Campus development

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In 2009 work began on renovating and modernizing the campus of VU 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 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 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 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  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.

Living space

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.

 

Main Building renewal

The university’s Main Building will also undergo major renovation work in the coming years, to become the university’s trademark structure. It will be a place where students, scientists and businesses come together to share knowledge and inspiration.

O|2 Lab Building

O|2 Lab Building, part of VU Amsterdam and the VU University Medical Center, is already under construction on De Boelelaan, right next to the ACTA building. VU Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center and the University of Amsterdam will all work together in the O|2 building starting in 2015.

New University Building

The New University Building will combine teaching, research and the cultural programme of De Griffioen in multifunctional rooms.

Campus square

The new Campus square will serve as a lively meeting place characterized by an urban and green atmosphere.

Campus development team

Corporate Real Estate and Facilities is the University’s corporate real estate organization. Together with the VU University Medical Center, the university is a major driver behind the development of the Knowledge District, and it works together with the City of Amsterdam and a range of other partners.