opportunities that our location in the Zuidas district offers for a modern university like ours. There are currently 25,000 students enrolled at the University - a number that has grown significantly through the years. Students come to the campus more often and spend more time there. And students - just like lecturers, researchers and PhD candidates - expect a campus that provides teaching and research infrastructure that will help them realize their ambitions. The presence of a scientific community, labour market potential and specialist technology are important reasons for companies to locate on our campus.
‘Meetings and exchanges’ are key concept in the modernization of the campus, which will form part of the integrated development of the Zuidas district and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region. VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center Amsterdam are the key drivers behind this development and are working with the City of Amsterdam in this part of Amsterdam’s Knowledge District. The Zuidas district is also home to institutions for education, research and healthcare, as well as appealing office buildings, and it now also includes student housing.
VU University Amsterdam is redeveloping the campus step-by-step so that it can continue functioning properly during the process of modernization. More open and light buildings will be built around the Campusplein, the area that will be at the heart of the University. A striking example of a beautiful new building is the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), where VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam are collaborating in this field. Next to ACTA, the spectacular O|2 laboratory building is being built by VU University Amsterdam and the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam. It will house extensive and unique research infrastructure for Human Health and Life Sciences. Related companies will be able to locate in new buildings that will be built on the adjacent land, where there are now public gardens. A completely new university building will be constructed next to the Care and Welfare Educational Institute (OZW building). The Uilenstede Satellite Campus will be developed into a bright and cheerful zone containing enticing student residences.
More and more homes are being built near the campus - this includes both luxury apartments and, of course, student housing. The Uilenstede Satellite Campus is also being renovated. A further 800 student houses will be built in the Ravel Residence in 2014, at the junction of De Boelelaan and Antonio Vivaldistraat. In the future, students will also be able to live directly on the VU campus. On-campus housing for around 1,200 students will be built on Campusplein, the vibrant heart of the university.